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Evolution of Dance

Dance has been a way people express themselves since the earliest humans walked the Earth. With so many possible combinations it’s no wonder the art of dance has evolved through the centuries.

In the early 15th century “ballo” was very popular among Italians. The dance features several couples that stand shoulder to shoulder in circle. Partners hold hands and occasionally come to the center and grab hands with everyone else.

In the 18th century the “hornpipe” was practiced by British sailors. Movements resemble the typical sailor’s duties.

The “early waltz” brought dance back to its classic roots in the 19th century. This was the first dance in which couples face each other throughout the entire dance.

According to Kyle Sims, senior, “Dance hasn’t evolved for the better, just adapted to the times.”

The 1910’s and 1920’s were home to the “tango”. The tango is an Argentinian dance with fierce movements.

In the 1950’s and 60’s “rock n’ roll” and the “twist” were popular among teenagers.

Christian Holferty, sophomore, says if he could bring back any dance from the past it would be, “Anything from the 50’s and 60’s because they got down back in the day.”

The 1980’s were home to the “moonwalk.” It was made popular by the one and only Michael Jackson.

In the early millennium the “cha-cha slide” and the “single ladies” were the dances to know.

“Things like the jerk and the dougie were stupid and I’m glad they’re not popular anymore,” says Sims.

Throughout the years dance has changed a lot, but with society’s trends changing faster than ever old dances are sure to be made new again.