Dance music

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As dance music is called music , you can dance to or for a special dance was composed. What exactly is considered dance music depends on social, cultural and personal factors.

The question of what can be described as dance music is answered differently depending on historical and often also political developments. In many cases, modern dance music resembles the trance-like rhythms of “primitive” cultures. Sometimes a mixture and ethnic influence between original folk music and contemporary dance music can be observed, e.g. B. Bhangra , or music of African origin. In this context one speaks of world music .

Among dance music which is now mostly ballroom dancing understood that in standard dances and Latin dances affiliated with the related genres of music, and also to the rock 'n' roll , boogie-woogie and Discofox be added. Most of the modern music styles that are danced to in discotheques today - such as the majority of rock music , hip-hop and electronic dance music ( techno , house, etc.) are usually not referred to as dance music in the narrower sense, although they meet the definition above . In addition, there have been fashion and party dances again and again since the early 20th century , which, as a fad, are temporarily very popular and then mostly forgotten again.

From the point of view of dance sport, there are additional quality features for dance music, especially when it is played live by a dance orchestra :

  • The music should be played cleanly and the rhythm of the dance should be clear.
  • The music should adhere to a fixed speed limit, which is measured in BPM .
  • The beat should be easy to hear even for inexperienced dancers. It is important to find a compromise between clarity and rhythmic freedom, as experienced dancers tend to demand music in which the beat is not imposing in order to be able to interpret the dance more freely and thus more demanding.

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Portal: Dance  - Overview of Wikipedia content on dance
Wiktionary: Dance music  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations