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} Why walk when you can dance? - International Dance Day



If you’re pondering whether International Dance Day is just another addition to the various days that are being commemorated worldwide, then you’re in for a surprise. Each year on 29th April, International Dance Day aims to spread cognizance about the value of dance as an art form across political, cultural and ethnic barriers and to promote it globally in all its forms. The day was created by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), UNESCO’s main partner for performing arts.

Not just in India, but in any part of the world, dancing has always been a source of glee and ecstasy. It’s a way to express joys, sorrows and communicate emotions or a story with elegance. Dancing not only gives you a good health but also keeps your mind at peace. Many Bollywood Celebrities also celebrated the occasion by posting special videos on their social media handles including Varun Dhawan, Sonakshi Sinha, Shraddha Kapoor, Sanya Malhotra and many renowned Choreographers in the industry.

As the world witnessed International Dance Day last week, let’s take a look at various dance forms that can make you groove. 

Bharatanatyam 
It is one of the oldest dance forms in India. It is characterized by a linear form of the body without any pronounced movement of the upper body and linear spatial patterns, which make the dance form extremely dynamic and powerful.   
Hip Hop
The urban dance form, also known as Street Dance, is mostly performed to hip hop, urban, and rap music. It allows its dancers to perform with freedom of movement.

Jazz
This prevalent dance form is said to have been influenced by ballet, modern, tap, hip-hop, African dance and many more styles.  

Ballet
The main features of this dance are standing on the toes and the arms held out in an extended curve. As a result, these dancers have substantial strength in their hamstrings, glutes, calves and feet. 

Tap dancing
Wearing shoes specially designed with metal plates on the toe and heel, dancers of this form use their feet to create sound similar to those produced by thudding instruments.

Tango
It’s a sensual ballroom dance that came into being in different regions and eras of Argentina and elsewhere around the world, in response to many cultural elements.

Lyrical
This ballet-based dance form also comprehends jazz and modern dance moves and emphases on conveying musicality and emotion through movement
 



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