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Cultural Dance Trends Series - Episode 2 by World Dance Apparel

Written by Karol Moreno

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Posted on August 10 2022

World Dance Apparel has started a series where we are trying to capsulate cultural dance trends for all of the countries. In the previous episode, we shared the dance culture of each country starting with the alphabet 'A'. In this episode, we'll cover all the countries starting with the alphabet 'B'. So, just read, enjoy and gain some amazing knowledge about the cultural dances in this series.

Cultural Dance of Bahamas

Quadrille

The Quadrille is a dance that was fashionable in Europe and its colonies at the end of the 18th and 19th centuries. This type of cultural dance was used to wear some special designs of dance apparels and dance performance was consisting of a series of four to six counter dances.

Quadrille is performed by four pairs in the shape of a rectangle, and it is akin to American square dancing. Lancers, a variant of the quadrrill, became popular in the late 1800s and was danced in folk dance clubs well into the 20th century. A derivative found in the French-speaking Lesser Antilles is known as the quadrill, the dance is also still found in Madagascar and is present in ancient Caribbean culture.

Rake-and-Scrape

Rake-and-scrape is traditional Bahamian music, featuring Junkanoo. It combines African musical elements with European musical elements to create a sound similar to other Caribbean music while maintaining excellence.

Heel and Toe Polka

The first term of the heel and toe is what used to be called the seventh step or the heel and toe step, which is done in a dance called a boogie. Another was "Lincoln Hill and Two Polka". A different heel and toe was popular in the 20th century. The Bohemian or Heel and Toe Polka was made in 1888.

Cultural Dance of Bahrain

Ardah

Ardah is a kind of group dance in the Arabian Peninsula. The dance is performed with two rows of men facing each other, with or without a sword or staff, accompanied by drums and spoken poetry.

Liwa

Līwa is a traditional Gulf dance of African origin performed in Eastern Arabia (the Arab states of the Persian Gulf), mainly among communities of descendants of people from the Swahili coast (Tanzania and Zanzibar). It is also performed by the Afro-Chedi community as well as the Baluchis of the Makran Coast and Karachi region.

Cultural Dance of Bangladesh

Baul

The Baul is a group of Sufi singers with mixed elements of Sufism and Vaishnavism from Bangladesh and the neighboring Indian states of West Bengal and Tripura and the Barak Valley in Assam and Meghalaya. The bouls represent a syncretic religious denomination and musical traditions.

The bouls are a very heterogeneous group, with many denominations, but their membership mainly consists of Hindu Vaishnavas and Muslim Sufis. They can often be recognized by their distinctive clothing with performance costumes and musical instruments. Lalon Shah is considered the most famous Saint Paul in history.

Bizhu Dance

A Bizhu dance is a group dance in which participants stand in a square or circular shape. The chakma wear their traditional clothes when they participate. It is believed that it was originally a devotional offering made in the shrine of the Chakmas temples.

The dance differs from other dance forms in that it is characterized by abrupt stops during the performance. In recent years, it has become extremely popular for its catchy tempo and easy beats. Through the Bizhu dance, the Chakmas say goodbye to the passing year and ring in the new year.

Marma Dance

Formerly known as Moghs or Maghs, the Marma are the second largest ethnic community in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh and mainly live in Bandarban, Khajrachari and Rangamati Hill districts. Some Marmas live in the coastal areas of Bangladesh near Cox's Bazar and Batuakhali, while others live in Tripura, India and Myanmar. More than 210,000 Marmas live in Bangladesh. Since the 16th century, the Marma have considered the land of the Chittagong Plateau in Bengal as their home, where they established the Bomong and Mong (chiefdoms) districts.

