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52.Baagh Naach / India

Baagh Naach or Tiger Dance is performed in Binka, Sonepur of Subarnapur district and Brahmapur and in some parts of Ganjam district in Odisha, India. It is performed in the month of Chaitra. In this form of dance, a male dancer paints himself like a tiger.

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53.BaAra / Yemen

BAARA is a group dance from Yemen, it is one of the several traditional outdoor dances. Baara literally means “a dagger dance”, where each of the dancers holds a dagger. A style of baara differs from tribe to tribe. Any number of men can participate. It is accompanied by the beat of two drums and performed during religious and national holidays, the afternoons of wedding ceremonies, traditional cooperative work projects or to greet important guests. Dancers perform close together in an open circle. The leader and the better dances position themselves near the middle. Basic step consists of a step-together-step-hp, forward and backward, with a number of turns and knee bends. There are three segments of the dances, each with a faster tempo than the previous one.

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54.Baba Karam / Iran

Baba Karam is very popular urban folklore dance originated from Persia. It used to be a sad dance in the ancient, traditional form but with the passage of time it has evolved into a contemporary style. It is a chain dance derived from a Sufi story whereby a servant at the court of the king falls in love with one of the harem girls and sings this song out of grief of not being able to be with her, that used to be performed exclusively by men, but nowadays it is also performed by women. The dancers uses a shoulder dance, wears black and white, and usually hangs a Gamucha on the neck and uses it during the dance. A contemporary form of chain dance developed in the 19th century, Baba Karam is also sometimes, referred to as the Persian style of modern hip hop dance.

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55.Bachata / Dominican Republic

Bachata is a dance originated in the Dominican Republic. It is danced widely all over the world. The basics of the dance are three-step with a Cuban hip motion, followed by a tap including a hip movement on the 4th beat. The knees should be slightly bent so the performer can sway the hips easier. Movement of the hips is very important. It’s a part of the soul of the dance. Most of the dancer’s movement is in the lower body up to the hips, and the upper body moves much less. It is commonly known as a very sensual dance. It originated as a sort of “mating call,” if you were selected for to dance bachata, you were chosen as a mate, two dances with the same individual, “sealed the deal.”

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56.BADAWI / Egypt

BADAWI is a type of dances related to Bedouin communities and it has different variations depending on the country in which these communities are. Yet there are key similarities that spread among all Bedouin communities in the whole Gulf region.


57.Badhai / India

Badhai is a popular dance on the occasions of the birth, marriage and festivals in the Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh in India. Men and women dance vigorously to the tunes of accompanying musical instruments. The dancers cause quite a stir, using supple and acrobat-like movements and colourful attire.

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58.Bagurumba / India

Bagurumba is a folk dance performed by the indigenous Bodo tribe in Assam and Northeast India. It is a traditional dance inherited from one generation to another. The Bodo women perform the Bagurumba dance with their colourful attire. It is accompanied by musical instruments like kham (a long drum, made of wood and goat skin or other animal’s skin), sifung (flute, made of bamboo), jota (made of iron), serja (a bowed instrument, made of wood and animals skin), and gongwna (made of bamboo), tharkha (a piece of split bamboo). This Bagurumba dance originates from nature.

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59.Baile de congo / Panama

Baile de congo is an Afro colonial dance style from Panama that is characterised by its energetic steps and its theatrical performance. It shows the history of black slavery and colonialism. Its considered the oldest dance in the Panama region.

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60.Baile de diablitos / Panama / Costa Rica

Baile de diablitos is a part of the Diablitos ceremony, that is present in various cultures in Central America, but mostly in Costa Rica and Panama. The ceremony is a theatrical performance and a dance that narrates the story of the colony, where the bull represents European culture and the “diablitos” represent indigenous spirits that defeat the bull.

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61.Baile del cuadrado / Viral

Baile del cuadrado is a popular social media trend where the choreography is performed without stepping out of a square the floor.

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62.Bakalao / Spain

Bakalao is a genre of electronic music and dance that emerged in Spain at the beginning of the 90s. The name comes from Valencia, where in 1985 in the record store Zic-Zac, the meeting point for DJ’s from the Valencian scene, someone said to one DH: “This is Bakalao from Bilbao!”, and within few weeks, every time someone heard a good song it was called “bakalao”. Currently the term is used only in Spain to describe electronic music that originated from the mid 80s, with styles such as techno, EBM, or techno-pop. Little by little, electronic music evolved towards other rhythms such as house, new beat and acid house. It is characterised by its repetitive rhythms. The drum machines, the samplers and the synthesiser are also present like in the other electronic styles.

