10 WACKY FACTS ABOUT DANCING YOU PROBABLY NEVER KNEW

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Your body is designed to move. Look at it. Arms and legs, lungs and heart, muscles, bones, joints all fashioned by some great intelligence to impel us through life. So why in our constricted human wisdom do we choose to negate ourselves the necessity of and pleasure of moving? And if at all you have decided to ‘move it’, what’s a better option than dancing.

 Dance is an integral part of the live and recorded performing arts and cultural industries. It is often collaborative and givesfanciful work opportunities to artists working in a range of other art forms like music, design, theatre, film and sculpture . In addition, dancers and choreographers often contribute to other art forms. It has a really long history, but we don’t want to bore you with it. Let’s find out some interesting benefits instead:

 1.The 1518 “Dancing Plague” was a frenzy that continued for a month and killed numerous people in Strasbourg, France through fatigue or heart attack. People just danced hysterically until they collapsed! Alas! One other famous case involved people dancing on a bridge. Ultimately so many people danced on the bridge that they broke it and fell into the river. Bizarre! Isn’t it?

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2.An English man tragically lost his life during an office Christmas party. The cause of death? He overexerted himself dancing to Psy’s megahit Gangnam Style.

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Moral of the story: If you have certain health ailments, do not stray outside of your comfort zone.

3.A world record for the longest conga dance line was set by 119,986 people in Miami in 1988.

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 4.The dance world is full of superstitious notion. By saying “break a leg” right before a show or performance, people are saying the exact opposite of what they hope will happen on stage.

 

5.You may know Tupac Shakur as the late rapping legend of the late 80s and early 90s, but what you may not know is that he used to be a ballet dancer! He became a member of the 127th Street Ensemble, a Harlem based theater company.

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 6.In 2008, the world’s first “sustainable” dance floor opened at Club Watt in Rotterdam, Sweden. The floor’s tiles each sit on springs hooked up to generators. The harder people dance, the more the springs are compressed and this converts into energy, which runs the LED lights in the floor.

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7.Hindu religion has a very close link to dance and music. This connect . This connection can be seen in their countless Bollywood movies that all celebrate dancing. Likewise, many dance forms grace the monuments of the historically rich nation.

 

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8.African slaves that were brought in Brazil around 3-4 hundred years ago were forbidden from practicing martial arts. Consequently, they developed the mix of dancing and fighting that is known today as capoeira.

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9.Breakdancing was first created as a “less fatal” form of fighting between belligerent African-American street gangs in 1970s Bronx area of NYC. This kind of dancing re-emerged into universal popularity during 1990s.

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 10.The most corporeal dance of modern era is without a second opinion the Tango. It originated in the 1890s in Argentina, but it swiftly became very triumphant in Europe.

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