Peacock Dance

The Peacock Dance or Peacock Dance is a traditional Asian folk dance that portrays the beauty and movement of a peacock. There are many peacock dance traditions that have developed in Asia, including the peacock dances in Myanmar, western and northern Cambodia, and western Java in Indonesia, as well as the peacock dances of the Indian subcontinent in southern India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Cultural Dance of Belarus

Karahod

Karahod dance

The khorovod or horovod is one of the oldest dances in Russia's history in Russia which is more than 1000 years old. It is a mixture of circle dancing and choral singing, similar to the dances of ancient Greece.The dance was also known in Russia as Karagod, Tanuk and Krug.

Kryzhachok

Kryzhachok dance

Kryzhachok is a folk dance popular in Belarus. This funny name comes from the Belarusian word for wild goose - krizak, where the dance imitates the movements of birds. The folk dance also had other names such as Kryzhik, Pauluchok and Antoshka which were based on the song. This Belarusian dance is graceful, performed by a large group of dancers in pairs.

Cultural Dance of Belize

Brukdown

Brukdown dance

Brukdown is a kind of Belizean music. Its most famous artist and creator, Wilfrid Peters, is considered a national icon of Belize. The word brukdown may come from the word "brukdown calypso", referring to the similarities between Brockdown music and Trinidadian calypso music; The presence of a large number of Jamaicans in Belize has also led to the influence of Mento music.

Cultural Dance of Bermuda

Gombey

Gombey Dance

An iconic symbol of Bermuda, Gombey is a unique dance performance art full of colorful and intricate choreography and percussion. This folk tradition reflects the mix of African, Caribbean and British cultures on the island.

The dancers are mostly male and perform in groups of 10 to 30, although female groups have emerged in modern times. Traditions have been passed down orally from generation to generation within families, and the leaders of each band determine the direction of the band and the style taught. So within the teams there can be small but obvious differences in rhythms, moves, dance costumes and headgear, each of which can be identified.

Cultural Dance of Bolivia

Huayno

Huayno dance

Huayno is a form of Andean folk music and dance. It is mainly found in Peru, Bolivia and Chile and is practiced by several ethnic groups, especially the Quechua people. The history of Huayno dates back to colonial Peru as a mix of traditional folk music and urban folk dance music. High-pitched vocals are accompanied by a variety of instruments, including quina (flute), ukulele, seco (bagpipes), accordion, saxophone, charango, lute, violin, guitar, and mandolin.

Some elements of the huayno originated in pre-Columbian Andean music, particularly in the areas of the former Inca Empire. Huayno uses a distinct rhythm in which the first note is accentuated and followed by two short beats.

Caporales

Caporales dance

Caporales is a traditional Andean dance from Los Yungas de La Paz. Created in 1969, the Caporales were first presented to the public by the Estrada Pacheco brothers, who were inspired by the character of the "Corporal", who was the overseer of black and generally mixed slaves, boot-and-whip boots, a dance that belongs to the Yungas region of Bolivia, but the dance has a remarkable religious aspect. One is supposed to dance to the Virgin of Socavon (patroness of miners) and is promised to dance three years of one's life. The caboral is today a very popular folk dance at festivities not only in Bolivia, but also in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Spain and the United States.

Diablada

 Diablada dance

Diablada, also known as Danza de los Diablos (Dance of the Devils), is an Andean folk dance performed in the Altiplano region of South America, with performers wearing masks and costumes representing Satan and other characters from the pre-theology and Colombian mythology.

With Spanish and Christian elements added during colonial times. Several scholars have concluded that the dance originates from the llama dance in honor of the deity Oro Teo and the Aymaran ritual of the devil Anchancho, both of which originated in pre-Columbian Bolivia, although there are theories of competitors about the origin of the dance.

Cultural Dance of Brazil

Samba

Samba Dance

Samba is a live dance of Afro-Brazilian origin danced in 2/4 (2 x 4) to samba music. The term "samba" originally referred to one of the many Latin duo dances that originated in Congo and Angola. Today, samba is the most common dance form in Brazil and its importance reaches its peak during the Carnival festival. Indeed, there is a group of dances, not a single dance, that defines the samba dance scene in Brazil; However, a dance cannot be said to be the "original" style of the samba. Besides the Brazilian samba, the main style of the samba is the samba hall, which varies greatly.

