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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.
Are You Familiar With the Top 12 Ballroom Dances?
Learn about 12 of the most popular ballroom dances.
Learn the 5 Basic Positions of Ballet
The second position of ballet. Dance.
How Is Folk Dance Defined?
Learn the definition of folk dance.
A Beginner's Guide to Ballet
Learn all about classical ballet. Learn basic beginner ballet steps and techniques of ballet.
9 Illustrated Steps to Help You Learn to Do...
Learn how to do straddle splits, also known as side, center or box splits.
Dance 101 Quiz
Test your knowledge of dance.
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.
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.
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.
What Is Contemporary Dance?
What is contemporary dance?
Your Introduction to Jazz
Jazz dance is a fun type of dancing suitable for all ages. Learn all about the basics of jazz dance.
10 Steps to Making a Perfect Ballerina Bun
Using a hair brush, smoothe hair back neatly.
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.
How to Get Beautiful Dancer's Feet
Learn how to enhance your foot arches for beautiful ballet feet.
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.
The Basics that You Need to Know About the Tango
Learn all about dancing the tango.
What Is Folk Dance?
Folk dance refers to dances developed by groups or communities, as opposed to being made up by a choreographer.
Ballet Quiz - Basic Ballet Quiz
Basic Ballet Quiz Test Your Ballet Knowledge Sorry, but this quiz requires that you have javascript turned
Dancing With the Stars
How do I obtain Dancing With the Stars tickets?
9 Famous Dance Choreographers of the Past and...
Learn about famous dance choreographers.
What Does the Term 'Rumba' Refer To?
Learn all about the Rumba in ballroom dance.
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.
Learn More About the Basics of a Waltz
Learn all about the Waltz in ballroom dancing.
The Characteristics and Steps of the Jive
Learn all about the Jive. Dance.
What You Need to Know About the Paso Doble
Learn all about the Paso Doble in ballroom dancing.
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.
The 5 Ballet Arm Positions
An illustrated tutorial of the arm positions in ballet.
What Is Swing Dancing?
Swing dance is a lively dance style in which couples swing, spin and jump together.
What Is the Samba?
Learn all about the Samba in ballroom dancing.
What Is the Slow Foxtrot?
Learn all about the high-energy Foxtrot.
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.
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 Is Latin Dance?
Latin dance is a fast-paced, often sensual, partner dance characterized by sexy hip movements.
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.
Mambo
Mambo dancers appear quite passionate and seem to express that passion with the movements of their hips.
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.
How can I get higher leg extensions?
Learn how to get your leg extensions higher.
Basic Ballroom Dance Positions
An image gallery of basic partner positions in ballroom dance.
All About Belly Dancing
Learn about the art of belly dancing.
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.
What Is Flamenco Dancing?
Flamenco dance is an expressive dance form that mixes percussive footwork with intricate hand, arm and body movements.
3 Tips for Improving Your Leaps
Following are 3 tips to help you improve your leaps.
An Overview of Swan Lake: The Most Popular of...
Learn all about the famous ballet, Swan Lake.
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.
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 Lyrical Dance?
Lyrical dance is a dance style that blends ballet and jazz dance.
Lindy Hop
Learn all about the Lindy Hop. Dance.
4 Simple Tips to Help You Learn Dance...
The following tips will help you memorize dance routines quickly and easily.
Dance Gift Ideas
Dance outfits for dancers.
Land of Sweets
In the second act of The Nutcracker Ballet, Clara and the prince arrive at the Land of Sweets.
The Basic Steps to Help You Learn to Point Your...
Bend your ankles to improve your point.
Who Is Clara in the Nutcracker Ballet?
Learn about Clara Stahlbaum, the main character in The Nutcracker ballet.
An Illustrated Tutorial of the Charlie Brown...
Learn how to do the Charlie Brown, a dance step in the Cha-Cha Slide.
An Overview of Giselle: The Romantic Ballet...
Learn about the great romantice ballet, Giselle.
Tips for Cleaning Pointe Shoes
Learn tips for properly cleaning pointe shoes.
Quickstep
Learn all about the Quickstep in ballroom dancing.
Anna Pavlova
The world will forever remember the Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova, who brought a more traditional feel to classical ballet.
Do a Pirouette
Bend both legs so you can puch off into your pirouette. Page 2.
The Top 10 Dance Movies
Top 10 movies about dance.
What Is Country and Western Dance?
Country dancing includes several dances, usually danced to country-western music.
5 Essential Elements of Hip Hop Dance
Learn the top five elements of hip hop dance.
Viennese Waltz
Learn all about the Viennese Waltz.
Tips for Attending the Ballet
Get the most out of a ballet performance.
How Is Ballet Dancing Defined?
Learn the definition of ballet dance.
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.
Bob Fosse
Learn all about famous jazz dancer and choreographer Bob Fosse.
Try This Complete Jazz Warm-Up Routine
An illustrated, step-by-step jazz dance warm-up.
How to Install Your Own Ballet Barre
Learn how to make a ballet barre for practicing ballet at home.
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.
Basic Jazz Square
Cross your right foot over your left. Page 2.
Splits Stretches
Try a few extra stretches for getting your splits. Page 4.
History of The Nutcracker Ballet
Over 100 years old, The Nutcracker Ballet was first presented at the Mayinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, on December 17, 1892.
