» Dance is the hidden language of the soul – Martha Graham
A first wedding dance is a special, once in a lifetime moment. Starting off as a style in the West, this trend is rapidly catching up in Indian weddings as well. Couples are jumping on the latest cool and hip numbers and hiring dance instructors for choreographed dance sequences. Here are a few classic yet uncommon dance styles to enthrall your guests and create a memory for life.
Tango - Tango is a sensual ballroom dance that originated in South America. The basic tango step is an 8-part choreography in which feet alternate, much like walking. Usually performed by a man holding the woman in the croak of his arm, it expresses romance through synchronized movements.
Jive - It originated in the United States and is influenced by the Boogie, Rock & Roll, African/American Swing and Lindy hop. Fastest of the Latin dances, jive is a happy, energetic dance with lots of kicks, flicks, and even twirling of the woman. It does not involve moving around the dance floor.
Merengue - Merengue, a Latin American dance form is a mix of two dances, the African and the French Minuet. It follows a two-step beat, with slow turns, typically four beats/steps per complete turn. Partners hold each other in a closed position. The leader holds the follower’s waist with the leader’s right hand, while holding the follower’s right hand with the leader’s left hand at the follower’s eye level. Partners bend their knees slightly left and right, thus making the hips move left and right.
Bachata – It has its origins in the Dominican Republic. The footwork concentrates on a set of three simple steps, coupled with four beats of music. Theme of the dance can either be a romantic subject or bitter emotions. It helps promote good stance and posture, increases confidence and release tension.
Waltz - Born in the suburbs of Vienna and in the alpine region of Austria, ‘Waltz’ gets its name from the old German word walzen meaning to roll, turn, or to glide. It is a ballroom dance in 3/4 time with strong accent on the first beat and a basic pattern of step-step-close. There are two types namely, Boston: slower waltz with long gliding steps and Hesitation: taking one step to three beats of the measure. Hesitation steps are still widely used in today’s waltz.
So leave aside your fears, put on your dancing shoes and dance away with your Baliye!
- Arpita Bhattacharya