Dancing is an art that is not bias for any age, gender, caste, screen, or religion. That’s what makes it the most loved art form throughout the world. As a dancer myself, I love that how beautifully dancing can bound people from different culture, different ethics, together as one. There are many amazing facts about dancing that’ll help you understand why, how and since when, this form became so popular.
History has witnessed many great dancers like Michael Jackson, Martha Graham, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire and many others. All these lengendry dancers have left an impecabbale mark on our hearts that till date they are remembered whenever any dance form is taught!
Surprisingly, dancing is way older art form then we know! It’s said that “People who dance have higher self esteem, have better health, better metabolism” and many other things. I am sure by now you have started feeling curious to find out what are other fun facts about dancing that you didn’t know earlier.
If yes, then what’s the wait for. Let’s jump straight into the list of these amazing dancing facts!! They say, Dance is the hidden language of the soul!! Let’s explore what this hidden language has to say!!
Interesting Facts About Dancing
- Dancing increase metabolism.
- Dancing is helpful for reducing weight. In fact, it’s the best practice for fast weight loss.
- Dancing improves blood circulation.
- Dancing improves mood, and brings a happy spirit.
- Dancing is the most loved physical activities.
- Libra are well known for their fasccination towards art and beauty. Libras are good dancers of all the zodiac signs.
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Ancient Facts Abouts Dancing And Dancers
- The Bushmen, or San, created one of the earliest depictions of dancing in their rock art. Dating from 10,000 years ago in Africa, the art shows San shamans performing trance-like dances to commune with the spirit world.
- “Baby Ballerinas” were the youngest ever to play leading roles, who danced with the Ballets Russes in 1933. Irina Baronova was just 13, Tamara Toumanova was 14, and Tatiana Riabouchinska was just 15.
- In ancient Greek mythology, nine muses were believed to be associated with each one of the arts. Terpsichore was the muse of dancing.
- The most curtain calls ever made in history for a ballet was 89, after Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn performed their 1964 Swan Lake in Vienna.
- Some pop singers create their dances to fit their songs. For example, Michael Jackson made the “moonwalk” for his hit “Thriller” in 1982.
- The most famous ballet ever in the world is Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, first performed in 1892.
- Lipizzaner stallions are exceptionally trained to dance a Grande Quadrille, which involves up to eight horses (and riders) all in step.
- Michael Flately of Riverdance holds the world’s highest-paid dancer record, earning $1.8 million per week. His legs were insured for a total amount of $44.7 million.
- In 1996, approximately 72,000 people gathered together and made the most significant world record for doing the chicken dance at a fair in Ohio.
- In 1998, the largest tap dance occurred when 6,952 tap dancers tapped together in Stuttgart, Germany.
- In 1996, David Meenan set the world record for the farthest dance when he tap-danced over 23 miles (37 km).
Scientific Facts About Dancing And Health
- People who dance have higher self-esteem and are more favourable.
- Let’s read, and let’s dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.
- The record for the longest conga line was made when nearly 12,000 people conga-ed in Miami, Florida, on March 13, 1988.
- The Sandpaper Ballet includes a musical number that sounds like someone scratching sandpaper that was formed in 1999.
- Chora, a Greek word, meaning “source of joy,” is related to choros, the Greek word for “dance.”
- Dance “gave the body its just proportions”, according to Plato.
- In some religions, such as Hinduism, and Buddhism, dance is an integral part of worship, and dancing figures(like Natraj) are often found in shrines and temples.
- In 1913, the navy and German army prohibited any personnel from dancing the tango.
- During Elvis Presley’s early performances, cameras captured only his upper body. It’s because the gyrating movement of his hips was considered shocking.
- In ancient Greece, dance was considered a gift from the gods. The main qualities of dance, such as rhythm and order, were also qualities of the gods.
Facts About Dance Histroy
- There are over 10,000 traditional dance forms that come from different regions of Greece.
- In Bharata Natyam, a classical Indian dance form, performers decorate their feet instead of dance shoes.
- In some parts of western Africa and Southern Africa, dancers wear stilts up to 2 meters high.
- Martha Graham (1894–1991), Widely considered the “Mother of Modern Dance,” called dancers “athletes of God.”
- The dancing manias, or “The Dancing Plagues,” occurred throughout Western Europe between 14th and 17th centuries. For unknown reasons, people, sometimes hundreds at a time, danced until they collapsed from exhaustion or died.
- As per the reports, a father of three children collapsed and died from a heart attack after dancing to Psy’s “Gangnam dance Style” at his office Christmas party in Blackburn, England.
- Originating in the 70s in the Bronx, breakdancing was considered a “less lethal” form of fighting.
- Tupac was a ballet dancer as a teenager.
- While many of us didn’t know that Rapper Tupac Shakur was a ballet dancer, he was a popular member of the 127th Street Ensemble, a Harlem-based theatre company.
- African slaves transported from Brazil were prohibited from practising martial arts, so they created capoeira dance. Capoeira, a mix of dancing and fighting, reflects an intense desire for freedom.
- Dancers and choreographers rank first in the highest divorced as for the professions with the highest divorce rates. Bartenders and massage therapists round out the top three.
- Ballet was invented in 1495 by Dancers at an Italian wedding. At the banquet, the performers’ dances represented the dishes that were being served.
- “The Good Foot” dancing style was created by Funk and soul singer James Brown’s 1971 hit “Get the Good Foot”. This trend influenced the development of “breakdancing.”
Facts About Dance And Health
- St. Vitus is the patron saint of actors, dancers, and epilepsy.
- “Rumba” is from the Spanish word number, meaning to have a party or a good time. It’s the slowest form of the Latin dances and has its roots in religious and ceremonial African dances.
- Choreographer Kenny Ortega not only choreographed the highly popular High School Musical, but he also choreographed Madonna’s “Material Girl” (1985), Dirty Dancing (1987), and Michael Jackson’s album Dangerous (1991).
- Ballerina Pierina Legnani performed extremely fast turns on one foot, 32 fouettes as Odile/Odette in Swan Lake. No one has broken ever been able to break her record.
- Every time a dancer jumps on pointe three times, her body weight falls on the tip of her big toe.
- The word “disco” is derived from the French discotheque, meaning “library of phonograph records.”
- The movie named Footloose is based on a true story about a town that outlawed dancing until local high schoolers successfully challenged the law in 1979.
- The salsa dance form is derived from the Spanish word for “sauce” and refers to the hot and spicy flavour of the dance.
- Thecha-chaa-chá has its origins in West Indian ritual dances. It gets its name from a musical rattle filled with seed pods, known as “cha-chas,” used by traditional voodoo bands.
- The beautiful Korean buchaechum, or fan dance, is derived from ancient nature rites. The dancers use large-sized, flower-painted fans to make patterns representing waves, trees, or blossoms.
- The word “waltz” comes from waltzes, which is German for glide or turn. Initially, the dance was declared as “sinful” and “shocking”.
- The Whirling Dervishes are also known by the name the Mevlevi.
- The Whirling Dervishes (Mevlevi) are famous for their unique whirling dances, which symbolize the rotation of the universe in the presence of God.
- For over 1,000 years, the Japanese performed a battle dance style popularly known as onikenbai (also known as demon sword dance) that involved steps like stomping on the ground especially choreographed to ward off evil spirits. The name kenbai dance is derived from henbai, which means “stepping firmly on the ground.”
- The “gumboot” dance form is believed to be originated in the gold mines of South Africa. Because the miners were not allowed to talk, they communicated by stomping their feet and slapping their boots (gumboots), which evolved into dance.
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