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What Does Quantitative Genetics & Dance Have in Common?

Most people like dancing, but dancing at a competitive level has many similarities to sport. Professional dancers must be physically fit and practise timing, discipline and teamwork. Scientists have always applied genetics to try to understand what factors make a great athlete and those same factors can also be applied to dancers. Dancers certainly need
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The Romantic Waltz

The waltz is a usually slow smooth ballroom dance as well as a folk dance usually performed in a closed position. The first record of the waltz was prior to the 16th century with a reference to a gliding or sliding waltz. Montaigne, the French philosopher mentioned a dance he saw during his stay in
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The Tango Dance

The Tango began in the 1880’s with influences from European and African cultures. The dance form began along the River Plate in lower class areas of Montevideo and Buenos Aires. At first, it was only performed by couples where slaves gathered to dance, but before long, it hit Europe and in 1913 was the craze
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Traditional Square Dance

The Traditional Square Dance is a term that is used for any square dance in America other than what is known as Modern Western. In most cases, it is a term used for the dance forms before 1950 when Modern Western came on the scene. The traditional square dance term is used for mainly regional
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The Salsa Dance

The Salsa dance form was started during the 1970’s and even though it’s originated in New York City, it actually was based on dances from Latin America such as the Mambo, Son, and cha cha cha. These dance forms were very popular during the 1940’s in Latin America, Caribbean, and in Latino areas of New
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The Cuban Rumba

The Cuban Rumba began around the 1940’s and involves song, percussion, and dance. The dance form itself is only performed to specific music created using certain instruments such as the cajones, chekere, palitos, guagua, claves, Quinto, and tumbadoras. The origins of the Rumba can be traced back to the urban areas of Matanzas and Havana.
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Cha Cha Cha Dance

The Cha Cha Cha often referred to as the Cha Cha came to be when composer and violinist in Cuban, Enrique Jorrin of the group Orquesta America during the 1950’s. He watched dancers on the floor having issues dancing to the syncopated rhythms of Danzon Mambo. In order to create music that would truly appeal
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The Country Western Two-step

As the name implies, this type of dance is performed on country music often referred to as the two-step or the Texas two-step. As with most dance forms, there are a few different variations of the dance, but all requires a partner. Texas Two Step The man is normally the leader and the woman is
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The Jitterbug Dance

The jitterbug began in the 1930’s and often is found among other dance forms of the same era that is similar to the way these dance routines are performed. Even the jitterbug has variations according to the nationality of the person performing this American dance. It is linked with The East Coast Swing, jive, Lindy
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