People have a natural urge to move in time to music. We dance to celebrate an event, for relaxation or pure entertainment. Dance is an important part of many religions and cultures. In the world, many folk dances mark the stages of life, such as birth and death. The Contemporary dance started as early as 20th century when US dancer Isadora Duncan (1878–1927) broke away from ballet and developed her own natural and unique style. Contemporary dance has many different styles. Anybody can dance irrespective of their age or physical fitness. People in wheelchairs can move and spin in time to the music. Those who are immobile can move their hands or heads. Deaf people can feel the vibrations of music and respond.
Let us take a quick look at the modern timeline and see how dance has evolved over time in the modern era:
Dancers in 1900-1920
When dance first came out the only styles of dance out there were ballet and hip hop
Male and Female Dancers
In 1900-1920, Male dancers would strive for hip hop and female dancers would strive for ballet it was very rare if male dancers took ballet and female dancers took a hip hop.
Dancers in 1950-1960
Now that dance was starting to get very popular, they came up with another style of dance tap.
Dancers in 1970-1980
Hip Hop and Tap
Tap and Hip Hop were the most popular for boys. Dancers love to express themselves
Ballet and Jazz
Ballet and Jazz were the most popular dance styles at this time
Male and Female dancers
Most people think dance is for females, but it can be for males also
Dancers from 2000-2005
Contemporary and Lyrical
As the years went on, dancers were introduced to contemporary and lyrical.
Dancers from 2014-2015
All of the different styles of dance are Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet,
Lyrical, Musical theatre and Modern. Hopefully, there are more styles to come.