29 Dance Styles from Different Cultures

Dance is a synchronization between mind, body and music! The body moves in rhythm to the music. Dancing is fun! It can be used as an expression, social interaction, exercise and also used to express ideas or tell a story.

Today is the International Dance Day, introduced in 1982 and is celebrated on April 29 every year. To celebrate this amazing day, 29th April, Toplst chose 29 dance styles from different cultures around the world. Some are very popular around the world, but others are probably new to you.

Get ready to feel the rhythm of music! At the end, get a few minutes, choose your favorite style and dance! It’s an easy way to get rid of all negative emotions.

Order – alphabetical.

1. Adumu

Maasai traditional dance, sometimes referred as “the jumping dance” by non-Maasai.

2. Ballet

Ballet is a type of performance dance, originated in the Italian Renaissance courts and quickly spread to the French court. The creation of classical ballet as it is known today occurred under Louis XIV.

3. Ballroom Dance

The term “ballroom dancing” is derived from the word ball, which in turn originates from the Latin word ballare which means “to dance”, and at its widest definition, may refer to almost any type of partner dancing as recreation.

4. Barynya

Barynya is a fast Russian folk dance and music.

5. Belly Dance

Belly dance or bellydance, originating from the Middle East, takes many different forms depending on the country and region, both in costume and dance style, and new styles have evolved in the West as its popularity has spread global.

6. Bhaṅgṛā

Bhaṅgṛā refers to several types of dance originating from the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent.

7. Bon Odori

Bon is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one’s ancestors. It has been celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon-Odori.

8. Breakdance

Breakdancing is a style of street dance that originated among Black and Puerto Rican youths in New York City during the early 1970s.

9. Cha-Cha

The cha-cha-cha, or simply cha-cha, is a dance of Cuban origin.

10. Disco

Disco is a genre of music that peaked in popularity in the late 1970s, though it has since enjoyed brief resurgences including the present day.

11. Flamenco

Flamenco is a form of Spanish folk music and dance from the region of Andalusia in southern Spain.

12. Freak Dance

Freak dancing, also known as freaking or grinding is a type of close partner dance.

13. Hip Hop Dance

Hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture.

14. Irish Dance

Irish dance is a group of traditional dance forms originating in Ireland.

15. Jazz Dance

Jazz dance is a classification shared by a broad range of dance styles. Jazz dancing is a form of dance that showcases a dancer’s individual style and originality. Every jazz dancer interprets and executes moves and steps in their own way.

16. Kathak

Kathak is one of the eight forms of Indian classical dance.

17. Lambada

Lambada is a dance from Pará, Brazil. The dance became internationally popular in the late 1980s, especially in Southern Europe, Latin America and Caribbean countries.

18. Line Dance

A line dance is a choreographed dance with a repeated sequence of steps in which a group of people dance in one or more lines or rows without regard for the gender of the individuals, all facing either each other or in the same direction, and executing the steps at the same time.

19. Lyrical Dance

Lyrical dance is a dance style that blends ballet and jazz dance. Lyrical is generally smoother and a bit faster than ballet, but not quite as fast as jazz.

20. Nihon Buyō

Nihon Buyō or Buyō is a traditional Japanese performing art, a mixture of dance and pantomime, it is particularly conspicuous as the style of dancing performed by geisha.

21. Salsa

Salsa is a popular form of social dance that originated in New York with strong influences from Latin America, particularly Cuba and Puerto Rico.

22. Samba

The Samba music rhythm has been danced in Brazil since its inception in the late 19th century.

23. Street Dance

Street dance, refers to dance styles that evolved outside of dance studios in any available open space.

24. Sword Dance

Sword dances are recorded throughout world history but many believe that sword dancing evolved from the early Chinese art of wu shu. The simple martial art became a military training technique with swords and spears and then turned into an elaborate acrobatic dance. There are various traditions of solo and mock-battle sword dances from China, England, Greece, India, Japan, Korea, the Middle East, Pakistan, and Scotland.

25. Swing Dance

Swing dance is most commonly known as a group of dances that developed with the swing style of jazz music.

26. Tap Dance

Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sound of one’s tap shoes hitting the floor (or other surfaces) as a percussive instrument.

27. Tinikling Dance

The tinikling dance is one of the most popular and well-known of traditional Philippine dances. The tinikling involves two people beating, tapping, and sliding bamboo poles on the ground and against each other in coordination with one or more dancers who step over and in between the poles in a dance.

28. Yangko Dance

The Yangko dance is a traditional folk dance popular in China’s northern provinces.

29. Zumba

Zumba is a dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez during the 1990s. Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements. Zumba’s choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo and martial arts.