Frevo

Frevo dance

Frevo is a dance and music style originating from Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil, and is traditionally associated with the Brazilian Carnival. The word frevo comes from frever, which is a variant of the Portuguese word ferver (to cook). The frevo sound is said to make listeners and dancers feel like they are cooking. The word frevo is used for both frevo music and frevo dance.

Maculelê

Maculelê dance

Maculelê is an Afro-Brazilian dance in which a number of people gather in a circle called a roda.

Carimbó

Carimbó dance

Carimbó is a Brazilian dance. The dance has been popular in the northern part of Brazil, since Brazil was still a Portuguese colony, originating in the Brazilian region of Pará, around the island of Marajo and its capital, Belem.

Capoeira

Capoeira dance

Capoeira is a Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts, dance, acrobatics, music and spirituality. Born in a melting pot of African slaves, Brazilian Indians and Portuguese influences (Christianity, etc.) in the early 16th century, Capoeira is an ever-evolving art form. She is known for her acrobatic and intricate maneuvers, often involving hands on the ground and kicking upside down. emphasizes fluid movements rather than static poses; The ginga, a rocking motion, is usually the focal point of the technique.

The most commonly accepted etymology of the word capoeira comes from the words topi ka'a ("forest") paũ ("circle"), referring to areas of low vegetation in the interior of Brazil where escaped slaves hid. A practitioner of the art called capoeresta.

 Forró

Forró dance

The term forró refers to a musical genre, rhythm, dance and the event itself where forró music is played and danced. Forró is an important part of the culture of the northeastern region of Brazil. It encompasses different types of dance as well as a number of different musical genres. Their music and dance genres have become hugely popular in all parts of Brazil, especially during the Brazilian festivals in June. Forró has also become popular around the world with the forró scene well established in Europe.

Maxixe

Maxixe dance

The maxixe also known as Brazilian tango, is a dance, accompanied by music (often performed as a subgenre of churro), originating in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro in 1868, around the same time as Tango develops in Argentina and neighboring Uruguay. It is a dance developed from Afro-Brazilian (mainly London) and European (mainly polka) dances.

Coco

Coco dance

Coco is percussion music with African influences from the north of Brazil. "Coco" can also refer to a dance style performed to music, a kind of stomping. Coco is also known as "embolada" (another slang word meaning "entanglement", referring to the fast, crossover and machine gun singing style). Coco is often performed with a repetitive musical rhythm and call-and-response vocals reminiscent of Capoeira music. The music is often played at traditional Northeast festivals, such as street parties and weekend carnivals.

Cultural Dance of Brunei

Zapin

Zapin dance

Zapin is one of the most popular dance and music forms of traditional Malaysian performing arts. The dance moves are modeled after melodies performed with musical instruments such as the gambus (short-necked clarinet), accordion and ribana. It is believed to have been introduced by Persian missionaries and Muslim Arabs from the Middle East to the Malay Archipelago around the 14th century, when only men were allowed; Today, dancers are included. It was performed exclusively for religious ceremonies, but over the years it has become a traditional form of entertainment and therefore dancers are allowed to participate.

Cultural Dance of Burma

Burmese Dance

Burmese dance

Dance in Burma known as Myanmar can be divided into dramatic, folk, village and wet dances, each with different characteristics. While Burmese dance is similar to the traditional dance style of its neighbors, especially Thailand, it retains unique qualities that set it apart from other regional styles, including angular, fast, and lively movements and an emphasis on posture rather than movement.

Final Words

We hope you enjoyed some amazing information in this episode 2. If you want to read the 1st episode, click here. In the next episode, we'll talk about the dance culture for the countries starting with the alphabet 'C'!

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