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63.Bakaz / Kenya

Bakaz is a famous booty dance from Kenya.

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64.Bakiga DANCES / Uganda

Bakiga DANCES are traditional dances of Bakiga people of the Kigezi region in southern Uganda, such as Ekizino. The weather in this region is similar to that of many European mountain countries, and the region is often called the "Switzerland of Africa". During colder seasons, Ekizino is the warm-up dance. Kigezi is a hilly region, the men who go out for farming early in the morning, must jump around for a while to get warm and also stretch their muscles after the hard work. Traditionally, the people also used to stamp the ground until they found signs of water. Therefore, this dance represents their jumping and stamping.

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65.Baladi Dance / Egypt

Baladi Dance is a sort of undisciplined folk belly dance. It does not exactly follow classic belly dance and it is more intuitive and simple. Baladi means “of the country” and is a style of Egyptian folk dance from the early 20th century which is still very popular. It came about when farmers moved to the city and began dancing in small spaces. Egyptians have Baladi people, Baladi bread, Baladi rhythms, Baladi music and Baladi dance.

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BALBOA is a swing dance, originated in Southern California during the 1920s and with huge popularity during the 1930s and 1940s. The term Balboa originally referred to a dance characterised by its close embracement and full body connection. It emphasises rhythmic weight shifts and lead-follow partnership. Dancers used to also dance Swing, a dance characterised by twists, turns, and open-position movement. Over time, these two dances merged and became collectively known as Balboa. The original Balboa dance is now referred to as Pure Balboa, and the original Swing dance is now referred to as Bal-Swing or LA Swing to differentiate it from other types of Swing. Because of its emphasis on subtlety and partnering rather than flashy tricks, Balboa is considered more of a “dancer’s dance” than a “spectator’s dance.”

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67.Balinese Dances / Indonesia

Balinese Dances are many forms of traditional dances for religious and artistic expression, originating and being performed at Bali, Indonesia's only majority-Hindu area. Typically they are dynamic, technically complex, and make use of exaggerated hand and facial expressions. “Wali” dances are connected with Hindu ritual, or are encouraged to bring the dancer into a state of trance or spiritual possession. “Balih-balihan” dances such as the “Legong Kraton” are intended for entertainment and artistic purposes.

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68.BALL CULTURE / Global

BALL CULTURE / Ballroom grew out of Harlem in the 1920s. It is historically run by and centres LGBTQ people of colour. These balls have been havens and safe spaces where queer folks could express their authentic selves free from the judgement & stigma of mainstream white-cis-hetro viewpoints and power positions. The ballroom community is broken up into Houses, each house includes groups of people that serve as families or teams. The houses than compete against each other in balls, where judges assign winners based on how well they can do KIKI, VOGUE, dance, as well as their attitude level, costume, makeup, look, etc. The most notable influence of ball culture on mainstream society is voguing. Ball culture spread all around the world and constantly gains a lot of popularity.

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69.BALLET / Global

BALLET is a type of performance dance that originated during the Italian Renaissance in the 15th century and later developed into a classic dance form in France and Russia. It was created during King Louis XIV reign. The legend says that the King would have created few movements himself. It has since become a widespread, highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary based on French terminology. It is characterised by light, graceful movements and the use of pointe shoes with reinforced toes. Ballet has been globally influential and has defined the foundational techniques used in many other dance genres and cultures. It has been taught in various schools around the world, which have historically incorporated their own cultures and as a result, the art has evolved in a number of distinct ways.


70.Ballroom dance / Global

Ballroom dance is a set of partner dances, which are enjoyed both socially and competitively around the world. Because of its performance and entertainment aspects, ballroom dance is also widely enjoyed on stage, film, and television. It may refer, at its widest definition, to almost any type of partner dancing as recreation. However, with the emergence of dancesport in modern times, the term has become narrower in scope and traditionally refers to the five International Standard dances: Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot and Quickstep, and five International Latin style dances: Samba, Cha-cha, Rhumba, Pasodoble and Jive. The two styles, while differing in technique, rhythm and costumes, exemplify core elements of ballroom dancing such as control and cohesiveness. Developed in England, they are now regulated by the World Dance Council and the World DanceSport Federation.


71.BALLU TUNDU / Italy

BALLU TUNDU or ballu bardu is a traditional Sardinian folk dance which is typically danced in a closed or open circle. It was described as early as 1805. In northern and central Sardinia, the dance is lively and animated with leaps and agile movements and usually accompanied by a choir of three or more singers in the center of the circle. In other areas, it is done to launeddas and the shepherd's sulittu but the accordion had also made its appearance by the 19th century. The introduction is in 2/4 time but the dance itself is done in 6/8.


