Dancing is all about creative expression through movement. However, when it comes to the dance routines, in many ways, they haven’t budged. In many cultures, dances are deep-rooted in tradition and thriving with the same popularity today as when they were introduced centuries ago.
Some countries, such as Mexico, have several traditional dances. Along with the Jarabe Tapatío (Mexican Hat Dance) taught in classrooms around the world, tourists to Mexico may witness a performance of Danza del Venado (Dance of the Deer) or Tlacolorerosis (an agricultural dance). You might even see a Concheros dance, one of the oldest dances in Mexico —whose origin dates to shortly after the conquest of the Aztec Empire by the Spanish.
Of course, perhaps the most well-known Mexican music and dance combination is mariachi. The most common dance technique found with mariachi is zapateado, a kind of footwork from Spain with pounding movements into a raised platform.
Bharata Natyam, indigenous to India, has been around for centuries and is one of the most popular and widely performed dance styles and is practiced by male and female dancers all over the world.
The Irish jig, however, is actually native to England. The dance was widely adapted in Ireland and Scotland in the 17th century and usually associated with those countries. In Ireland, reel dancing is also very popular and taught in schools.
When it comes to contemporary ballroom dancing, the Viennese Waltz remains as an international standard. It emerged from Austria in the second half of the 18th century.
In the Philippines, the tinikling is among the most popular traditional dances.The tinikling is a pre-Spanish dance from the Philippines where two people beat and slide bamboo poles on the ground and against each other as others step over and between the poles. The dance originated in the central Philippines as an imitation of the tikling bird dodging traps set by rice farmers.
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