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Dance: Most Popular Articles

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12 Popular Styles of Dancing
Learn about the many different styles of dance: ballet, modern, hip-hop, folk, jazz, ballroom, tap, and many more.
Learn the 5 Basic Positions of Ballet
The second position of ballet. Dance.
A Beginner's Guide to Ballet
Learn all about classical ballet. Learn basic beginner ballet steps and techniques of ballet.
Are You Familiar With the Top 12 Ballroom Dances?
Learn about 12 of the most popular ballroom dances.
10 Steps to Making a Perfect Ballerina Bun
Using a hair brush, smoothe hair back neatly.
16 Famous Dancers You Need to Know
Profiles and highlights of some of the most famous dancers, both past and present. Learn about several people in the field of dance.
All About Hip Hop Dancing
Hip hop is a popular, energetic dance style, usually danced to hip hop music, that evolved from the hip hop culture.
Dancing With the Stars
How do I obtain Dancing With the Stars tickets?
What Is Contemporary Dance?
What is contemporary dance?
9 Illustrated Steps to Help You Learn to Do...
The first of 9 steps in an illustrated, easy tutorial to teach you how to do splits, including front and straddle splits.
Characters of The Nutcracker Ballet
A list of the many characters who make up the holiday ballet favorite.
10 Must-See Classical Ballets
Descriptions of the top 10 classical ballets.
Your Introduction to Jazz
Jazz dance is a fun type of dancing suitable for all ages. Learn all about the basics of jazz dance.
Everything You Need to Know About Modern Dance
Modern dance is a dancing style that rejects many of the strict rules of classical ballet, focusing instead on the expression of inner feelings.
How to Get Beautiful Dancer's Feet
Learn how to enhance your foot arches for beautiful ballet feet.
5 Ways That You Can Learn to Dance
Learn how to dance with this step-by-step, illustrated tutorial.
Zumba: A Perfect Combination of Dance and...
Zumba is a fitness program inspired by Latin dance.
Dance 101 Quiz
Test your knowledge of dance.
The 5 Ballet Arm Positions
An illustrated tutorial of the first arm position in ballet.
Is Your Diet Dancer Friendly?
Serious dancers need a proper diet to perform at their best. Learn about foods a dancer should, and shouldn't, eat.
9 Famous Dance Choreographers of the Past and...
Learn about famous dance choreographers.
A Step-by-Step Guide for How to Do the Cha-Cha...
Step-by-step illustrations of the Cha-Cha Slide, a popular party dance.
What's a Good Age for a Child to Begin Taking...
Until the age of 8, children benefit most from pre-ballet classes. Before then, the bones are too soft for the demands of technical exercises.
Cha Cha
Learn all about the popular Latin American dance, the Cha Cha.
The Nutcracker
For many people, the holidays wouldn't seem complete without attending a performance of The Nutcracker Ballet. Here is a close look at The Nutcracker, a traditional holiday favorite.
Ballet Quiz - Basic Ballet Quiz
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The Basics that You Need to Know About the Tango
Learn all about dancing the tango.
Learn More About the Basics of a Waltz
Learn all about the Waltz in ballroom dancing.
Tap Dance Tips for Beginners
Tap is an exciting form of dancing in which dancers wear special shoes equipped with metal taps. Tap dancers use their feet like drums to create rhythmic patterns and timely beats.
Try This Complete Jazz Warm-Up Routine
An illustrated, step-by-step jazz dance warm-up.
How can I get higher leg extensions?
Learn how to get your leg extensions higher.
Passe
Learn the definition of passe in ballet.
The Characteristics and Steps of the Jive
Learn all about the Jive. Dance.
The Top 4 Health Benefits of Dancing
Dancing is a great way for people of all ages to get and stay in shape. Besides being fun, dancing has many positive health benefits. Following are the top 4 health benefits of dance.
What Does the Term 'Rumba' Refer To?
Learn all about the Rumba in ballroom dance.
How Much Do Dance Classes Really Cost?
Your daughter wants to take dance classes. How musch will dance classes cost? Can you afford it?
What Is Latin Dance?
Latin dance is a fast-paced, often sensual, partner dance characterized by sexy hip movements.
What Is Lyrical Dance?
Lyrical dance is a dance style that blends ballet and jazz dance.
An Overview of Giselle: The Romantic Ballet...
Learn about the great romantice ballet, Giselle.
A Straddle Stretch Routine for Learning to do a...
A step-by-step guide illustrating how to stretch to increase flexibility for doing the splits.
3 Tips for Improving Your Leaps
Following are 3 tips to help you improve your leaps.
What Is the Slow Foxtrot?
Learn all about the high-energy Foxtrot.
What Is Flamenco Dancing?
Flamenco dance is an expressive dance form that mixes percussive footwork with intricate hand, arm and body movements.
Tips for Buying Ballet Slippers
Follow these tips to find the perfect ballet slippers.
The Basic Steps to Help You Learn to Point Your...
