Types of Dance Explained!

Types of Dance Explained!

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When you attend a Modern Square Dance, there are three types of dancing that is possibly offered depending on the club format. Please note that the Term “Square Dance” is often used, even when Round and Line dancing is offered. “Square Dancing” is often the main dance attraction at one of these events. Round Dancing is the number two event as a rule, and Line Dancing is not as common overall in the activity across America known as Square Dancing.

Please don’t confuse “Folk Dancing” with “Square Dancing”, which is another whole format that often uses some Square Dance “Calls”, but not to the extent of Modern Square Dancing. Folk Dancers often declare their type of dancing as “Square Dance” but it does fall in line with the term all of us know as American Folk Dance. Folk Dancing is often prompted, rather than Called as in Modern Square Dancing, as most routines are set choreography.

Square Dancing, which breaks down to 2 parts, with several levels within each, “Patter” and “Sing Calls”. The Person Directing a Square Dance is known as a “Caller”

The second most popular found at a Square Dance, is Round Dancing.

Round Dancing is performed by couples consuming most of the hall traveling counter clockwise in a circle. The Person Directing a Round Dance is known as a “Cuer”, prompting the next choreographed call to any number of popular songs or music.

3. Line Dancing. Performed by individuals in lines stacked to face the front of the hall. The Person Directing a Line Dance is known as a “Prompter”, prompting the next choreographed call to any number of popular songs or music. Often Line Dancing choreography is simple enough that only the first or second time through is enough to get the idea to continue with prompting.

What needs to be pointed out, is that there is a progression of participation with people involved with each other for personal satisfaction.

from line dancing (3) of individuals to Pairs in (2) and then (1), 8 people performing together.


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