Traveling around the world we will experience different cultures. While food, language and architecture show you the culture’s history, music and dance showcase it through movement. Get your best dance outfit out and move your body to some of the best dances from around the world.
1. Capoeira – Brazil
Even though the capoeira is considered to be a dance, it is really a martial art. It started in Brazil and made its way throughout the world teaching people to fight in style. It is a very energetic dance which combines playing special instruments, singing and dancing. Even though it looks very easy, some practice is required to perfect the best moves.
2. Salsa – Latin America
This sexy dance from Latin America is a combination of different moves (hence the name – “mixture”). Salsa evolved from a variety of Cuban dances which became popular throughout the world. It is very easy to find many modern salsa music mixes to hit it at the club. It doesn’t matter if you choose classic or a modern version, Salsa will make your heart pump.
3. Rumba – Cuba
Rumba is a dance based on rumba music which originated in the poor neighborhoods of Havana, Cuba. Rumba has made it all the way up to be included in classic ballroom dances and one of the best dances to express love and passion. Start your own dance party with rumba moves!
4. Can-can – France
The first thing that comes to mind is cabaret and Moulin Rouge with daring ladies on the stage. This very challenging dance attracts thousands of viewers from around the world. Can-can features not only high kicks and spins but even cartwheels. It’s very hard to perfect.
5. Flamenco – Spain
From the country of passion comes this fiery dance. Guitar based songs are essential for this Spanish art. You might know this dance by frilly dresses, clapping and vigorous stomps.
6. Belly Dance – Egypt
As belly dance made its way through the world, it was performed only by female dancers. It used to be one of the types of entertainment at social celebrations. Now it is considered to be a very tough dance to master as it’s not only about the belly but hips and fluidity of movement.
7. Reggae – Jamaica
When we think about reggae we have the relaxing music of Bob Marley in mind. Not many people know that reggae as a dance has its own tempo similar to ska and r&b. If you are ready to hit the dance floor, relax your body and move it to the rhythm!
8. Waltz – Germany
If you imagine a ball, the waltz is one of the must-haves. This classic dance has been taught to all high society people since the 16th century. You might not see it performed so much these days, yet it is part of the ballroom dance competitions around the world. The main things to remember is a 1-2-3 routine and picking your partner wisely.
9. Polka – Czech Republic
This 19th century dance spread very quickly around Europe due to its quick pace and fast movements. You can hear many variations of polka throughout Eastern Europe influenced by folk instruments of that region.
10. Tango – Argentina
Tango is for sure a great dance to watch and an even better one to be a part of. Signature music and sensual movements will evoke the most romantic feelings. Find a partner, put some music on and lose yourself to dance.