Dances of the World

October 11, 2019
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Different countries and cultures have different dances. These dances have spread around the world. Here are a few of them. Use the map to find the countries—and continents—where the dances began.

Break Dancing

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This dance is full of energy. Break dancing began in the United States. Dancers move fast. They spin on their hands or on their head.

Irish Dancing

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This step dance comes from Ireland. Dancers hop, skip, and shuffle their feet. They keep their upper bodies still while they dance. Let’s jig!

Flamenco

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Flamenco comes from Spain. Dancers move to the sound of a guitar. They stomp their feet and clap. Some click an instrument called a castanet while dancing.

Dragon Dance

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This group dance comes from China. It is performed at celebrations. Dancers carry a big dragon puppet. The dragon is said to bring good luck.

Indian Dancing

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This type of dance comes from India. There are many different styles. This dancer is doing a classical Indian dance. It uses poses and gestures. The movements tell a story.