Bend your ankles to improve your point.
History of Belly Dance
Learn about the history of belly dancing.
4 of the Basic Barre Exercises in Ballet
Work at the barre is meant to warm up the muscles and improve turnout and balance. Each barre exercise should be performed on one side of the body and then again on the other.
Teach Your Toddler Ballet
Teach your toddler ballet steps at home.
What Is Swing Dancing?
Swing dance is a lively dance style in which couples swing, spin and jump together.
9 Popular Brands and Styles of Pointe Shoes
Learn about nine different brands (Bloch, Capezio etc), enabling dancing en pointe, which is an integral part of a ballet dancer's training.
What Is Folk Dance?
Folk dance refers to dances developed by groups or communities, as opposed to being made up by a choreographer.
How to Get Your Child Started in Dance
Learn how to start your child in dance, including information about dance classes and how to find the perfect dance teacher.
4 Simple Tips to Help You Learn Dance...
The following tips will help you memorize dance routines quickly and easily.
What You Need to Know About the Paso Doble
Learn all about the Paso Doble in ballroom dancing.
What Is the Samba?
Learn all about the Samba in ballroom dancing.
How to Tie Pointe Ballet Shoes
Wrap one ribbon around your ankle.
Adult Ballet
It's never too late to learn ballet. Adult ballet is a great way to get into shape and learn something new.
How to Do a Battement Tendu in Ballet
Slide one foot forward, maintaining turnout.
How You Can Become a Dancer
Do you want to become a dancer? Here is everything you need to know to become a dancer. Read beginner questions and answers, learn about dance equipment, and learn all about different dance styles including ballet, tap, jazz and more. A must-read guide for anyone who wants to become a dancer.
How to Install Your Own Ballet Barre
Learn how to make a ballet barre for practicing ballet at home.
All About Belly Dancing
Learn about the art of belly dancing.
The Top 10 Dance Movies
Top 10 movies about dance.
5 Essential Elements of Hip Hop Dance
Learn the top five elements of hip hop dance.
An Overview of Swan Lake: The Most Popular of...
Learn all about the famous ballet, Swan Lake.
Coupe
Learn a coupe in ballet. Dance.
Do a Pirouette
A step-by-step, illustrated tutorial of a pirouette, a turn on one leg.
Anna Pavlova
The world will forever remember the Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova, who brought a more traditional feel to classical ballet.
Splits Stretches
Try a few extra stretches for getting your splits. Page 5.
A Guide to Ballet for Kids and Parents
A ballet guide for kids and parents. This guide will introduce both girls and boys to the world of ballet.
How Is Ballet Dancing Defined?
Learn the definition of ballet dance.
Improve Your Turnout
Raise your right leg, keeping it straight and turned out. Page 2.
Leg Stretches for Dancers
An exercise to stretch the hamstrings.
An Illustrated Tutorial of the Charlie Brown...
Learn how to do the Charlie Brown, a dance step in the Cha-Cha Slide.
Improve Your Balance
Balance is the ability to maintain the center of gravity of the body while minimizing postural sway. Balance is an important component of all types of dance
Tips for Pirouettes
Learn a few tips for improving your pirouettes.
Mambo
Mambo dancers appear quite passionate and seem to express that passion with the movements of their hips.
Jazz Stretch Routine
An illustrated stretch routine for jazz dancing that you can do at home.
Correct Alignment for Ballet Dancing
Don't sickle your foot, allowing your big toe to point inward.
How to Know Which Dance Style Is Right for You
If you are considering learning how to dance, you have several dance styles from which to choose. Whatever your reasons for wanting to learn, you must first choose a dance style. How do you know which dance style is right for you?
How to Create Your Own Dance Routine
It's fun and simple to put together a dance routine. Find out how to choreograph a dance.
Who Is Clara in the Nutcracker Ballet?
Learn about Clara Stahlbaum, the main character in The Nutcracker ballet.
How To Break In New Pointe Shoes
Learn how to break in a new pair of pointe shoes.
Irish Dancing
Learn all about Irish dancing. Dance.
How to Do a Grand Plié in Ballet
Bend your knees into demi plié.
Bob Fosse
Learn all about famous jazz dancer and choreographer Bob Fosse.
What Is Country and Western Dance?
Country dancing includes several dances, usually danced to country-western music.
How to Prepare Your Body With a Dance Warm Up
A dance warm up should be performed before each dance practice session.
Lindy Hop
Learn all about the Lindy Hop. Dance.
Can dancing cause weight loss?
Dancing is a fantastic form of exercise. It can burn as many calories as walking, swimming or riding a bicycle, while working the major muscle groups.
Tips for Teaching Creative Movement
Learn a few techniques for teaching creative movement.
Tips for Cleaning Pointe Shoes
Learn tips for properly cleaning pointe shoes.
Praise Dance
Learn about praise dancing. Dance.
Qualities of a Good Dance Teacher
Once you have decided to take dance lessons, it is important that you find the right dance teacher.