72.BALOCH dance / Iran

BALOCH dance is performed by the Baloch people, who live mainly in the Balochistan region of the southeastern-most edge of the Iranian plateau in Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan, as well as in the Arabian Peninsula. Among Baloch dances are sword dance and Twig or stick dance.


73.BAMAYA / Ghana

BAMAYA is a popular social dance from the northern part of Ghana. It is noted for its gracefulness and controlled gaiety in expressive dance movements.


74.Bandari / Iran

Bandari often referred as Persian Bellydance, is a style of dancing indigenous to southern and southwestern, Bandar region of Iran down to Persian Gulf. It has been influenced by the African and Arabic music and dance, and it is performed with accompanying Bandar music. It is a chain dance that often involves multiple people dancing and often performed at parties. It is a combination of rhythmic movements in various directions according to the beat of the song. The music is happy and rhythmic, and traditionally played by Bagpipes and percussion instruments. The distinct feature of this dance is the way performers wave their hands in a unique manner that resembles the cooperation of a group of fishermen at the sea.


75.Bandltanz / Germany

Bandltanz called also The Maypole Dance or Dance of Ribbons, is a German traditional dance of the May 1st, and represents a celebration of the arrival of spring. The men and women dance around a finely decorated May pole (Maibaum), wrapping intertwined red and white ribbons around the pole as they go.


76.Banya / Suriname

Banya is a dance style originating from Suriname. There are two styles Banya: Nowtu Banya and Prisiri Banya. Banya used to be a social dance style of our Afro-Surinamese ancestors and was danced on the plantation during certain festive occasions. Nowadays Banya dance is no longer known as social dance, but as a religious dance part of the Banya Prey or Kabra Prey - a dance ritual in honour of the ancestors.


77.Baonopstekker / The Netherlands

Baonopstekker is a Traditional Dance, from the eastern parts of the Netherlands. It is danced by individual dancers in a big circle, arm in arm. In the older days people often danced in pubs. Before the actual dance could start the room had to be cleared of people and furniture. Baonopstekker was supposed to clear the room of non-dancers.


78.BAR / Turkey

BAR is a form of a folk dance from the eastern part of Anatolia, Turkey. With their structure and formation, they are performed by groups in the open. The characteristic of their formation is that they are performed side-by-side, hand, shoulder and arm-in-arm. The principal instruments of bar dances are davul and zurna (shrill pipe). The dominant measures in bars are 5/8 and 9/8. Occasionally measures of 6/8 and 12/8 are also used. Bar is performed by men and women, yet their performance differ from one another.


79.Barbie Dance / Global

Barbie Dance is a dance style mostly performed by children who act like a Barbie or twirling ballerina dolls that allow girls to control the choreography like a Barbie doll to bend into a classic pliéa with her body spinning gracefully, causing her skirt to twirl.

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80.Bardo Chham / India / Bhutan

Bardo Chham is a folk dance of Sherdukpens, a small community of West Kameng District of Arunachal Pradesh in India. It depicts scenes and ideas from the Buddhist book of the dead. Bhutanese buddhists believe that after death humans are set to wander in an intermediary state known as bardo. Once they have crossed the bardic purgatory, they must face judgment by the Lord of Death. Bardo dance serves as a physical representation of the fate of those who have sinned and those who have been virtuous, and it is one of the most well attended events at Paro's annual Tsechu.

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81.BaT Mitzvah Dance / Israel

BaT Mitzvah Dance is of the trends in recent years in Israel of dancing at the Bat Mitzvah celebration, which is a Jewish coming of age ritual for girls. It is most of the time an expensive production, sometimes accompanied by a professional dance team. The main thing is for the girl to feel like a princess.

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82. BATUQUE / Cape Verde

BATUQUE is a celebratory dance orginating from an archipelago of Cape Verde, performed maily during festive occasions such as weddings. It is also a musical genre. As a dance it is essentially performed for several hours in a group mostly comprising of women, dressed in white sleeveless

short shirts that leave the navel exposed, and knee long white trousers to boots. It is said that the Batuque dance style was created using several other forms of African dances as a template. Under the colonial rule of the Portuguese Batuque as a musical genre and a dance form was banned since it was considered too “African”. Post-independence both musical genre and the dance style were revived and regained popularity.


83.Bazokizo DANCE CHALLENGE / Kenya

Bazokizo is a Christian dance song that won two award in the local Groove Awards in Kenya in 2017. The music video produced by the singers composed of nothing but dance challenge styles filmed around Nairobi streets. This made the Bazokizo dance challenge very popular and many videos with Bazokizo dance started to pop up.


