Category Archives: Dance

How to Salsa

When I was in graduate school, my friend Paula invited me to a salsa club. “But I’ll have no idea what I’m doing!” I protested, but went anyway, as I’m usually game to try anything once. In the back of the club, Paula broke down the basic salsa step for me, and before I knew

Bharatnatyam

Temple dancing was the dance by the maids of gods’ that originated about 2000 years ago. These maids of gods’ known as Devadasis, were dedicated to the temple worship and formed part of the daily temple ritual. These dances were normally in praise of the gods. Unfortunately over a period of time, influenced by poor

Hanya Holm

The Holm technique was created by modern dance pioneer, dance educator, and choreographer Hanya Holm (born Johanna Eckert in Germany), and has influenced the styles of many generations of dancers. Holm’s attendance at the Institution of Emile Jacques-Dalcroze from childhood to early adulthood, as well as her time spent watching dancer Mary Wigman greatly influenced

History of Jazz Dance

The style of dance known as jazz has its roots in the African culture imported by the slaves to America. Africans in their native countries danced to celebrate life; to express their cultural beliefs. On the journey to America, the slave traders wanted them to keep physically fit, so dancing was often allowed. On the

Ballet Dancer Training

Passion! Joy! Love! Sweat! Grace! Beauty!These six simple words summarize the training of a ballet dancer.Passion keeps a ballet dancer returning to the dance studio day after day through the years of dedicated work. Joy and love are what the dancer reaps with every pirouette (turn) and every plie (bend of knee) because they cannot

Ballet Company Reviews San Francisco Ballet

Since 1933 a lot has changed in San Francisco Ballet; a lot, except its grace and powerful youth. Recognizing the need for a thriving school that would prepare dancers to appear in opera productions, Gaetano Merola, the founding director of San Francisco Opera, established San Francisco Ballet in 1933. At that time, San Francisco was

Step Dancing how to Learn Step

Step dancing is not difficult to learn, but it does take time. For someone who has never done it before it can appear complicated. It consist of hand claps, foot stomps and chants. If someone is accustomed to following a slower beat, stepping may seem too fast at first. It truly depends on what the

Step Dancing how to Learn Complex Routines Stepping

Step dancing is an ornate form of dance that utilizes the entire body to produce beats. It consists of foot stomps, hand claps and verbal chants. The origin of step dancing comes from Africa. The advantage of this type of dance is that it can be combined with other steps. When a person just begins

Casino Rueda Salsa Dancing

What is casino rueda salsa dancing? It is a style of salsa that is danced in a circle. There are certain commands that one person, the caller, calls out to trigger everyone in the circle to start dancing that move, similar to a square dance caller. As the casino rueda salsa dancers spin around and

Kpanlogo Dance Drum Rattle Gourd Shekere Bell

It all started with a spider. Really, it started with a spider (Ananse) story: There once was a powerful, rich king with three beautiful daughters, but no sons. The daughters were never allowed to leave the King’s palace, and their names – Kpanlogo, Alogodzan, and Nmaa Nmaa – were kept secret from the public. As