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South African Dance culture..

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South African Dance culture..
South Africans dance their way from their ancient history through the apartheid era , right on to the free democracy we enjoy now.

South African dance, a multi cultural happening..

the dance is performed by both man and women.
how to dance the tswana dance..
the dancers always keeps a happy face to create a more dramatic atmosphere.
THE ba Tswana dance culture
the dance is normally performed at traditional celebrations.
the dances are danced with passion and in a very energetic form.
the dancers wear a MOTSETSO a skirt made of animal skin.
the women dance faster and slightly higher.
the man dance slightly slower, and lower as if hunting..
the man band their knees and spread theit arms to make birdlike movements.
Tswana wedding dances are danced with various outfits..
Welcoming the bride
church and traditional ceremonies
when the bride and her maids dance.
south Africa

africans dance to pass down history to the next generation. e.g
summorning and possessioning dance,warrior dance, coming of age dance( just to name a few...
Dance is this art form more than any other that has been pioneering integration.
people of every race,creed,and culture have found a common ground in dance..

It was introduced by the ancestors of the fore fathers. It is very dynamic and rich. The type and style of dance movements are dependent on the musical instruments.

What Is Nigeria Dance?

The Nigerian Cultural Dance is a traditional dance group who can perform in various environments such as festivals, weddings, birthdays, feature performances, thanksgiving, street events, and cultural day, etc. The type and style of dance movements are dependent on the musical instruments.

Nigerian Dance Culture

Nigerian traditional dance tends to express situations, emotions, sentiments, and beliefs.it can be performed in various environments such as festivals, weddings, birthdays, thanksgiving, street events, and cultural day, etc.
In general men used large body movements, including jumping and leaping

Traditional Dance

Women danced smaller movements with much use of "shuffle steps", the body in a bent position with "crooked knees


Each particular dance has a linkage to human activity. Drums, African talking drums, flute, Shekele, Picolo etc. are common musical instruments they used in dancing.
Instruments Used: Nigeria Dance Culture

talking drums



1)Warrior Dances: invented by Franci Elkins,. One example of a warrior dance is Agbekor. It is an ancient dance once known as Atamga. Agbekor is often performed at cultural events and at funerals.

2)Dances of Love are performed on special occasions, such as weddings and anniversaries. One example is the Nmane dance. It is done by women during weddings in honor of the bride.

Types Of Dances

Dances of Welcome are a show of respect and pleasure to visitors, Yabara is an example of a West African welcoming Dance (sekere)It is thrown into the air to different heights by the female dancers.

Ezeagu was invented by Ezeagu Atilogwu,used in traditional festivals and it annouces the arrival and departure of the various seasons of the year.
It was used to perform for
Queen Elizabeth II
in Lagos in January, 1956.

Ezeagu 1956.

Owigiri is a traditional dance or life style full of fun, this lifestyle is what made Port Harcourt the city of the Ijaw people to be the liveliest, sweetest and most attractive city in West AFRICA and perhaps in the whole of AFRICA.

Types of dance Nigeria:Ijaw festival dance culture

Bayelsa And The Three Ethnic Groups In Nigeria

Music and dance are part of life of every Nigerian native from cradle to grave. Their dance steps and gestures are agile, graceful, admirable, and elegant. We invite you to come and share the experience.We will make you feel the rhythm and the music that will bring your soul to dance.Music and dance remain the soul of Nigerian culture.



Videos And Refrences


Nmane dance and Agbeko dance and drums used

We have learned that "cultural development" does not mean changing the culture,however merely improving it for greater success.
because dance is the language of the nation, a way of communicating without fighting or differentiated...
since charity begins at home we think we can diversify our dance culture here at AUM...through combining our enriched different dance cultures and explore as well as improve our culture by learning from each others culture...
our objectives..
let us make an appreciation of culture club..
instruments used in dance routines..



countries use string instruments.

wear specific attires when singing and dancing.

They both have dance routines.

have special music and dance events.

They sing and dance as a tradition.

have meanings when being performed.
Folk dances are different.

dances are different.
costumes are not the same.
An old woman is not old in a song she dances well.
"What makes the drum pleasing is the dance.."
"A tree that refuses to dance will be made to do so by the wind."
Even drumsticks are heavy on the way home after the dance

is a modern Levantine Arab folk dance of possible Canaanite or Phoenician origin  , It is popular in Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Syria.

According to one folk tradition, the dance originated in the Levant where houses were built from stone with a roof made of wood, straw and dirt.

the oud The mijwiz

Song genres
There are many kinds of songs that are sung during and specifically for dabke, by both men and women respectively, depending on the occasion, song, and audience. Some of the most popular of these songs, such as Dal Ouna , Al Jafra.
In Jordan there are ةmanyغ types of The Jordanian Dabke such as
Wahad w Nos

Dabke is like a glimpses of heritage, and a sincere expression of its history..

The tableh The arghul

The daff
What is Dabka exactly?

Dabka is a line and formation dance, it is widely performed at weddings and joyous occasions. The line forms from right to left. The leader of the dabke heads the line, alternating between facing the audience and the other dancers.

the history of Dabke
why people dance
Dance is the art form in which human movement becomes the medium for sensing, understanding, and communicating ideas, feelings, and experiences.the goal of dance education is to engage students in artistic experiences through the processes of creation, performance and response.

Being in general an aerobic exercise, dance brings well known benefits, such as reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, weight control and other ones commonly associated with physical fitness.

I dance bacause
that is how i can be myself, express myself and my emotions. It is like letting your soul out. When i get up at the stage and do a laep i feel freeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
dance to EXPRESS !!!
When I dance I share all my emotions and feelings. Dancing make me feel like I'm on top of the world, it makes me smile and it is where all my problems fade away. Dance is forever in my heart and soul.
Dance is important because it allows people to be expressive and also is a great way to exercise. Dance is also a way for certain cultures to celebrate and also give praise in their religion. Dance is a way for many people to express emotion and be artistic

People dance for all kinds of reasons - to mourn, to celebrate, to heal, to give thanks, to preserve cultural heritage and treasured legends, to demonstrate physical prowess, to assert individuality, to provoke and to entertain.

Dance can be categorized in various ways, such as by the number of interacting dancers, as in solo dance, partner dance and group dance, or by purpose, as in ceremonial dance, erotic dance, performance dance, and social dance
it can be in a short movement phrase.

With energy


The acronym BASTE helps educators and students recall these elements of dance.

A dancer
does what?
Through space
social dance
Belly dance is important to Egypt because it represents them and they involve this dance a lot in there ceremonies or other special events.
The term "belly dance" is a translation of the French term "danse du ventre",
This dance ( belly dance) It is more commonly performed by female dancers but is also sometimes danced by men or children.

Egypt “Belly Dance”

Female and male

Names which are sometimes used for the dance in English speaking countries include Oriental dance ,Egyptian dance, Arabic dance or Middle Eastern dance.
Belly dance takes many different forms depending on the country and region, both in costume and dance style
Now-a-days bally dancing became more popular and has spread in the world

“Belly Dance”

Movements found in belly dance
 Percussive movements 
Fluid movements, shivers and vibrations

Every part of the body is involved in the belly dance, but the part of the body most used is the hips.


video 1
Costume flowing garments , veils , billowing pants made of glitter and rich fabrics
A separate decorated bra and skirt/ belt which is often tightly fitted around the hips and made of fabric.
jeweler : flashy and exotic jewelry like anklets , bangles , armbands ,toe ring ... Etc
other accessories that add extra entertainment like intricate belts that are eye catchers scarves

Costume in Egypt



props used through out dancing






Tabla (drums)



Video 2
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