[Working Definition]

Rhythmic body movements, usually to music, as a form of expression.


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Ballet (1660 - 1670)- a classical dance form demanding grace and precision and employing formalized steps and gestures set in intricate, flowing patterns to create expression through movement

Jazz (1905 - 1910) - music originating in New Orleans around the beginning of the 20th century and subsequently developing through various increasingly complex styles, generally marked by intricate, propulsive rhythms, polyphonic ensemble playing, improvisatory, virtuosic solos, melodic freedom, and a harmonic idiom ranging from simple diatonicism through chromaticism to atonality.

Tap (1925- 1930) - a dance in which the rhythm or rhythmical variation is audibly tapped out with the toe or heel by a dancer wearing shoes with special hard soles or with taps.

Hip-Hop (1985 - 1890) - the popular subculture of big-city teenagers, which includes rap music, break dancing, and graffiti art.

Modern (1910 - 1915) - a form of contemporary theatrical and concert dance employing a special technique for developing the use of the entire body in movements expressive of abstract ideas

Swing (1930s)- Big Band music, swing music: a style of jazz, popular esp. in the 1930s and often arranged for a large dance band, marked by a smoother beat and more flowing phrasing than Dixieland and having less complex harmonies and rhythms than modern jazz.

Contra dance (1795- 1805) - A folk dance performed in two lines with the partners facing each other.

Country and western dance (1570- 1580) -a dance of rural English origin in which the dancers form circles or squares or in which they face each other in two rows.

Belly Dance (1895 - 1900) - an Oriental solo dance, performed by a woman with midriff exposed, emphasizing movements of the pelvis and abdominal muscles.

Flamenco (1895 - 1900) - a style of dancing, characteristic of the Andalusian Gypsies, that is strongly rhythmic and involves vigorous actions, as clapping the hands and stamping the feet.

Latin Dance - Cha-cha-cha, Rumba, Samba, Salsa, Mambo, danza, Merengue, Tumba, Bachata, Cumbia, and Bolero.

Folk Dance (1905 - 1910) -a dance that originated among, and has been transmitted through, the common people.

Ballroom - Any of various social dances, such as the fox trot, tango, or waltz, in which couples follow a conventional pattern of steps.

Liturgical Dance - Liturgical dance is a Christian expression of prayer or worship through body movement (wikipedia)

Traditional Dance

Participative dance improvisation

[Venues in NYC]

American Ballet Theatre


Brooklyn Academy of Music

City Center

Dance Theatre of Harlem

Dance Theater Workshop

Dance Theater Workshop

Hiro Ballroom

Joyce Soho

Joyce Theater

Judson Church


Merce Cunningham Studio

New York City Ballet

P.S. 122


St. Mark's Church in the Bowery

Tribeca Performing Arts Center

Webster Hall

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