84.Bear dance / Bulgaria

Bear dance is A freestyle dance of a person wearing the bear Costume and begging for money. It can be seen on streets in various countries around the world, like for example in Bulgaria.

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85. BEET DANCE / Marshall Islands

BEET DANCE is a traditional dance coming from Marshall Islands, an independent island chain, geographically and culturally part of the Micronesian area. It is influenced by Spanish folk dances. During the dance men and women side-step in parallel lines, creating a very difficult and complex rhythm.


86.BÈLÈ / Martinique

BÈLÈ is a folk dance and music from Martinique, Dominica, Haiti, and Guadeloupe. It may be the oldest Creole dance of the creole French West Indian Islands, and it strongly reflects influences from African fertility dances. It is performed most commonly during full moon evenings, or sometimes during funeral wakes. It is also popular in Saint Lucia. In Tobago, it is thought to have been performed by women at social events in the planters' great houses, and the dress and dance style copied by the slaves who worked in or around these houses. Created in the early 17th century when slaves were working in cotton farms and they were not allowed to speak their own language or play their music. It was their way to communicate and express them, without being seen by the European colonists.



BELLY DANCING is considered to be the oldest folk dance in the world, which was originally a form of exercise and female bonding. It is an Arabic expressive dance, which originated in Egypt and that emphasises complex movements of the torso. It has evolved to take many different forms depending on the country and region, both in costume and dance style. For example in Tunisia it is characterised by sharp, horizontal twisting movements of the hips with flowing upper bodies, dance almost entirely on the toes with arms held in a “W” shape, and it is seen at weddings and parties, in the southern islands of Kerkennah and Djerba, often performed with a clay water pot balanced on the head. It is also maybe the most famous and popular one of Turkish dances, also known in Turkey as oriental dance.


88.Bemba Dances / Zambia

BEMBA DANCES are traditional tribal dances performed by the Bemba people living in the northeastern part of Zambia. Especially well knows is an initiation ceremony called Chisungu. This rite of adolescence is intended to teach girls the traditional roles women. A girl whose breasts have started to develop lives away from the group for six weeks to three months. Rites representing the duties of the girl as cook, gardener, hostess, and mother are carried out. During the ceremony there is much drumming, dancing, singing, and drama.

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89.BEN SKIN / Cameroon

BEN SKIN is a traditional dance and music of the Bamileke people in the West Cameroon, in central Africa. The name Ben Skin comes from the word'' to bend '' (towards the front) and linked to Manganbeu, another Bamileke dance style. It is played with drums and maracas, often made from soda cans, with vocal accompaniment. Ben Skin dance gained again popularity in 1993 during economic depression. It got popularised in the early 1990s by André-Marie Tala who mixed it with afro-pop, afro-pop, funk, soul or Afro-rap, sung in Bamileke, Douala, Ewondo, in Bamoun, in French or in English. Today it is adopted by the urban areas of Cameroon.


90.Beseda / Czech Republic

BesedA called in full Czech salon dance beseda is a traditional Czech salon-style dance for four couples. First it was danced on 1863. The set has four parts, each consisting of several excerpts of national songs and dances. The dance is 12 minutes long. It was created as a dance in the form of “čtverylka“.


91.Bété Dance / Ivory Coast

Bété Dance is traditional warrior hunter dances performed by the Bété people fromIvory Coast, an ethnic group with strong cultural and artistic links to the Dan, the We (Gwere) and the Guro, among others. There are 93 distinct groups within the Bété polity.


92.BHANGRA / India

BHANGRA is a traditional folk dance from the Indian subcontinent originating in the Majha area of the Punjab region. It all started off in Punjab region when the farmers saw wheat growing and wanted to celebrate, so they did so by dancing Bhangra. Then it gained popularity amongst other regions and people started to widely perform it at weddings or New Year celebration. In the 1980s people of Punjab origin in Britain started Bhangra music by taking the folk sounds of desi instruments and mixing them with the Western ones. Usually this music is fast paced with high-pitched vocals and it is very danceable.


93.Bharatanatyam / India

Bharatanatyam is a major genre of Indian classical dance that originated in Tamil Nadu. Traditionally, it has been a solo dance, performed exclusively by women, expressing South Indian religious themes and spiritual ideas. Theoretical foundations trace to the ancient Sanskrit text and its existence is noted by 2nd century CE in the ancient Tamil epic Silappatikaram. It may be the oldest classical dance tradition of India. Its style shows fixed upper torso, legs bent or knees flexed out combined with spectacular footwork, a sophisticated vocabulary of sign language based on gestures of hands, eyes and face muscles. It is accompanied by music and a singer. Traditionally it was a form of an interpretive narration of mythical legends from the Hindu texts. Modern stage productions of Bharatanatyam have incorporated technical performances,pure dance based on non-religious ideas and fusion themes.