Modern
Learn the definition of modern dance.
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.
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
Correct Alignment for Ballet Dancing
Don't sickle your foot, allowing your big toe to point inward.
Tips for Buying Ballet Slippers
Follow these tips to find the perfect ballet slippers.
Disco Dance
Learn all about disco dance.
How to Do a Battement Tendu in Ballet
Slide one foot forward, maintaining turnout.
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.
Where Did Breakdancing Come from?
Learn about the history of breakdancing.
Fun Facts About the Nutcracker Ballet
The New York City Ballet usually presents around 50 performances of The Nutcracker Ballet each year. Here are a few fun facts about the New York City Ballet's Nutcracker performance.
Teach Your Toddler Ballet
Teach your toddler ballet steps at home.
Arabesque
Lift the back leg to perform an arabesque. Page 2.
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.
Irish Dancing
Learn all about Irish dancing. Dance.
Adult Ballet
It's never too late to learn ballet. Adult ballet is a great way to get into shape and learn something new.
Improve Your Turnout
Raise your right leg, keeping it straight and turned out. Page 2.
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?
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.
Tips for Pirouettes
Learn a few tips for improving your pirouettes.
Spotting
A step-by-step, illustrated tutorial of spotting for turns.
Passe
Learn the definition of passe in ballet.
Coppelia
Learn about Coppelia, a charming, fun ballet.
History of Belly Dance
Learn about the history of belly dancing.
Tap Dance Floors
Learn which type of floor is best for tap dance.
Learn the Cha-Cha Slide: A Fun 9-Step Photo Guide
A step-by-step, illustrated guide to the Cha-Cha Slide dance.
Perfect Gifts for Dance Teachers
If you are in need of a gift for your dance teacher, here are a few ideas.
Learn the Electric Slide
Learn how to dance the Electric Slide so you can join in the fun at your next event.
Dance Competition Tips
Learn tips and tricks for winning dance competitions.
Praise Dance
Learn about praise dancing. Dance.
How to Treat and Prevent Ingrown Toenails for...
Learn about treatment and prevention of ingrown toenails.
Cinderella
Learn about Cinderella, a timeless tale of rags-to-riches.
Leg Stretches for Dancers
An exercise to stretch the hamstrings.
Martha Graham
Learn all about American dancer Martha Graham.
How to Do a Grand Plié in Ballet
Bend your knees into demi plié.
Jazz Stretch Routine
An illustration of a left leg stretch used as a warm-up exercise for jazz dancing.
Twyla Tharp
Learn all about famous choreographer Twyla Tharp.
La Bayadere
La Bayadere, choreographed by Marius Petipa in 1877, tells a story of eternal love, mystery, fate, vengeance, and justice.
Which famous ballets were composed by...
Tchaikovsky wrote the music for three of the most popular ballets of all time.
Learn How to Line Dance
Learn all about line dancing. Dance.
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.
La Sylphide
La Sylphide is credited with being one of the first Romantic ballets.
Don Quixote
Learn about the epic masterpiece, Don Quixote.
Jazz Isolation Routine
An step-by-step, illustrated jazz isolation routine.
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson was born August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana.
Straddle Jump
Prepare for a straddle jump by squatting down to the floor. Page 2.
How To Break In New Pointe Shoes
Learn how to break in a new pair of pointe shoes.
Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty was the first successful ballet composed by Tchaikovsky.
Dance Expressions
Ballet dancers tell stories with their facial expressions. They use expressions instead of using words.
Tap Quiz - Basic Tap Quiz
Basic Tap Quiz Test Your Tap Dancing Knowledge Sorry, but this quiz requires that you have javascript
What happens in a typical ballet class?
Learn all about a basic ballet class.
Stage Makeup for Young Dancers
Line both the upper and lower lash lines with black eyeliner.
Start Learning Ballet Today
Learn the basics of ballet shoes.
Do a Rond de Jambe
Cicle your foot to the side. Dance. Page 2.
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.
How to Tie Pointe Ballet Shoes
Slide the ribbon underneath itself on the inside of the ankle.
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.
Pointe Shoe Rehardening
Learn all about ways to harden and repair pointe shoes.
Prevent and Heal Blisters
Learn how to prevent and heal a blister.
Dance Competitions for Kids
A detailed list of dance competitions for kids and young adults.
Tips for Female Dancers
Learn about a few embarrassing problems you may face as a female dancer, and how to fix them.
Find the Beat of Music
Finding the beat of music is often one of the most difficult tasks facing new dancers.
Qualities of a Good Dance Teacher
Once you have decided to take dance lessons, it is important that you find the right dance teacher.
Barre Stretches
Stretch forward as far as possible. Page 2.
Butterfly Stretch
Push your knees toward the floor for the butterfly stretch.
Two Hand Hold
In the two hand hold position, both hands are held. Page 2.
Disco Dancing
Learn the definition of disco dancing.
How to Prepare Your Body With a Dance Warm Up
A dance warm up should be performed before each dance practice session.
The Ballet Lesson
A step-by-step illustration of a typical ballet lesson.
Learn to do an Elevé in Ballet
Rise up to a full-pointe elevé.
Stretches for Splits
Learn a few stretches to help you do the splits.
How To Ballroom Dance
You don't have to be a dancer to learn ballroom dancing.
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