Since time immemorial, human beings have danced. When still in their infancy as a species, they danced around camp fires to the beat of crude drums. As time passed, musical instruments were fashioned and the humble beginnings of stringed and wind instruments began to take shape.
In the medieval ages, music and dancing were among the most popular forms of entertainment, both for kings and for peasants. In fact, during these times, folk dances were organized to celebrate anything from a new moon to an abundant crop harvest.
With the evolution of music, came the evolution of dance.
Tango, salsa, ballroom dancing, the waltz, the twist and the jive are just a few out of the many forms of dancing that are known today. Dancing has always evolved with music. People dance for many reasons. Sometimes, it is just to make merry.
For others, it is artistic expression. In fact Greek philosopher Aristotle equated dance with poetry, putting them on the same level. People also dance in rituals, such as wedding ceremonies where the first dance between the bride and groom is seen as a confirmation of the bond they have between them.
Dancing to keep fit
Dancing is also a great way to let loose and to keep fit. Modern line dancing is one such example while the modern phenomenon of zumba combines cardiovascular exercise with fun and dance.
The explosion of modern music in the 21st century has seen some interesting forms of dance, such as breakdancing and now twerking, which was first popularized on television but has become a mainstream form of dancing. But all in all, people seem to dance because it is a fun activity and just a way to let loose. There are some forms of dancing from around the world that are immediately associated with particular countries; for example belly dancing in the Middle East or flamenco in Spain. Dancing is also practiced in competition form and it is also practiced by people with disabilities in the form of wheelchair dancing.