Where did social dance originated? – Dance And Body

Was it invented by the first social dance troupe? Or by those dancing the dances with the first troupe members? A dance history is a difficult enterprise, because many dances were already known by the end of the nineteenth century. We do not wish to speculate about the origin of the social dance, but simply to state that it was not known in Europe until the turn of the century. However, it was known in England as early as the twelfth century after the English were first in contact with the dances of the Indians, and had begun to play them at the bar. During the late thirteenth century social dance had acquired a certain importance, as well as a new set of skills. Among the skills the dancers acquired were: (1) the ability to move quickly; (2) skills in music (which included the use of the lyre); (3) the ability to maintain an ideal posture while dancing; (4) the ability to hold his body in the correct position and to manipulate his limbs in a variety of ways. All of these skills are of considerable usefulness in the performance of a dance, and some of them are more valuable than others. Among these are: (1) the ability to move quickly through a scene of dancing. As many dancers are accustomed to using their bodies, a single dancing scene could take minutes, perhaps many hours, to move through. This is not to be minimized, however; this is a natural physical ability, one which can be trained. If a dancer were to move slowly, his legs and hands could suffer. If he were to move very fast, his legs and arms might be so cramped that he would lose his balance. As a general rule, the faster a dancer moves through an activity of dancing, the longer he will need to stand still in order to maintain balance. (2) skills in music. A social dance is an effective way to enhance the skill of a dancer’s ability to play a violin or harp, but the same skills will also be helpful if a dancer is playing a horn or to whom a flute or tambourine has been connected. And as the dances develop into more complex, and as the skill in music increases, the ability of a dancer to play the appropriate instruments is more and more likely to be enhanced. (3) the ability to hold his body in a certain manner while dancing. While it is true that there are occasions when a dancers is unable to maintain a certain position during the movement, this situation can be easily prevented. This
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