My Journey through the Different Dance Forms

My Sisters Fusion Dance Performance

Bollywood Dance

The Mumbai based Hindi film industry in India is informally known by the name Bollywood.Bollywood dance is a form of dance in which Western and South Asian types of dance are combined together.

  • It can be considered to be an electric mix of old and new, traditional and modern, hip hop and salsa and thus goes on the list…
  • This dance form is the foundation of every great Indian Bollywood films.
  • The most important elements of Bollywood dance are timing and rhythm, liveliness and quick controlled expressive movements.
  • That’s the reason why Bollywood dance is one of the hottest dances around!

Fusion Dance

Fusion dance is an approach of a certain dance movement in which different styles are mixed together. Usually in fusion dance classical and modern styles are mixed together. It does not have a strictly defined dance aesthetic. It can also be considered to be a dance form in which a new style is created to a unique music depending upon the music and dancers. In fusion more than one dance aesthetics can be combined to a single dance form that reflects multiple influences.

It also provides a chance for dancers to actively adapt and improvise their dance style to music of all influences by keenly understanding the similarities between various dance styles. Fusion dance gives more importance to dynamic and richness of movement rather than physical placement and body line. They can also add new movements to it to make it more attractive. Fusion dance is a concept that is developing continuously and is seen and understood in different ways by different people.

Acro Dance

Acro dance is a fusion of classical dance techniques with precision acrobatic elements. Acro dance is also known by the names acrobatic dance and gymnastic dance. But it is simply referred to as acro dance by most dancers and dance professionals. The tenants of acro dance are its athletic character, unique choreography and its use of acrobatics in dance.

Acro dancers need to be well trained in both dance and acrobatic skills. It is a challenging dance form in which dancers must be in excellent physical condition while performing it as acro is a physically demanding activity.

Hip-hop dance

Hip hop is a dance style, usually performed to hip hop music that evolved as a part of the hip hop culture. Though the first dance associated with hip hop was break dancing, it includes a wide range of styles like locking, popping etc. Hip hop was given the main stream exposure by dance crews in the United States. Hip hop steps consist of both moves executed close to the ground and those done standing up. It is an energetic form of dancing that requires skill and experience to perfect. Those who are interested in this form dance should have a good sense of rhythm and the uniqueness of this dance form is that it allows its dancer with the freedom of movement. Though the steps appear simple when performed, even the basic steps need a lot of practice.

Contemporary Dance Performance

Contemporary dance

Contemporary dance is a popular form of dance which incorporates elements from modern and post-modern aspects of dance along with classical dance styles such as ballet. When compared to other dance forms it is not choreographed and dancers follow compositional philosophies. Contemporary dance tends to utilize the legwork, stress, floor work and improvisation characteristics of various dance forms. Rhythm, speed, and direction which are often used in it are changed unpredictably. It not only incorporates elements from western dance cultures but also from African as well as Japanese contemporary dance. This form of musical expression emerged during the middle portion of the twentieth century. Now it has grown to become one of the most dominating dance forms that are performed by dancers throughout the world.

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Pole dance

Pole dance is a dance form which combines dance and acrobatics centered on a vertical pole. This is usually used as a prop in other kind of dances in which the performer makes use of a pole for special movements. It is performed less gymnastically when considered as a dance form. Pole dance has recently gained popularity as a form of fitness and mainstream entertainment in gyms and dance studios. Strength, flexibility and endurance are expected pole dance performers. Good training, determination, and the desire to let go of your inhibition is necessary for a person to become a perfect pole dancer.

Shobana - A classical Dancer
Shobana - A classical Dancer

Classical Dance

It is a conventional form of dance that reveals the emotions through poetry and dance drama. It is represented by self confidence, dignity and exactness of movement. Moreover it is made unique with its elaborate formal gestures, steps, and poses. It can be performed either in solo or in group with the escort of musical instruments and attractive costumes. The musical composition written or used for classical dance is meant to convey a particular story or theme. The main quality required for a classical dancer is a strong attitude along with composure. By practicing this form of dance a person can attain calmness, harmony in life and a wonderful body shape. Some examples of the different kinds of classical dances are ballet, bharathanatyam, tango etc.

Kathakali in Kerala
Kathakali in Kerala


Kathakali is a classical dance drama that originated in the state of Kerala in India. Kathakali which is one of the oldest theater forms in the world is also noted for its elaborate make-up, extra ordinary costumes, highly developed language of gestures and rigorous body movements. The orchestra is unique that includes only a few instruments with two singers providing the vocal accompaniment. The themes for the performances are traditionally based on the Hindu mythology, mainly from the two epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. The colors used for the faces are determined according to the characters.

A kathakali artist need to undergo a strenuous course of training and special periods of body massage to acquire the high degree of flexibility and muscle control that are very essential for the performance of this art form. Earlier Kathakali performances used to begin in the evening and continue throughout the night and end at dawn, when evil is finally conquered by good. But today it is modified and is completed within the span of a couple of hours.

Colors used for make-up
Noble male characters
Characters having evil streak
Green make-up with red marks on the cheeks
Angry characters
Red make-up with a flowing red beard
Women and ascetics
Lustrous yellow make-up


Kalaripayattu is considered to be the mother of all martial arts. It is an ancient art form that is one of the best sources of inspiration for self expression in both traditional and contemporary dance forms. A contemporary dancer when understands the movements of kalaripayattu will equip the tools to understand their own movements vocabulary. Unlike other dance forms that come with an aesthetic baggage, kalaripayattu conceives of a neutral body devoid of all these constrains. This art from that begins with the tiniest body movement propels the body into continuous movement.

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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

I love watching Dance programmes on T.V. You have presented a nice account of many Dance forms in this hub. Enjoyed going through this article, with nice pictures!

Thanks and voted up as interesting!

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