94.Bhenga / South Africa

Bhenga is dance performed to gqom, the foot-stomping new sound of South Africa's townships, minimalist house music from South Africa that is a Durban’s answer to Chicago footwork. Unlike glossy, more mainstream kwaito house, which has lost much of its original appeal by recycling the more hackneyed elements of US pop and hip-hop, gqom is an authentic form of expression. It is dark and realistic, with an array of hollow drum sounds spun into jerky rhythms using FruityLoops software, and droning synths and ghostly one-note samples creeping in over the top. Bhenga engages all wavy arms, toe taps and wobbly knees. When you do bhenga, you aim to create this very intriguing image of flexibility. The moves are intended to attract an audience, drawing people into a circle as they writhe.


95.BIGUINE / Martinique

BIGUINE is a dance and music form, similar to a slow rhumba. It was popular in the 1930s, coming from the islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique, where in local Creole Beke or Begue means a White person, and Beguine is the female form. It is a combination of Latin folk dance and French ballroom dance, and is a spirited but slow, close dance with a roll of the hips. At the begging of the 17th century it was prohibited, because Western people judged it as too obscene. Later during the 30s it became famous in Paris, where it was a hot dance in the nightclubs. To dance Biguine, one needs a dancing partner that can guides you through the seven phases of the dance.


96.Bihu / India

Bihu is an indigenous folk dance from the Indian state of Assam related to the Bihu festival and an important part of Assamese culture. Performed in a group, Bihu dancers are usually young men and women, and the dancing style is characterised by brisk steps, and rapid hand movements. The traditional costume of dancers is colourful and centred round the red colour theme, signifying joy and vigour.

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97.Bike Dance / Global

Bike Dance is a type of funky, unrestricted freestyle dance style performed with using a bicycle.

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98.BIKUTSI / Cameroon

BIKUTSI is a musical genre and a dancing style from Cameroon. It developed from the traditional styles of the Beti or Ewondo, people, who live around the city of Yaoundé. It was popular in the middle of the 20th century in West Africa. The word “bikutsi” literally means “to beat the earth” or “let's beat the earth”. The name indicates a dance that is accompanied by stomping the feet on the ground.


99.Binasuan / Philippines

Binasuan is a Filipino folk dance from Bayambang, a town located at the southern part of Pangasinan province. It shows remarkable balancing skills of the dancers who turn rapidly in the circles moves by turning over and over on the floor, holding full wine glasses in each hand while performing balancing tricks. Wine may be used to fill the glasses, but other liquids may be substituted. In Pangasinan, Binasuan means "with the use of a drinking glass". It is frequently performed as amusement at social gatherings such as birthdays, weddings and fiestas where it becomes a competition among dancers and also among non-dancers as to who can show the most adventurous balancing movements.


100.Biodanza / Chile

Biodanza (neologism from the Greek bio (life) and the Spanish danza (dance), literally the dance of life) is a system of self-development that uses music, movement and positive feelings to deepen self-awareness. It seeks to promote the ability to make a holistic link to oneself and one's emotions and to express them. Biodanza also claims to allow one to deepen the bonds with others and nature and to express those feelings congenially. Its application consists in leading vivencias through music, singing, movements and group encounter situations. Biodanza was created in the 1960s by the Chilean anthropologist and psychologist Rolando Toro, the Biodanza system is now found in 54 countries.

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101.Biyelgee Dance / Mongolia

Biyelgee Dance is a dance coming from Mongolia. Almost all regions in Mongolia are populated by different ethnic groups that have their specific forms of Biyelgee dance, which has its origin in nomadic culture. Choreography is rich and diverse, since people living in different parts of the country employ different means of expressing their feelings. Biyelgee is traditionally performed on the rather limited space before the hearth, so the dancers make practically no use of their feet. Instead, the dancers principally use only the upper part of their bodies, and through their rhythmic movements express various aspects of their identities, such as sex, tribe, and ethic group.

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102.Blackpool Ballroom Dance / England

Blackpool Ballroom Dance is a type of dance performed during 8-day Blackpool Dance Festival, which is the world's first and most famous annual ballroom dance competition of international significance, held in the Empress Ballroom at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, England since 1920. It is also the largest ballroom competition in the world: in 2013, 2953 couples from 60 countries took part in the festival.



