Dances of the World
October 11, 2019
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.