“The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. Dancing is poetry with arms and legs” – Charles Baudelaire
Dancing is a wonderful activity. It’s a creative way of expression. It is an effective means of narrating a story or giving a message. Just seeing people dance with joy can make you forget your worries for a while. It’s a great way to reduce stress.
So, here are 5 famous dances from around the world that never fail to amaze the audience.
1.The Quadrille (France)
The dance requires 4 couples to create a rectangular formation. Quadrille is said to be the precursor of American square dancing. Usually, the head couple performs a dance set which is then repeated by the other pairs. The dancers create specific patterns with their feet and turn their heads from left to right.
2. Nati Dance (India)
It is a traditional folk dance that’s famous in Himachal Pradesh. It is registered in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest folk dance. People rhythmically dance to the beats of Narsingha, Karnal, Nagara, and Dhol.
Earlier, only men took part in performing this dance but nowadays women also take part in it. Men wear decorative caps, sashes, churidars, and women wear ghagras, caps, churidars, and ornaments called ‘chanki and Tunki’.
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3. Kabuki Dance (Japan)
It is a famous theatrical art form in Japan. The dance was developed for the entertainment of the working class. It is a stage drama that includes dancing, miming, and singing.
The word ‘Kabuki’ is sometimes used as a synonym for political posturing because after World War 2 Japan sent Kabuki dancers on tour in an effort to earn people’s goodwill.
4. Hopak (Ukraine)
This folk dance is considered ‘the National Dance of Ukraine’. It is usually performed as a solitary concert dance but the dance can also be included in operas, ballets, and theatre. The dance includes a lot of jumping and hopping in the air and is closely associated with gymnastics and acrobatics.
5. Kecak Dance (Indonesia)
It is also known as ‘the Ramayana monkey chant’. The dance is performed daily in the evenings in Ululate Temple (Bali) and Tanah Lot (Bali).
The dance depicts the tale of Sita’s abduction by Ravana, the burning of Lanka by Hanuman, the construction of the Rama Setu bridge by the Vanaras, and the victory of Lord Rama.
The excitement of the dancers is reverberated by the audience. Dancing is capable of uplifting anyone’s spirits.
So, if you ever visit these countries make sure that you get to see these spectacular performances.
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