The world of dance would not be the same without these top five choreographers of all time.
An American icon, Dunham began dancing professionally in the early 1930s as a ballerina, but her focus shifted to modern dance after traveling the world. Her style was heavily influenced by African dance, and she choreographed many famous dances through what is now known as the Katherine Dunham Technique.
Flamboyant, original and inspirational, Duncan was one of the first people to break the formal rules of ballet. Duncan is known for her fluid and open Read the rest of this entry »
Salsa has roots in Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. When the French arrived in Haiti, they brought with them the country-dances of France and England. These dances made their way to Cuba, where they mixed with African rhumbas like the yambu, guaguanco and colombia. These mixtures were further influenced by the Cuban son music, a mix of African drumbeats and Spanish troubadour music.
Around the time of the Second World War, these dances moved into Mexico City and New York. It was there that the term “salsa” was first used to describe danceable Read the rest of this entry »
Learning how to ballroom dance can be fun and not very difficult. It is called the box step because the person doing this step moves around in a box. It involves six steps from start to finish. One of the first things that you learn in the waltz is to do the basic box step. The box step starts with stepping forward with your left foot while your partner steps back on their right foot. The complete details of the basic box step are given Read the rest of this entry »
Often we enjoy a performance by talented dancers, all the while forgetting that someone behind the scenes makes the dance what it is. Choreographers tend to be one of the most behind-the-scenes artists, but they are truly the force behind the action. While it’s difficult to objectively pick the best choreographers, there are some that have certainly made a big impact in the world of dancing.
1. The late George Balanchine lived his entire life during the 20th century. He is responsible for bringing ballet to America by starting a company that is now the New Read the rest of this entry »