From Wikipedia

Dance is an art form that generally refers to movement of the body, usually rhythmic and to music, used as a form of expression, social interaction or presented in a spiritual or performance setting.

Dance may also be regarded as a form of nonverbal communication between humans, and is also performed by other animals (bee dance, patterns of behaviour such as a mating dance). Gymnastics, figure skating and synchronized swimming are sports that incorporate dance, while martial arts kata are often compared to dances. Motion in ordinarily inanimate objects may also be described as dances (the leaves danced in the wind).


Listening in to the radio on Friday evening I heard something that made me thing about the origins of dancing in various cultures.  One musical piece using a ‘folk dance’ as its root was fast and, as the presenter described, you can almost hear where they stamped their feet and clapped their hands; probably movements to warm them up on cold nights.

The origins of the earliest dancing are so far back in human history that the actual reasons for moving in a particular way, repeatedly until it becomes a known and recognised pattern in a culture are lost and gone for ever.

So why do people dance?

It’s fun.

It’s a sort of bonding between people doing the same thing.

 It’s entertainment to watch.

It lifts one out of oneself.

It’s a great form of exercise that is lots of fun to do.

It’s a form of mental and physical discipline that brings other rewards of competence in other areas of their lives.

I went to look at some, and several hours later, here are some of the better dances I found online.

So browse if you want. Me – I’m off outside to dance in the drifts of autumn leaves.

A baby dancing the ‘Samba’

Modern dance ‘evolution’

Some ‘flawless’ dancing

“Obama’ dancing

One better – Nelson Mandela dancing

Some Bolshoi swans

Chinese State Circus, excerpt from Swan Lake

Chinese Balinese

Indonesian Dance

Dirty Dancing “Hungry Eyes”


Standard Viennese Waltz

Al Pacino’s “Blind Tango”


Hip Hop (Philippines )

Hip Hop (Xtatic)

Belly Dance (Lebanese)


Spanish for the Olympics

More Spanish and more and more

Male flamenco dancing

And again

Wedding Hora

North American

Morris Dancing

Maypole dancing in reality and again

Maypole dancing in ballet

‘Hicks with sticks’

Norwegian folk dance

Vietnamese dance

Maori Haka (for those who think only rugby players dance it) and of course the read deal (All Blacks Haka)

Chilean Folkdance 



23 thoughts on “Dance

  1. I used to love dancing when I was younger — now we only dance maybe once or twice a year — sad, really. Thanks for a wonderful post.

    1. it was fun researching. not a very even spread across the world, but a sample.

      Mandela was not a young man there, but always game for somethimg to make people smile and be happy together

  2. Wow! A week’s dance lined up for my perusal! I’m from the Footloose school of dance. When the music starts I just can’t help that toe tapping. And the rest…

  3. That is a lovely lot of links!

    You are Carl Maria von Weber, with your Invitation to the Dance!

    (btw – I usually copy my responses here as well.)


    you know…I was sad that my poem made you sad (though, i never write them with a happy hand) so I thought I MUST write for your weekend theme despite the fact I had started, but was struggling. Ergo, we’ve this end product, a poem about one who dances, BUT, one who earns her creative freedom, and it is ageless. Ironic, I forgot that you are in autumn…I’m glad I stuck with my fall-time memories. Cheers ~

  5. I love the samba baby. In isiZulu one would say “uyayishaya” which literally means he is good but you would say that when you are totally enchanted. 🙂

  6. Ah, thank you, Sidey, for such an uplifting post! Love it! As for my personal favorite, I never tire of Nelson Mandela’s smile, wisdom and dancing – nor of Johnny Clegg & his awesome music. Thanks again 🙂

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