The Fandango is a very expressive dance which is believed to have originated in Spain around the early 1700s. Experts of the Fandango are, however, in disagreement over the dance's true origin. It expresses the passion of the dancers. The two dancers often taunt each other by following their steps or by using gestures. A Fandango between two men is often a kind of dance-off, a competition of the dancers' skills. In this version, the first dancer creates the rhythm and steps and the second dancer then uses that rhythm to perform a more elaborate dance. It is almost like a dispute with both dancers trying to out-do each other. The word Fandango is therefore synonymous with 'a quarrel' or...
The Charleston was a popular dance in the 1920s. It involves the fast-paced swinging of the legs and big arm movements. Early performances date back to around 1903 when several Harlem stage shows presented the dance.The song "The Charleston," by James P. Johnson in the Broadway musical "Runnin' Wild" in 1923 caused a dance fever. Young men and women took off the etiquette and moral codes of their parents' generation. The young people let loose in their attire, actions, and attitudes. Young women cut their hair, shortened their skirts, drank alcohol, smoked, wore makeup. Dancing became more uninhibited. Many dance halls banned the Charleston because of its outrageous behavior.
The Bolero is the name given to a romantic, slow-tempo Latin music style and its associated dance. There are two different types of Bolero. The Spanish Bolero became known during the 18th Century and the Cuban Bolero in the 19th Century. Both dances are expressive and sensual and focus on the theme of love. However, they developed independently and are very different in terms of style and origins.
Tango is one of the most sensual and fascinating dances. It originated from Argentina in the early twentieth century and has influences from African, Native American and European culture. It is danced to a repetitive style of music, with the count of the music being either 16 or 32 beats. The woman is typically held in the crook of the man’s arm. She holds her head back and rests her right hand on the man's lower hip. The man must allow the woman to rest in this position while leading her around the floor in a curving pattern.
The Reel is a lively folk dance, Celtic in origin. It is a variety of country dance in which the dancers perform traveling figures alternating with “setting” steps danced in one place. Reels may be for sets of two or more couples. The music is in quick 2/4 or 4/4 time and usually has an insistent 16th-note motion.