Talk:History of dance

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Wiki Education Foundation-supported course assignment[edit]

This article is or was the subject of a Wiki Education Foundation-supported course assignment. Further details are available on the course page. Student editor(s): Lexigreer33.

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Possible new sources[edit]

Here are a few sources that I think would be good to either improve the current information or add some more important details/new sections.

1. Hardt, Y. (2012). Staging the Ethnographic of Dance History: Contemporary Dance and Its Play with Tradition. Dance Research Journal, 43(1),

2. Antze, R. J. (2014). Dance of India: Culture, Philosophy and Performance. Dance Research Journal, 17(2)

3. Cottle, T. J. (2016) Social Class and Social Dancing. The Sociological Quaterly, 7(2), 179-196.

4. Schupp, K. (2018). Dance Competition Culture and Commercial Dance. Journal of Dance Education, 19(2), 58-67,

5. Harrington, H. (2020). Consumer dance identity: the intersection between competition dance, televised dance shows and social media. Research in Dance Education, 21(2), 167-187.

6. Mullally, R. (2011). The Carole: A Study of a Medieval Dance. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. The Carole: A Study of a Medieval Dance - Robert Mullally - Google Books

7. Dickason, K. (2020). Ringleaders of Redemption: How Medieval Dance Became Sacred. Oxford University Press. Ringleaders of Redemption: How Medieval Dance Became Sacred - Kathryn Dickason - Google Books

8. Caroso, F., Sutton, J., Walker, M. (1995). Courtly Dance of the Renaissance: A New Translation and Edition of the Nobiltà Di Dame (1600). Courier Corporation. Courtly Dance of the Renaissance: A New Translation and Edition of the ... - Fabritio Caroso, Julia Sutton, F. Marian Walker - Google Books

9. Neville, J. (2008). Dance, Spectacle, and the Body Politick, 1250-1750. Indiana University Press.

Mbour181 (talk) 23:50, 7 February 2021 (UTC)[reply]

New era of dance[edit]

There seem to be no new information about dance past the 1980s. It would be great to add how dance evolved in the 2000s. New platforms where dance can be showcased such as television competition show, social media, music videos, etc. would be interesting to mention Mbour181 (talk) 21:39, 31 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Which dances in which eras[edit]

It would be a great addition to this page to see what were the dances danced in those eras and maybe, people that danced it or composer that did some composition for those dances. I'm asking because I am really not an expert to try to do that kind of work myself. Thank you for an already nice information given.

Asian dance history[edit]

This article needs coverage of the history of Asian dance forms in addition to the current western coverage. I will request from wikipedians who are familiar in this area to contribute. Arunram 17:27, 19 Feb 2005 (UTC)

And yet ballet's not everything...[edit]

Unfortunately this article doesn't make clear that there's more to dancing than just ballet and contemporary dancing. I miss - for example - African, Asian and Indian traditional dancing; especially Asian dancing theatre is a wide chapter. And then: No single word about social dancing? - Thetawave

So true... I mean, there are paintings dating back centuries depicting what might have been belly dancing (raqs sharki) which outstrips ballet, certainly, in age. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:35, 10 October 2007 (UTC)[reply]


This page presents nothing between pre-history and the 1700s. What about medieval dance and renaissance dance, both of which have Wikipedia pages? Not to mention the Historical Dance Wikipedia page... Greg 05:19, 26 April 2006 (UTC)[reply]

Agreed. In Europe there's an important swathe of social, participatory and display dances that should be mentioned: - think about country dancing; ceilidhs; display dances such as morris; courtly dances; european social dances such as waltzes; mazurkas; bourrees; gavotte; tarantella; circle dances from around the world. All these are still being danced today at festivals; social gatherings; and weekly classes.

I agree[edit]

I agree with him/her?!

I agree 2 cause theres not enough of the more important stuff and people need easier language to follow —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:10, 31 August 2009 (UTC)[reply]

Huh, I'm Lost and dumb!?![edit]

I think thay there should be links for childeren and my baby brother to look at attached to this page. I am a 10 year old and use wikipedia often and I can understand the language used because I am over my age in vocab and spelling. Other childeren may not be so fortunate!!!Plus medieval dance would be really cool to study!!

