Types of Dances


Choreographers are artist that compose a series of steps to create a story, mood, or feeling. Their creativity stems from the world that surrounds them and is shaped into the bodies of the performers. The steps become a unique idea transfered from one artist to another for the world to enjoy.

When it comes to dances, there are four choreographic styles. Narrative, which is commonly found in ballets, musical visualizations, found in contemporary styles such as hip hop, chance, made famous by Merce Cunningham, and improvisation, found in modern dance and many ethnic dances. Now, let’s take a look at these styles more closely. Below is a description of each with a video. What style do you prefer?

Narrative – a dance that tells a story

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cP0zZ9LbDFs&hl=en_US&fs=1&color1=0x3a3a3a&color2=0x999999]

Music visualization – a dance that mimics the music’s timing, intensity, and flow

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ov80ne4TN4&hl=en_US&fs=1&color1=0x3a3a3a&color2=0x999999]

Chance – a dance that performs combinations randomly using time, space, and energy exercises

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aBJdHnv5tM&hl=en_US&fs=1&color1=0x3a3a3a&color2=0x999999]

Improvisation – a dance that is made up spontaneously

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cLzD4TBd9A&hl=en_US&fs=1&color1=0x3a3a3a&color2=0x999999]