BMORE also called BaLtimore CLUB, is a breakbeat dance genre. A blend of hip hop and chopped, staccato house music, it was created in Baltimore, Maryland, United States in the late 1980s by 2 Live Crew's Luther Campbell, Frank Ski, Miss Tony, Scottie B. and DJ Spen. Baltimore club is based on an 8/4 beat structure, and includes tempos around 130 beats per minute. Much like the rave-era genre known as breakbeat hardcore, Baltimore club sounds as if the music was intentionally hurried, as each song is made with a limited palette of sounds and is based on similar frameworks. Now, the style and its direct derivatives are becoming exceptionally popular on the internet due to music sharing websites such as soundcloud.com, and is becoming popular across the United States, Australia and Europe.



BOBBING is the latest Chicago dance that was born on the West side but really blossomed as a genre on the South side. In its present form, it started showing up in the summer of 2012 at the parties thrown by the club promoter Wala Wil-liams. Williams made his first Bopping-focused video back in July 2012. By the end of 2012, it was turning up regularly in local drill rap videos. At its core, Bopping consists of a few simple movements: a smooth shimmy down into a crouch and back, arm and knee action that’s somewhere between flapping and twisting, and occasion-ally a step or two. It is fluid and playful, with a built-in pulse. At its most fundamental level it is like bobbing your head to the beat, except using your whole body.


105.BOBOOBO / Ghana

BOBOOBO is a traditional dance beat from the Volta Region of Ghana, the Ketu district. Because of its creative communication between the dancers and the drummers, a lot of people know and appreciate this dance beat.

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106. BODU BERU / Maldives

BODU BERU is a dance coming from the Maldives. It is similar to some of the songs and dances found in East Africa. Most likely the music was introduced to the Maldives by sailors from the Indian Ocean region. Boduberu is performed by about 20 people, including three drummers and a lead singer. They are accompanied by a small bell, a set of drums also known as a bodu beru, and an onugandu - a small piece of bamboo with horizontal grooves, from which raspy sounds are produced by scraping. The songs may be of heroism, romance or satire. The prelude to the song is a slow beat with emphasis on drumming, and dancing. As the song reaches a crescendo, one or two dancers maintain the wild beat with their frantic movements ending in some cases in a trance.


107.Bolero / Spain

Bolero is a type of 3/4 dance originated in Spain in the late 18th century, a combination of the contradanza and the sevillana. It is danced by either a soloist or a couple. It is in a moderately slow tempo and is performed to music which is sung and accompanied by castanets and guitars with lyrics of five to seven syllables in each of four lines per verse. It is in triple time and usually has a triplet on the second beat of each bar. There is also a second type of Bolero originated in Cuba. The two dances are different in both origins and style.



BOLLYWOOD DANCE is a dance coming from the Bollywood films and is a synthesis of formal and folk Indian traditional music and dance traditions, in fusion with Middle Eastern techniques. The choreography of Bollywood dances takes inspiration from Indian folk dances, classical dances (like kathak) as well as disco and from earlier Hindi film dances.The dances in older Hindi movies represented supposed dances of the common people, although they involved original choreography. Bollywood dances have evolved as a unique and energetic style. Since they are group dances, they are often used as joyful exercise music. The style of dance has also highly influenced international artists and appears in songs such as "Come & Get It" and EDM hit "Lean On”.


109.Bomba / Puerto Rico

Bomba is a traditional music and dance style from Puerto Rico that were started by slaves on the island. It is the mixture of the three different cultures of the island, the African, Spanish and Taino cultures. The base rhythm is played by two or more drums.

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110.Bonding Dance / Global

Bonding Dance is a tool of social interaction which promoted cooperation essential for survival among early humans. Studies found that today's best dancers share two specific genes associated with a predisposition for being good social communicators and dance has a very boding abilities.


111.Bon-Odori / Japan

Bon-Odori, called Bon dance, is a style of dancing performed during Obon, a Japanese Buddhist custom to honour the spirits of one's ancestors. The style of celebration varies in many aspects from region to region. Each region has a local dance with different music, thus the Bon dance looks and sounds depending on the region. However the typical Bon dance involves people lining up in a circle around a high wooden scaffold made especially for the festival called “yagura”. Some dances proceed clockwise and some counter-clockwise around the yagura. At times, people face the yagura and move towards and away from it. Some dances simply proceed in a straight line through the streets of the town. Dance from a specific region can also depict the area's history and specialisation. Dancers perform the same dance sequence in unison.