Jessica Birdy Age 8

History of school dance phenomena[edit]

I was interested in learning about the history of parties and festivals, specifically with regard to when the modern western practices of slow dancing and grinding developed. I want to know what there was before.

Perhaps Victorian separation of the sexes and taboos against dancing kept slow dancing and grinding out of existence. Also, perhaps the music genres of ballads (associated with slow dancing) and rap and reggaeton (associated with grinding) weren't in existence or prevalent. But it seems improbable to me that slow dancing and grinding are entirely new phenomena in the world. Message me if you know how to help answer my questions.

Whoistheroach 16:13, 28 July 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Yes, I was also interested in this type of thing. I was just watching a Russian movie from the 70s that showed college age kids at a party dancing much the same way as Americans in that era did. And since most historical movies show more formal dancing at parties and formals, I wonder what this non-formal type of dancing means in society. I want to read something about it not just formulate my own ideas based on speculation. So I think that it would be good to have more information in this article about such things. -- Suso (talk) 23:16, 25 November 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Integrated/mixed ability dance[edit]

See my question here here


Matt (talk) 02:16, 18 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Seriously one-sided[edit]

Article shows an almost lunatic obsession with professional dance, such as ballet, to the exclusion of dance as part of normal social life. What becomes of traditional dance as part of life in Africa? What becomes of ballroom dance, which for much of the last 200 years has been the main public recreation which men and women can enjoy together? For a history, this is most unhistoric. Macdonald-ross (talk) 15:43, 28 October 2009 (UTC)[reply]

As for dance as part of normal social life in antiquity I just came across an interesting book recently published in Germany: Georg Schwarz, Kulturexperimente im Altertum, Berlin 2010. Instead of dealing with the different dances in the ancient world the author asks what it meant for ancient cultures, religions and bodies that dance was an essential part of daily life (which, according to the author, it was in antiquity). He comes to interesting conclusions making us understand how different ancient bodies and societies were from modern bourgeois ones. I found that approach very inspiring. The author writes very able about what it means to dance; he seems to be a rare mixture of a dancer himself, as well as a scholar. Maybe someone who is able to read German can check whether this new research is of any interest for the Wikipedia article. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:11, 14 October 2010 (UTC)[reply]

"how different ancient bodies [...] were from modern bourgeois ones"? The human body hasn't changed noticeably in a few thousand years. Or is he talking about people's individual physical condition? --Thnidu (talk) 22:03, 8 June 2015 (UTC)[reply]

What he means is how the living conditions and cultural or religious ideals of different societies shape the human body and its ability to dance well. He links the ancient Jewish and Christian concept of the "purity of the heart" (which was so important for the prophets and the first Christians) with the dancing ability of the human body. He also makes a distinction between nomadic and sedentary societies and their respective approach to property, violence and dance. He argues that in societies in which the ability to dance well is an important factor of prestige and honor, long forgotten or in modern bourgeois societies no longer understood cultural or religious concepts or demands make a lot of sense. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:59, 29 June 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Article evaluation[edit]

This article is very well made. There are a lot of details. It has a lot of sources.

Prich080 (talk) — Preceding undated comment added 23:29, 6 February 2021 (UTC)[reply]

African History of Dance[edit]

Hi all, I just finished writing the section on African Dance so that the template on African Dance could be removed, thus allowing the template to be removed from the Africa page. I think it's alright. One of the main problems, however, that I see with my writing is that I pulled from sources that discuss current African dance; the sources that I pulled from talk about the history of African dances in the context of contemporary dances. I had to write it to focus on the history, which makes the dances sound as if they are not continuing today, which they are. In addition, I believe I have made the African dances sound very alien by the seemingly necessary repetition of words like traditional. I need another editor to review my writing to ensure that these problems do not remain. NANPLover47 (talk) 05:33, 25 November 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Writing style here is atrocious[edit]

The writing throughout this article is inconsistent with other Wikipedia articles and is full of confusing sentences, usage of "you", incorrect grammer, etc. Deerdreame (talk) 12:56, 24 November 2022 (UTC)[reply]

that's due to the fact that most of it has been copy-and-pasted from a website called dance minus teacher dot com.
this article should be removed, then rewritten with a focus on actual science.
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