Tap Shoes
One of the most important skills a tap dancer needs to learn is how to choose the right pair of tap shoes, since there are many different styles available.
Viennese Waltz
Learn all about the Viennese Waltz.
Basic Ballroom Dance Positions
An image gallery of basic partner positions in ballroom dance.
Arabesque
Lift the back leg to perform an arabesque. Page 2.
Tap Dance Floors
Learn which type of floor is best for tap dance.
Learn Ballet
Learn the basics of ballet shoes.
Where Did Breakdancing Come from?
Learn about the history of breakdancing.
Disco Dance
Learn all about disco dance.
What Is Turnout?
Turnout in ballet is the outward rotation of the feet and the hips.
Learn All You Need to Know About Belly Dancing
Learn the top four benefits of belly dancing.
Dance Expressions
Ballet dancers tell stories with their facial expressions. They use expressions instead of using words.
Basic Jazz Square
Cross your right foot over your left. Page 2.
Learn How to Line Dance
Learn all about line dancing. Dance.
Quickstep
Learn all about the Quickstep in ballroom dancing.
5 Requirements to Begin Pointe Work
Starting pointe work marks a milestone in a dancer's life. How do you know when you're ready for pointe shoes?
Dance Team Tryout Tips
Learn tips for dance team tryouts.
Learn the Cha-Cha Slide: A Fun 9-Step Photo Guide
A step-by-step, illustrated guide to the Cha-Cha Slide dance.
Spotting
A step-by-step, illustrated tutorial of spotting for turns.
Martha Graham
Learn all about American dancer Martha Graham.
Learn How to Do a Demi Plié in Ballet
Bend your knees to demi plié.
Learn the Definition of Elevé in Ballet
In ballet, is an elevé the same thing as a relevé?
Jazz Isolation Routine
An step-by-step, illustrated jazz isolation routine.
How can my child get a role in The Nutcracker?
Learn how to get a role in The Nutcracker Ballet.
How Is Folk Dance Defined?
Learn the definition of folk dance.
La Sylphide
La Sylphide is credited with being one of the first Romantic ballets.
Land of Sweets
In the second act of The Nutcracker Ballet, Clara and the prince arrive at the Land of Sweets.
Improve Your Posture
Good posture is important for all types of dance. Improving your posture will also enhance your overall appearance.
Do a Developpe
Illustrated tutorial of a developpe in ballet.
What Is The Nutcracker Suite?
The Nutcracker Suite is the name given to eight of the most popular pieces from the ballet, chosen by Tchaikovsky.
How To Strengthen Your Feet for Pointework
If you are new to pointework, or are hoping to start dancing on pointe soon, try this exercise to strengthen your feet.
Do a Rond de Jambe
Cicle your foot to the side. Dance. Page 2.
What to Wear to Ballet Class
Part of dancing your best is knowing that you look your very best. What should you wear to ballet class?
How to Jump Higher With Plyometrics
Many dancers complain about the height of their jumps. Do you want to increase the height of your jumps? Try these things to help.
Which dance style is best for our first dance?
The type of dancing you choose to perform should reflect the feelings that you share, and possibly a song that is meaningful to you as a couple.
Dance Competitions for Kids
A detailed list of dance competitions for kids and young adults.
Electric Slide
Learn how to dance the Electric Slide so you can join in the fun at your next event.
Survive a Dance Audition
These five tips will help you do well at your next dance audition.
Jazz Turns
Learn how to perform a jazz pirouette.
What happens in a typical ballet class?
Learn all about a basic ballet class.
Cinderella
Learn about Cinderella, a timeless tale of rags-to-riches.
Coppelia
Learn about Coppelia, a charming, fun ballet.
Healthy Diet for Injured Dancers
Learn about foods you can include in your diet to help heal dance injuries.
What is the ideal body for a ballet dancer?
Learn some of the physical attributes of successful ballet dancers.
Straddle Jump
Prepare for a straddle jump by squatting down to the floor. Page 2.
Find the Beat of Music
Finding the beat of music is often one of the most difficult tasks facing new dancers.
Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty was the first successful ballet composed by Tchaikovsky.
How to Tie a Ballet Skirt
Learn how to tie a ballet skirt.
Healthy Snacks for Dancers
Learn a few healthy snacks to eat before your next dance class.
Leg Hold
An illustrated guide to doing a leg hold in dance.
Dancing with the Stars
Watching the various ballroom dances on Dancing with the Stars makes me want to get up and dance! Dancing
Learn to do an Elevé in Ballet
Lift both heels to elevé.
Stretches for Splits
Learn a few stretches to help you do the splits.
How to Improve Your Flexibility Effectively
How can I stretch more effectively in order to improve my splits?
Act One of The Nutcracker Ballet
The first act of The Nutcracker Ballet consists of three sections: the Party Scene, the Battle and the Land of Snow.
Dance Gift Ideas
A guide to finding the perfect gift for every dancer.
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