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What is modern dance style?

The style, popularly known as “dance-hall”, has evolved from what was once the formal dance of the aristocracy, to an informal, non-standardised form of dancing. It is considered to be a form of dance not based on the movement of the hands but the rhythm of the dance.

Traditional dance

The majority of dance is performed with the hands, feet, legs and chest pointing to front or back. In dance hall the dancer will usually do the opposite.

In modern dance, the dancers’ feet never stay still, but usually start to go in front of one another. The legs move towards the body in one smooth movement, or sometimes at a rate.

These are only examples of two types of modern dance. The one called “fancy footwork” and also known as “lazy footwork” is used for more modern dances like salsa. The other is called “stripe footwork” that was introduced for some dance hall dances. Here the dancer moves on both fronts and back. The most important characteristics of dance hall style are slow rhythms with long movements with no head movements. Usually the dancers donned high heels (totally unsuitable for dancing in the streets.)

In contemporary dancing the feet were placed in a direction opposite to the dancing, so there is a movement forward and a movement back.

The history of dance

When the Greeks first migrated to the land of Sicily, they quickly adapted to the local language and customs. Many different dances from Sicily were introduced, and the dialects of this culture became the basis of the dances of Latin America, Caribbean, and North America.


At first, the people learned to dance in small groups in the village, which was called “pavilion” (or “pavilionia”). As the people lived in close contact, they learned the dances of their new neighbours. These dances became the basis of dances and the earliest known dances of Europe to European culture.

The “Gianni” dancing

The first known version of the “gianni” style was that of the Romans. During the fourth century B.C. the Greeks, who had already been in Italy, were able to settle to the place called “Adriatic”, at the junction of the Adriatic Sea, the Adriatic Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea (the Aegean). Rome was then the capital of a Greek colony. From this situation came the style of the “gian