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Bhangra refers to a dance coming from the Punjabis in the sub continent. It was performed to celebrate the harvest but that practice ended when the sub continent was divided into Pakistan and India. It is originally developed in India and it took its current form somewhere in the 1990s. Bhangra is danced to a very specific kind of music specifically tailored for Bhangra. It is mostly very random with some very common dance moves. This form of dance has travelled to the western cultures as well because of a lot of movement from the sub continent to the western countries.
Adumu is one dance style I was absolutely oblivious to. It is a Maasai dance that has originated from Africa. Interestingly, this dance is mostly performed to human voice since the Maasai did not encourage the use of drums during their festivals and other rituals. All the body parts are used in this particular dance and even during a ritual the dance is participatory. You can join if you want to or otherwise just look at people doing an amazing job.
33. Hula Hawaii
Nothing says Hawaii like hula dancing. This ancient dance tradition was brought over by the Polynesians to the Hawaiian Islands as a form of entertainment for the high chiefs and a way to worship the gods. Many traditions of hula have been altered in recent decades, like the lei (a traditional flower necklace), which was intended as a gift to the gods that dancers were not allowed to wear after their routine, and the costume, which consisted of topless women wearing grass skirts and men wearing loin cloths. But despite becoming a more family friendly event for tourists, the art form of hula dancing hasnt lost its beauty.
34. Bon Odori
Bon Festivals, known as Obon, have been a part of Japanese Buddhist culture for more than 500 years, and, like many traditional festivals, there is a dance affiliated with the celebration known as bon odori. The Obon festival typically lasts for three days, and during this time it is believed that one ancestors revisit him or her to make sure all is well in the family. Bon odori is a way to welcome the ancestors and thank them for their sacrifices. While there are different varieties of the dance depending on the region, many are performed during street parades where anyone is welcome to join.
35. Irish Stepdance1
Michael Flatley and his Riverdance might make Irish stepdance look unsuitable (if not impossible) for amateurs, but this long standing dance tradition has many styles performed at all levels. While Irish stepdance can be traced back to pre Christian times across Ireland, nowadays it has become a staple at Irish festivals or St. Patrick Day events all over the world. But for those looking to strut their stepdancing stuff, it not just about the dance moves traditional garb and Irish music are usually necessities.
This folk dance of Southern India is not just a display of rhythmic talent its graceful performance in conjunction with the twirling of colourful, long flowing skirts elevates its aesthetic appeal. While the dancers are only veiled women spinning around the room, occasionally snapping or clapping, both men and women are expected to sing together. Like so many folk dances, ghoomar is usually performed during special occasions to worship religious deities.
37. Maypole Dance
Originally a pagan custom, on the First of May women would dance around the maypole (a wooden pole in the ground that rises anywhere from six to 60 feet) to celebrate sex and fertility. Today, the tradition has transformed so that dancers, usually children, wrap ribbons in different patterns around the pole while dancing and singing in celebration of May Day. Although several western European countries have a similar maypole ritual, the celebration in the United Kingdom is considered the largest and most established.
Samba is more than a dance in Brazil it a symbol of the Brazilian people and a cultural life force. Much of the world associates samba with the Brazilian Carnival, but there are actually more than seven different types of samba and it is always danced in conjunction with samba music, a lively style of music usually consisting of guitars, tambourines and drums. If you find yourself in Brazil wanting to samba but are unsure of the moves, do not be shy Brazilians love showing off their skills and you will have no problem finding a dance partner.
39. Harlem Shake
We know you have seen countless YouTube videos of dancers shaking their limbs to the rapid beat of Baauer Harlem Shake, but believe it or not, the real Harlem shake is a dance with actual moves brought over to Harlem from Eastern Africa in the early 1980s. It derived from a dance called Eskista, which, like the Harlem shake, involves lots of shoulder quaking and head quivering. But do not let that deter you from practicing your moves for the next flashmob we are sure you will pick up the real Harlem shake in no time.
Traditionally, the haka was more of a war cry rather than a dance, and it was performed before battles by Maori warriors to scare off the enemy. Like many dances, there are several versions of the haka, but the most popular is the Ka Mate, which has been made globally famous by the All Blacks New Zealand rugby team. The dance is a series of chanting, stomping and chest beating, and, if the Ka Mate is not performed in complete unison before battle, it is considered bad luck for the warriors. The haka has been performed by the New Zealand national rugby team before games since 1905 and has since been adopted by other national teams in New Zealand.
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