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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.
Characters of The Nutcracker Ballet
A list of the many characters who make up the holiday ballet favorite.
Learn the 5 Basic Positions of Ballet
Learn the five basic ballet positions of the feet with this illustrated tutorial. These five positions are a fundamental part of classical ballet training.
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.
Are You Familiar With the Top 12 Ballroom Dances?
Learn about 12 of the most popular ballroom dances.
10 Must-See Classical Ballets
Descriptions of the top 10 classical ballets.
A Beginner's Guide to Ballet
Learn all about classical ballet. Learn basic beginner ballet steps and techniques of ballet.
Dance 101 Quiz
Test your knowledge of dance.
Who Is Clara in the Nutcracker Ballet?
Learn about Clara Stahlbaum, the main character in The Nutcracker ballet.
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.
Land of Sweets
In the second act of The Nutcracker Ballet, Clara and the prince arrive at the Land of Sweets.
How to Get Beautiful Dancer's Feet
Learn how to enhance your foot arches for beautiful ballet feet.
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.
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.
What Is Contemporary Dance?
What is contemporary dance?
10 Steps to Making a Perfect Ballerina Bun
This illustrated tutorial shows you how to make the perfect ballerina bun with your hair.
Your Introduction to Jazz
Jazz dance is a fun type of dancing suitable for all ages. Learn all about the basics of jazz 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.
Ballet Quiz - Basic Ballet Quiz
Basic Ballet Quiz Test Your Ballet Knowledge Sorry, but this quiz requires that you have javascript turned
Tips for Attending the Ballet
Get the most out of a ballet performance.
5 Ways That You Can Learn to Dance
Learn how to dance with this step-by-step, illustrated tutorial.
Cha Cha
Learn all about the popular Latin American dance, the Cha Cha.
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.
The Basics that You Need to Know About the Tango
Learn all about dancing the tango.
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.
Zumba: A Perfect Combination of Dance and...
Zumba is a fitness program inspired by Latin dance.
Perfect Gifts for Dance Teachers
If you are in need of a gift for your dance teacher, here are a few ideas.
Dance Gift Ideas
Dance outfits for dancers.
How Is Folk Dance Defined?
Learn the definition of folk dance.
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.
What Is Swing Dancing?
Swing dance is a lively dance style in which couples swing, spin and jump together.
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.
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 can I get higher leg extensions?
Learn how to get your leg extensions higher.
What Does the Term 'Rumba' Refer To?
Learn all about the Rumba in ballroom dance.
How to Install Your Own Ballet Barre
Learn how to make a ballet barre for practicing ballet at home.
What Is Folk Dance?
Folk dance refers to dances developed by groups or communities, as opposed to being made up by a choreographer.
Learn More About the Basics of a Waltz
Learn all about the Waltz in ballroom dancing.
What Is Latin Dance?
Latin dance is a fast-paced, often sensual, partner dance characterized by sexy hip movements.
The Characteristics and Steps of the Jive
Learn all about the Jive. Dance.
Who is the Sugar Plum Fairy?
Learn all about the Sugar Plum Fairy.
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 first arm position in ballet.
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.
An Illustrated Tutorial of the Charlie Brown...
Learn how to do the Charlie Brown, a dance step in the Cha-Cha Slide.
9 Famous Dance Choreographers of the Past and...
Learn about famous dance choreographers.
All About The Nutcracker Ballet
Learn all about the popular holiday tradition, The Nutcracker.
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.
An Overview of Giselle: The Romantic Ballet...
Learn about the great romantice ballet, Giselle.
What You Need to Know About the Paso Doble
Learn all about the Paso Doble in ballroom dancing.
3 Tips for Improving Your Leaps
Following are 3 tips to help you improve your leaps.
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 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.
An Overview of Swan Lake: The Most Popular of...
Learn all about the famous ballet, Swan Lake.
The Basic Steps to Help You Learn to Point Your...
Bend your ankles to improve your point.
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.
What Is Flamenco Dancing?
Flamenco dance is an expressive dance form that mixes percussive footwork with intricate hand, arm and body movements.
What Is a Nutcracker?
What is the significance of a nutcracker?
What Is the Samba?
Learn all about the Samba in ballroom dancing.
All About Belly Dancing
Learn about the art of belly 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.
4 Simple Tips to Help You Learn Dance...
The following tips will help you memorize dance routines quickly and easily.
Mambo dancers appear quite passionate and seem to express that passion with the movements of their hips.
The Top 10 Dance Movies
Top 10 movies about dance.
Enjoying the Ballet
Attending the ballet is a truly magical event. The following tips will help you get the most out of a ballet performance.
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.
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.
5 Essential Elements of Hip Hop Dance
Learn the top five elements of hip hop dance.
Lindy Hop
Learn all about the Lindy Hop. 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
Tips for Cleaning Pointe Shoes
Learn tips for properly cleaning pointe shoes.
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.
Do a Pirouette
A step-by-step, illustrated tutorial of a pirouette, a turn on one leg.
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?
What Is Country and Western Dance?
Country dancing includes several dances, usually danced to country-western music.