112.Boogaloo / Global

Boogaloo or Boog STYLE is a loose and fluid dance style trying to give the impression of a body lacking bones, partly inspired by movies and cartoons. It utilises circular rolls of various body parts, such as the hips, knees and head, as well as isolation and sectioning, like separating the rib cage from the hip. It also makes heavy use of angles and various steps and transitions to get from one spot to the next. Boogaloo Sam developed it in 1975.

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113. BOOGIE-WOOGIE / Global

BOOGIE-WOOGIE is a form of swing dance and a form of blues piano playing. It originally inspired by American Rock'n'Roll/Lindy Hop dancing of the 1950s, but gradually developed its own European style. It is a playful and improvised couple dance, often in medium or slightly fast tempi,

with a significant footwork based on musical interpretation. Boogie Woogie of today functions as a social dance, but is sometimes recognized even more as an established competition dance.

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114.Boombal / Belgium

Boombal is a relatively recent phenomenon of folk dance parties in Belgium, originating in the French bal folk. They are more social and enjoyable alternative to the individualistic dancing often seen in modern clubs and meant for everyone to have fun disregarding of their dancing skills. Originated in Ghent, Belgium, Boombal was first organised in September 2000 in an old furniture shop with about 5 couples taking part. Boombal typically consists of two parts: 1. initiation, lasting about an hour, with an instructor teaching various dances, such as Schottische, Gigues and Bourrées, emphasising on dances that can be performed with two or more people; 2. party, with professional folk musicians playing music live and people performing dances they learnt in the first part of the evening. Typical Boombal session lasts about two hours.


115.Borankana / Botswana

Borankana is a style of folk dance from Botswana. Both elderly people and young people traditionally perform Borankana. According to history, Borankana was performed during tribal activities only. It is believed that historically only men and boys danced whilst the females sang and clapped hands during performances. They are estimated to have initiated by the year 1914 and 1916.

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116.Bottle dance / Paraguay

Bottle dance is a dance belonging to Paraguayan folklore, currently the only one that is danced individually and where the dancer is always a woman. The origin seems to be in the promeseras, which were women who offered bottles of water to the peasants as payment to the patron saint for their favours. Those bottles were worn on the head with great skill and balance. It is also said that it could be a variation of the gallop, dances that women dance with a pitcher, and that according to tradition, on one occasion a dancer broke the pitcher and had to dance with what she found to replace it, a bottle, originating a new dance.



BOURRÉ AUVERGNATE is a dance born in Auvergne region of France. At the beginning it was meant as a seduction dance. It’s a two-person dance, but you can practice it as quartet as well.


118.Brașoveanca / Romanian

Brașoveanca means “the dance of the city of Braşov.” In the past, Braşov residents called it Săseasca or “the dance of the Saxons”(Germans). Braşoveanca is a couple dance with variations, some of which are mixers, where the dancers change partners. Mixers are very rare in the Romanian repertoire. Changing partners together with the melody shows that the dance is an “adopted child” among Romanian dances.


119.Brâul / Romania

Brâul is a term used for types of men's chain dances, although there are now mixed and women's versions. The term is applied to several different regional families of dances that have little choreographic similarity.


120.Breakdance / USA / Global

Breakdance also called breaking or b-boying/b-girling, is an athletic style of street dance. With variation available, it mainly consists of four kinds of movement: toprock, downrock, power moves, and freezes. Breakdancing is typically set to hip-hop, funk, and breakbeat music, although modern trends allow for much wider varieties of music along certain ranges of tempo and beat patterns. It was created by African American youth during the late sixties and early 1970s. By the mid seventies, it began to spread to other communities and gained popularity. At the same time, the dance was losing popularity with African Americans. In the 90s Germany was one of the leading countries, Breakdance wise.

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121.BRESLOV Dance / Israel

BRESLOV Dance is a dance performed by Breslov Hasidic jews in Israel. They usually drive around the street with a van that is full of grinning, bearded, long-haired men, mostly young, wearing an assortment of comfortable-looking clothing and white, tassel-topped yarmulkes. At intervals the van stops and the grinning men pour into the streets, dancing and twirling to mostly electronic music.


122.Broom Dancing / Canada / Global

Broom Dancing is a casual dance form, as opposed to the more formal and competition-oriented form of Irish stepdance. The Métis people of Canada have a broom dancing tradition. The lively broom dance involves fast footwork and jumping. Dancing more like jumping the broom is an African-American wedding tradition that originated in marriages of slaves in the United States in the 19th century. The style in various forms it is also seen all around the world.


