Ashatshyrtra / Abkhazia
Ashatshyrtra is a beautiful dance from Abkhazia, performed on the toes. It is a dance of a military nature, reflecting the impact of the victory in the battle, performed by large groups of men and each holding a weapon, mainly moved in a circle. It is some sort of theatrical performance that is a reflection of historical events and adventures fighting of Abkhazian soldiers.
aquabatic / Global
aquabatic is a type of dance related to gymnastic feats performed in water. Pole dancers show off their Aquabatic skills as they run through their routines underwater.
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.
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.
Bicycle Dance / Global
Bicycle Dance is a dance style for people who control their bicycles that good that they are able to make dance and acrobatic moves while riding their bicycle.
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.
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.
car dancing / Global
car dancing is an Internet trend that has inspired drivers all over the world to jump out of moving vehicles and dance in the street while a friend in the passenger seat films them. It became especially popular with a dance challange called #InMyFeelings or #Keke. Car dancing is also a dance style of freestyle dancing while sitting in a car.
DANCE OF A FISH / Nauru
DANCE OF A FISH is a traditional dance coming from Nauru, a tiny island country in Micronesia, northeast of Australia. It is a dance to celebrate the catch of a fish, because fishing is an integral and imporant part of Nauru living and culture. After the dance, the dancers and the community would eat the fish.
Devil Dance / Sri Lanka
Devil Dance called also tovil comes from Sri Lanka and it is a respond to the common belief that certain ailments are caused by unseen hands and they should be chased away for the patient to get cured. It can be a simple ritualistic ceremony at home restricted to family and immediate neighbours or involving the whole village. Performer disguises himself as a bear, wears a mask and a dress to resemble one. Often all dancers wear masks. The simple version of the devil dance ritual starts in the morning with the building of the stage, decorations and preparation of the costumes. Dances are accompanied by drummers which also herald the begin of the ritual. Tovil usually lasts until morning, with dancers consuming betel-nut juice and drinking coke to stay awake. Dances can also go on for multiple days.
Duranguense / Mexico
Duranguense is a dance and a regional mexican music. It is closely related to the Mexican styles of banda and norteño. The main instrumentsare the saxophone, trombone and bass drum. The tempo is also noticeably faster than banda or norteño. The term „duranguense” refers to the people from Durango, Mexico. Grupo Montéz de Durango were believed to be the very first to begin the movement. Despite its name, the style did not originate in Durango but in the city of Chicago, Illinois. Teenagers were forming new Duranguense bands like never before, playing at night clubs, weddings, quinceañera, and family get togethers. In early 2000s Grupo Montéz de Durango topped the Latin music charts and continues to be popular among the Chicano community in the United States and in Mexico.
emotional dance against domestic violence / Global
emotional dance against domestic violence is a dance performed by Dakota and Nadia on France Got Talent 2018. They performed a very emotional contact dance on the subject of domestic violence against women, to raise awareness about this subject and they left the whole audience in tears.
Flexing / USA / Global
Flexing also called Bone Breaking, is a style of street dance from Brooklyn, New York that is characterized by rhythmic contortionist movement combined with waving, tutting, floor moves, and gliding. Flex dancers, referred to as flexers, often perform shirtless and incorporate hat tricks in their performance.
foam party / Global
foam party is the ultimate social event in which participants dance to music on a dance floor covered in several feet of suds or bubbles dispensed from a foam machine. Foam parties can be dated back to „A Rhapsody in Black and Blue”, a 1932 short film directed by Aubrey Scotto, where Louis Armstrong dances, sings, and plays his trumpet in a large area of soap suds. Modern foam parties were developed in the early 1990s by club promoters in Ibiza, especially at the Amnesia. Generally, machines were large, ceiling mounted foam generators, that created a large volume of foam that fell from the ceiling onto clubbers. As Ibiza foam parties became more popular the craze spread. In 1992, this was introduced into the UK, where these were the first machines to meet with all UK health and safety requirement.
Gombey / Bermuda
Gombey is a dance from Bermuda, mixture of British, West African and indigenous new-world cultures. It refers to a specific type of drums of African origin. Some also relate Gombay to a Bantu word standing for „rhythm". It is quite similar to Mummers, seasonal folk play performed by troupes of actors during Afro-Caribbean styles of celebrations. Usually male dancers perform Gombeys in groups of 10-30 in masquerade costumes with bright colors and odd angles. The costume designs often reflect the plumage of tropical birds. The energetic dance gradually picks up and grows faster with time and becomes a great spectacle. Tradition of Gombey dance is passed on through generations through personal coaching. The captain of each troupe decides the style the troupe would specialize in with subtle differences in beats, dances, costumes.
home dancing / Global
home dancing is a dance style where people of all ages coming from all around the world dance at home and film themselves to share their home dance on various social medias. The home dancing may include freestyle dancing or mimicing certain dance styles or dance routines.