Bob Fosse
Learn all about famous jazz dancer and choreographer Bob Fosse.
Disco Dance
Learn all about disco dance.
How to Do a Battement Tendu in Ballet
A step-by-step illustration of a battement tendu in ballet.
Learn about Coppelia, a charming, fun ballet.
Learn all about the Quickstep in ballroom dancing.
How Is Ballet Dancing Defined?
Learn the definition of ballet dance.
Learn the definition of passe in ballet.
Learn How to Line Dance
Learn all about line 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.
Leg Stretches for Dancers
An exercise to stretch the hamstrings.
Splits Stretches
Try a few extra stretches for getting your splits. Page 5.
Anna Pavlova
The world will forever remember the Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova, who brought a more traditional feel to classical ballet.
Learn about Cinderella, a timeless tale of rags-to-riches.
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?
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.
Try This Complete Jazz Warm-Up Routine
An illustrated, step-by-step jazz dance warm-up.
Which famous ballets were composed by...
Tchaikovsky wrote the music for three of the most popular ballets of all time.
How to Do a Grand Plié in Ballet
Bend your knees into demi plié.
Tips for Buying Ballet Slippers
Follow these tips to find the perfect ballet slippers.
Viennese Waltz
Learn all about the Viennese Waltz.
Improve Your Turnout
Flex and point your toes. Dance. Page 4.
Tips for Pirouettes
Learn a few tips for improving your pirouettes.
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.
Teach Your Toddler Ballet
Teach your toddler ballet steps at home.
Learn the Electric Slide
Learn how to dance the Electric Slide so you can join in the fun at your next event.
Praise Dance
Learn about praise dancing. Dance.
Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty was the first successful ballet composed by Tchaikovsky.
Don Quixote
Learn about the epic masterpiece, Don Quixote.
La Bayadere
La Bayadere, choreographed by Marius Petipa in 1877, tells a story of eternal love, mystery, fate, vengeance, and justice.
A step-by-step, illustrated tutorial of spotting for turns.
La Sylphide
La Sylphide is credited with being one of the first Romantic ballets.
Start Learning Ballet Today
Learn the basics of ballet shoes.
How to Treat and Prevent Ingrown Toenails for...
Learn about treatment and prevention of ingrown toenails.
When was the first performance of the...
When was the first showing of The Nutcracker?
Dance Expressions
Ballet dancers tell stories with their facial expressions. They use expressions instead of using words.
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.
Basic Jazz Square
Cross your right foot over your left. Page 2.
Lift the back leg to perform an arabesque. Page 2.
Tap Quiz - Basic Tap Quiz
Basic Tap Quiz Test Your Tap Dancing Knowledge Sorry, but this quiz requires that you have javascript
How to Tie Pointe Ballet Shoes
Wrap one ribbon around your ankle.
Review of The Nutcracker Ballet
Review of the 2007 performance of The Nutcracker Ballet, presented by the Dance Theatre of Bradenton.
What is the ideal body for a ballet dancer?
Learn some of the physical attributes of successful ballet dancers.
Basic Ballroom Dance Positions
An image gallery of basic partner positions in ballroom dance.
Correct Alignment for Ballet Dancing
Don't sickle your foot, allowing your big toe to point inward.
History of Belly Dance
Learn about the history of belly dancing.
What Is the Nutcracker March?
The Nutcracker March is one of the more popular pieces of music from the Nutcracker Ballet.
Where Did Breakdancing Come from?
Learn about the history of breakdancing.
How To Break In New Pointe Shoes
Learn how to break in a new pair of pointe shoes.
The Ballet Lesson
A step-by-step illustration of a typical ballet lesson. Page 3.
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.
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.
Irish Dancing
Learn all about Irish dancing. Dance.
Stage Makeup for Young Dancers
A step-by-step, photographic tutorial showing the proper way to apply stage makeup, specifically for young dancers.
Martha Graham
Learn all about American dancer Martha Graham.
Leg Hold
An illustrated guide to doing a leg hold in dance.
Learn How to Do a Demi Plié in Ballet
Bend your knees to demi plié.
Tips for Female Dancers
Learn about a few embarrassing problems you may face as a female dancer, and how to fix them.
What is a waltz?
Learn about the popular dance style, the waltz.
What Is Turnout?
Turnout in ballet is the outward rotation of the feet and the hips.
How to Make Heidi Braids
Secure second braid to your head.
Dance Competitions for Kids
A detailed list of dance competitions for kids and young adults.
Audience Etiquette
Just as ballet dancers have a responsibility to their audience, the audience has a responsibility to the dancers.
Romeo and Juliet
Learn about Romeo and Juliet, a ballet by Sergei Prokofiev.
Mikhail Baryshnikov
Known as the best living male ballet dancer, Mikhail Baryshnikov is a famous Russian dancer.
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson was born August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana.
What Is a Good Ballet for Kids?
Most children, especially girls, love to watch ballerinas perform on stage.
Learn the definition of modern dance.
Learn the Definition of Elevé in Ballet
In ballet, is an elevé the same thing as a relevé?
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