123.BUBBLEGUM DANCE / Global / Viral

BUBBLEGUM DANCE is a subgenre of Eurodance music, characterised by cute lyrics and happy sounds. It usually has a more pop sound than other Eurodance. The lyrics and style are often light-hearted and are not intended to be taken seriously. They are often amusing and cheerful. The dance is similar to bubblegum pop music in that they both tend to have fun, childish subjects. The name was coined probably because of its similarities with the 1950s pop music, in which the female artists often appeared in photos with a pink bubblegum balloon in their mouth and exaggerated, wide and colourful skirts. Some subsequent pop styles have also been silly and cheerful, such as 1980s pop music. It is common for "bubblegum dance" artists to use sexual or suggestive lyrics in their songs that are more appropriate for adult audiences.


124.Bubbling / Global

Bubbling is a dance style with accompanying music that originated in the late 20th century. In particular, the beginning of the 21st century began dominating the clubs. The bubbling music is a combination of hip hop and R & B with a faster beat. Since not only bubbling music is played in most discotheques and parties, the way of dancing quickly spread to other styles, such as hip-hop, R & B, but also to a lesser extent to the faster types of music such as house and hardcore.


125.Bubbly Dance / Japan

Bubbly Dance was a dance performed by Osaka Tomioka high school at a national convention “Dance Stadium” held on August 17, 2017, and they won the second prize. Bubbly stands is a reference to the high economic growth which happened in Japan from 1960s to around 2000. This high economic growth period is called bubble economy period as it has disappeared like bubble. Students in Osaka Tomioka high school performing bubble dance wore clothes from the bubble economy period, which they borrowed their parents. Akane, who is a graduate of Osaka Tomioka high school and a choreographer of this bubbly dance, filmed this dance video at Osaka Piccadilly theatre and uploaded it on Youtube. It went viral and it was played over 6,400,000 times by people from all over the world.

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126.Buganda DANCES / Uganda

Buganda DANCES are traditional dances performed by the Buganda tribe from Uganda, such as Kiganda dance or Amaggunju dance. The beauty of Kiganda dance is the graceful circular waist movements, elegant tip toeing of the feet, flawless spreading of the hands proudly moving them upward or forward at the elbow joint just at the flow of the song and dance. Amaggunju dance is a royal dance performed for the purpose of entertaining a young King and has movements made to this effect.


127.BUGG / Sweden

BUGG is a common dance style in Sweden and is very popular on the dance floors, when dansbands play. It is a four-step dance and performed at different paces (120–180 BPM). As a partner dance it follows certain basic rules, but it is essentially improvised, with the woman following the man's lead. Swedish Bugg belongs to the swing dance family and closely resembles Modern Jive. It is both a very popular social dance as well as a competitive dance in Sweden. There is also a variant called double bugg that is usually performed by one man and two women, but other combinations of three dancers may appear. Today, the Swedish Bugg is one of the most popular social dances in Swedish dance clubs. It also provides a gateway into other local dance styles.

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128.Bunga Bunga / Italy

Bunga Bunga is a kind of pole and sexy dance of the Bunga Bunga’s parties were politics and prostitutes were sharing dinner together and dancing at the former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's sex parties at his home. This expression was then frequently quoted by the Italian and international press during the 2011 investigation surrounding Silvio Berlusconi’ underage prostitution charges, acquiring a quite different meaning as "an orgy involving a powerful leader”. Bunga Bunga was said to be underwater orgy where nude young women allegedly encircled the nude host and/or his friends in his swimming pool, as an African-style ritual performed by 20 naked young women, or erotic entertainment hosted, involving pole dancing and competitive striptease by skimpy-costumed "women in nurses' outfits and police uniforms" - but topless women, the prize being prostitution for the host.


129.Busójárás / Hungary

Busójárás is an annual celebration of the Šokci living in the town of Mohács, Hungary, held at the end of the Carnival season, ending the day before Ash Wednesday. The celebration features Busós (people wearing traditional masks) and includes folk music, masquerading, parades and dancing. Busójárás lasts six days, usually during February. It starts on a Thursday, followed by the Kisfarsang (Little Farsang) carnival on Friday, with the biggest celebration, Farsang vasárnap (Farsang Sunday) on the seventh Sunday before Easter Sunday; the celebration then ends with Farsangtemetés (Burial of Farsang) on the following Tuesday (Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras). These traditional festivities have been inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of the UNESCO in 2009.


130.Busoga DANCES / Uganda

Busoga DANCES are dances originating from Busoga, a traditional Bantu kingdom and one of five constitutional monarchies in present-day Uganda. The kingdom is a cultural institution which promotes popular participation and unity among the people of the region through development programs to improve their standard of living. Busoga strives for a united people who have economic, social and cultural prosperity and assists the Kyabazinga.