Horse Dancing / Global
Horse Dancing is a mostly a collective dance between human being and one or more horses, where horses walk, jump or move on the rhythm of the music. There are also horses that dance without the guidance of a human being and horses that dance while a human is riding them.
Intore / Rwanda / Burundi
Intore is the most famous traditional dance coming from Rwanda and Burundi. It is a highly choreographed routine consisting of three components - the ballet, performed by women; the dance of heroes, performed by men, and the drums. Traditionally, music is transmitted orally with styles varying between the social groups. Drums are of great importance, the royal drummers having enjoyed high status within the court of the mwami. Drummers usually play together in groups of seven or nine.
Jitterbug / USA
Jitterbug is a kind of dance popularized in the United States in the early 20th century, and is associated with various types of swing dances such as the Lindy Hop, jive, and East Coast Swing. In 1940a tt was a dance form where a male and female dancer performed a series of moves not unlike the rock and roll dancing. The skill and strength required to throw the female dancer about was considered too much for mainstream dancing couples though. The jitterbug evolved into the rock and roll style dancing seen in the 1950s and 1960s.
Just Dance / Global
Just Dance is a dance video game that expands upon a concept introduced in a minigame for Rayman Raving Rabbids: TV Party, players mimic the motions of an on-screen dancer's choreography for a selected song, using the Wii Remote to judge the player's motions and accuracy (eschewing accessories such as physical dance pads).
Kandyan / Sri Lanka
Kandyan are various dance forms native to the area called Kandy of the central hills region in Sri Lanka, nowadays widespread to other parts of the country. Kandyan dances traditionally performed only by male dancers. The technique, partly derived from South India, focuses on dynamism, powerful footwork, leaps and whirls. They have a vast repertoire, partly originating from an ancient indigenous ritual dance, partly influenced by South Indian dances. Kandyan dances are now probably the most important cultural export of Sri Lanka. However, the most spectacular performances can still be seen in a religious context, particularly during the annual Kandy Perahera procession in the city of Kandy.
ANIMAL DANCE / Global
ANIMAL DANCE is a dance performed by animals or by humans with animals. It is also a dance style which involves dancers imitating animal movements and it is often performed in a mask. Hundreds of videos of animal dancing (dogs, cats, horses, pigeons, squirrels, dolphins, fish, parrots etc.) can be found on the Internet. Animals stomp, bob, waggle, nod, jerk, they move rythmically and with a grace, which looks like dancing.
Māori dance / Cooks Island
Māori dance is a set of traditional dances by Maori people from the Cooks Island. Dance is an important part of the local culture, often performed at multicultural festivals. One of the popular traditional Maori dances is called Ura - a sacred ritual usually performed by a female who moves her body to tell a story, accompanied by intense drumming by at least five drummers. Moving the hips, legs and hands give off different gestures to the audience to tell a tale, typically related to the natural landscape such as the ocean and birds and flowers, but also feelings of love and sadness. Women typically wear a grass skirt, with flowers and shell headbands and necklaces. Men vigorously flap their knees in a semi-crouched position while holding their upper bodies steady, and typically wear grass skirts and headbands.
Mass Effect / Global
Mass Effect is a funky fresh dancing style that can be found in the science fiction action role-playing third-person shooter video game series game was released on Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in March 2017 about a soldier named Commander Shepard, whose mission is to save the galaxy from a race of powerful mechanical beings known as the Reapers and their agents, including the first game's antagonist Saren Arterius. Mass Effect series have been met with commercial success as well as universal acclaim. It is highly regarded for its narrative, character development, voice acting, universe, and emphasis on player choice affecting the experience, as well as for funky dances.
MEKE / Fiji
MEKE is a traditional style of dance coming from Fiji typically performed during celebrations and festivals. It is a combination of dance and story-telling through song. Both men and women perform in the meke, and the dance is viewed as a group collaboration in which men are expected to demonstrate strong, virile movements, while women are expected to be graceful and feminine. There are several versions of the meke, such as the war dance, the men’s spear dance, the men’s or women’s fan dance and the sitting dance. The dancing and chanting are accompanied by rhythmic clapping and beating of the lali, a traditional Fijian drum.
Moutia / Seychelles
Moutia is a traditional dance of the Seychelles, accompanied by singing. It has an African rhythm. Moutia is a traditional mysterious, erotic dance that dates back to the days of slavery when the African slaves saw it as a rare opportunity to express their discontent.
Mystical Dance / Global
Mystical Dance is a holistic, creative, integrative approach developed by Monika Nataraj to unveil our Divine Feminine mystery. It is a moving method of self-expression and self-discovery, revealing our own innate mystery and union with the Universe. Dance has historically been a mystical art and an authentic path to spiritual realization. Monika Nataraj weaves ritual belly dance, temple dance, Sufi whirling, chakra dance, Goddess invocation and tantric theory into these original and inspired intensives. principles into a very expressive, deep, free-style dance journey. Workshops, Retreats, Sacred Journeys and Mystical Dance Teacher Training Course are offered in some of the most beautiful and stunning destinations in the world.
