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Popular Dance

This page covers all forms of dance except ballet and related forms, for which see Classical Dance.

Countries of Origin

The tango originated in Click to show or hide the answer
The samba, and the bossa nova (which is similar to the samba) originated in Click to show or hide the answer
The conga, rumba, cha–cha, mambo and habanera originated in Click to show or hide the answer
The gavotte originated in Click to show or hide the answer
The csárdás is a traditional dance of Click to show or hide the answer
The mazurka is the national dance of Click to show or hide the answer
The pasa doble originated in Click to show or hide the answer

Dances (etc.)

Slow rumba–style dance from Guadeloupe and Martinique, made famous by a Cole Porter song of 1935 Click to show or hide the answer
Originated among the African American population of the southern US states, becoming a national craze during the 1920s Click to show or hide the answer
Dance troupe associated with the Folies Bergere, Paris, from 1932; founded by Margaret Kelly (d. 2005) Click to show or hide the answer
Type of dance originating in Spain (credited to a dancer from Cadiz, around 1780) and also associated with Cuba; also the name of a short jacket with long sleeves Click to show or hide the answer
Passing back to back (in a square dance) Click to show or hide the answer
Traditional Maori dance form – one type of which (a war dance) is performed with great relish by the New Zealand rugby team (All Blacks) before each game Click to show or hide the answer
1975 dance craze spawned by a Top 10 hit (US No. 1) for Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony Click to show or hide the answer
Dance craze of the late 1980s: a dance for couples, originating in Brazil Click to show or hide the answer
Derived from the Charleston, named after a famous aviator (originated in New York around 1928) Click to show or hide the answer
Named after a priestess in the Voodoo religion of Haiti Click to show or hide the answer
Spanish dance where the man represents a bullfighter and the woman his cloak; name means 'double step' Click to show or hide the answer
19th century Bohemian dance: three steps and a hop, in quick time Click to show or hide the answer
Slow dance in ¾ time: name is the French adjective indicating its country of origin Click to show or hide the answer
Historic name for a dance involving four couples in a square formation (precursor of the square dance) Click to show or hide the answer
Originated in the 1920s, incorporating elements of the foxtrot, the Charleston, the shah and the peabody Click to show or hide the answer
Originated in New York in the 1970s, influenced by various Latin American styles: name is Spanish for 'sauce' Click to show or hide the answer
Tempos in Scottish dancing Click to show or hide the answer
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Named after a city in southern Italy, once thought to cure a form of insanity caused by the bite of the wolf spider. Variations include the Neapolitan, Sicilian, Apulian and Calabrian Click to show or hide the answer
Name comes from the German word meaning to revolve (walzen) Click to show or hide the answer
Style of dance music originating in Louisiana, influenced by blues and West Indian music, using instruments such as accordion, saxophone, and washboard Click to show or hide the answer

People

Described by both George Balanchine and Rudolf Nureyev as "the world's greatest dancer" Click to show or hide the answer
US dancer, caused a sensation in Paris 1925 with a costume that included bananas and little else Click to show or hide the answer
Principal female dancer of Riverdance Click to show or hide the answer
Husband–and–wife team, credited with reviving interest in dancing in the early 20th century; reached the peak of their popularity in Irving Berlin's first Broadway show, Watch Your Step (1914); also appeared in silent movies; he died in a plane crash in 1918; played in a 1939 musical biopic (based on her memoirs) by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers Click to show or hide the answer
Creator, choreographer, and principal male dancer, of Riverdance Click to show or hide the answer
Hollywood and Broadway dancer, choreographer and director; born Chicago 1927; directed the films Sweet Charity, Cabaret, All That Jazz; died in 1987 Click to show or hide the answer
British Music Hall act, best known for the Sand Dance and 'Cleopatra's Nightmare' Click to show or hide the answer

Other

Dance troupe, founded in Manchester in 1889 (and named after its founder); eventually there were dozens of troupes performing all around the world, including the Folies Bergeres in Paris and the London Palladium; dancers included Gretchen Franklin (Ethel Skinner in EastEnders) and Betty Boothroyd (MP 1973–2000, and Speaker of the House of Commons 1992–2000) Click to show or hide the answer

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