Folk Dance (Origins, Present and Our Role)

Folk Dance is universally accepted as the people’s dance form and is widely performed at social functions in India. There is little or no training given to dancers as the art of folk dance passes from generation to generation, as every child of the community is encouraged to learn it when elders are dancing. The dancers get captivated by the local or traditional music and the musicians and dancers complement each other’s performance. The talent and imagination of dancers greatly influence their performance. Some dances are performed individually whereas in some men and women dance together. Each form of dance is performed with its own specific rhythm, costumes and expressions coupled with energy, experience and celebration.

In general this dance form is not taken very seriously for professional stage performances, as unfortunately most folk dances have little or no commercial value. Also, since folk dancing does not have a governing or promotional body, it is controlled by no one. It is inherited from past traditions and therefore new dancers often dance merely by observing the steps of veterans. In some places, these folk dancers (basically villagers or tribal people) form a team and travel to different places to display their talent.

Folk dances are performed at every cultural occasion like festivals, marriages, welcoming guests, to celebrate harvest season and arrival of other seasons and religious events. Most folk dances have evolved naturally over a very long period going back several generations. They weren’t created or designed arbitrarily by a single person or group of people. Folk dance is also known by other names such as ethnic dance, traditional dance, street dance or vernacular dance.

A Folk Dance is unique in the sense that every community/ state/ country has its own form of folk dance.

Following dances, though originated as folk dances, have captured the imagination of contemporary dancers and have been adopted and developed by the Hollywood industry.

  1. Argentine Tango
  2. Circle Mixers
  3. Scandinavian
  4. Scottish (Country/Folk) Dancing
  5. Vintage, Hambo and Alpine

As the folk dance reflects the traditional life of the people of a country it is given high importance by the governments of countries and is show cased in functions such as film festivals, Independence Day function and so on. It is because of this special treatment by the governments and cultural groups that these dance forms still exist in the modern commercially driven world.

Learning folk dance is fun as these dance forms are based on natural dancing instincts and body-movements of us humans.

Nowadays many people are of the view that dance is something that can be performed only on stage and that it has to be learnt in a dance studio. And they watch the dance shows on TV with eagerness. The social dancing that mostly gets into the silver screen is the nicely choreographed performance of well practiced dancer/s. This TV art form is completely different from real folk dance, that is performed on the ground of a village.

Even today folk dance is regularly performed in most of the the rural areas of India. We think it is time that we city dwellers educated ourselves about this pure form of dance and adopted it. Folk dance is not just a dance form but an identity and bonding force of a community and is its pride.

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Dance Away that Flab

Can't decide between the gym and dancing to lose that extra weight or to stay fit in general? Here's a list of dance forms taught at Delhi Dance Academy with the average calories burnt in 1 hour:

Zumba: 500-1000
Aerobics: 500-800
Jazz Contemporary: 400-600
Bharatnatyam: 400-600
Hip-Hop: 350-550
Belly dance: 250-450
Bollywood: 300
Salsa: 200-300

These numbers vary with your body weight and the amount of effort you put in.

How can I lose weight?
You lose weight when you consume or burn more calories than you take. Burning 3500 calories means you lose 1 lbs or 450 grams (almost half a Kilo) of weight.

In other words, if you cut 500 calories from your diet each day or burn 500 calories working out or dancing, you would lose 0.45 kgs in a week. :)

At Delhi Dance Academy we can also talk to you about your daily diet and recommend changes to help you lose weight.

Delhi Dance Academy has been featured on 24 x 7 News Channel as one of Delhi's best dance institutes. We have made recent appearances on TV Channels like BBC, Aajtak, E TV, NHK World, MTv and NDTV Goodtimes. We are among the top 50 activities to do while in Delhi by TripAdvisor with excellent reviews.

DDA remains one of Delhi’s most sought after dance academies - The Hindu
Delhi's Top 5 Places to Learn Hip Hop, Popping and Locking - HT City, Hindustan Times
Belly Dancing Classes That'll Help You Ace The Art - HT City, Hindustan Times
Top 5 Places to Learn Bollywood Dance in Delhi - HT City, Hindustan Times
Delhi's Best Places to Learn Dance - Delhi Times, Times of India
Zumba at Delhi Dance Academy, I must confess, leaves me panting and exhausted - Business Standard
Shaadi Poori Filmi Hai (Article on Wedding Choreography) - TFL Magazine
Namaste India Dance Workshops - Editor's Pick - Timeout Delhi Magazine
The Top Place for B Boying, Hip Hop, Funk Jazz and Zumba - Hindustan Times main newspaper
Gymnastics Classes by Arman Safa Khan - Timeout Delhi
Shall We Dance? Director Arjun Sandhu interviewed by HT Mint
11 Unusual Things To Do In Delhi by About.com
Top 10 Things to Do In Delhi by Guardian UK

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