Niuean traditional dance / Niue
Niuean traditional dance comes from the Niue Island, small island in the South Pacific Ocean, one of the world's largest coral islands and smallest self-governing states. The culture and tradition of Niue is rich in music, with many traditional songs sung without musical accompaniment. Traditional dances and songs are featured at important events such as weddings and official ceremonies. The only instrument that is used for traditional dances is a wooden drum known in Niuean as palau or nafa, made out of a carved trunk of the selie tree. The use of the instrument is mainly to provide a beat for the dances. The dance of celebration – for the opening of a new building, wedding, or birthday – known as the tame – is accompanied by singing with guitars, ukuleles and sometimes a musical keyboard.
Gravity Dance Step / USA / Global
In 2017 Ariel Oliver shows "GMA" how she pulls off her "invisible step" move that has been retweeted over 120,000 times. Thousands of youngsters trying to unlock her magic and introduce this step into the move and dance environment of the internet.
roller skate dancING / Global
roller skate dancing is a dance style where dancers wearing roller skates (traditional quad or inline) perform dance routines either solo or in pairs, or even in groups. A roller disco is a discothèque or skating rink where all the dancers wear roller skates. The music played is modern and easily danceable, historically disco but in modern times including almost any form of dance, pop or rock music. Roller skate dancing can be also performed as a part of a sport dyscipline called artistic roller skating, similar to figure skating, within three major sub-disciplines: ccompulsory dance, original dance, and free dance.
Simd / Ossetia
Simd is an Ossetian folk group dance. Its beauty lays in the strict graphic outline of the dance, the contrast between black and white costumes, the softness of movements, the strictness of line formations, and the harmony created by all of the above.
Skibidi / Russia / Viral
Skibidi is a viral dance challenge which arose from a music video of the same name by Russian band Little Big and which became a dance on Internet in October 2018. The video was released earlier on October 5 and has racked up more than a staggering 20 million views. In the clip information on YouTube, Little Big appealed to fans to: "Join the #skibidichallenge - just film how you dance the skibidi-dance, put the #skibidichallenge hashtag and post it on your YouTube and Instagram.” The video has sparked a dance craze of thousands attempting to recreate the moves in the video, which includes cross punching arms and stepping with your toes turned out while lifting your knees towards your body.
Stambali / Tunisia
StambalI is a traditional religious trance ceremony coming from Tunisia, as well as healing and demon exorcism ritual. It is a ritual music and a cult of possession that draw origins of the African presence slaves and descendants of black slaves which mingled local beliefs related to the cults of the saints in popular Islam (wali).
Tebe Dai / East Timor
Tebe Da is a traditional circle dance performed throughout East Timor and it is accompanied by a drum.
trash dance / Global
Trash Dance is dancing around or on top of trash-bins.
Tuvalu dance / Tuvalu
Tuvalu dance called fatele is a dance performed to a traditional dance song of Tuvalu, a Polynesian island country located in the Pacific Ocean. Dancing songs are the most common type of traditional Tuvaluan song, with other tradition dance styles including „fakanau” and „fakaseasea”. It is performed at community events and to celebrate leaders and other prominent individuals, who came and visit Tuvalu.
VIRAL DANCE / Global
VIRAL DANCE is a dance phenomena which involves videos of dances that become crazy popular through a viral process of Internet sharing, typically through video sharing websites such as YouTube as well as social media and email. Viral dances gain crazy fast popularity and get million clicks and likes within short period of time.
vikivaki / Iceland
vikivaki is an old ring dance that has been celebrated throughout the Nordic Region from the Middle Ages till today and has been a crucial part of Icelandic society since its earliest times. The word „vikivaki” is used either to describe the dance or the songs that are sung to the dance, or to describe celebrations where where such dance is practiced. It is a ring dance, where participants hold hands or each other's shoulders and step two times to the left and once to the right, with a variety of variables, such as stopping in the eighth of each track.
xibelani / South Africa
xibelani is an indigenous dance of the Tsonga women of the Limpopo province in northern South Africa. The name of the dance comes from the native Xitsonga language and it can translate to "hitting to the rhythm", for example, the concept "xi Bela ni vunanga". The name "xibelani" typically refers to the dance style while the skirt itself is referred to as "tinguvu", however, the term "xibelani" is sometimes used to refer to both the dance and the skirt.
Yapese dance / Micronesia
Yapese dance is a dance performed by Yapese people, known throughout Micronesia for their skill in traditional dancing. Dances are performed whenever there is a feast or on special occasions such as marriage of a chief. Everybody is expected to know how to dance. As soon as children are mature enough to learn the instructions, their parents began teaching them. The Yapese dance called Churu' has been passed down cautiously from generation to generation with songs of messages from history and teachings of the villages. Dancers dress their bodies with coconut leaves and flowers and their skins rubbed down with turmeric and coconut oil to give the skin a golden shine. These dances are only performed in groups of men or women separately. Yap perhaps best represents and maintains the art of dancing in the entire Pacific.