Dance Music

This article is about music for dancing in general. For electronic genres, see dance-pop.

Dance music is dancing. It can be either a whole musical piece or part of a larger musical arrangement. In terms of performance, the major categories are live dance music and recorded dance music.


[edit] Origins

Folk dance music is music accompanying Forró.

[edit] Historical dance music

While there exist attestations of the combination of dance and music in ancient times (for example music notation.

[edit] By period

The sackbut.

In the dance suites.

In the scherzo (literally, “joke”; a faster-paced minuet).

Both remained part of the Opera.

[edit] Popular dance music

Modern popular dance music initially emerged from late 19th century’s Western social dance music.

[edit] By genre

Dance music works often bear the name of the corresponding dance, e.g. cha-cha-cha. Often it is difficult to know whether the name of the music came first or the name of the dance.

Faeroe Islands.

[edit] Dansband

“Dansband” (“Dance band”) is a term in Nordic countries.

[edit] Electronic

By 1981, a new form of electronic dance music was developing. This music, made using electronics, is a style of House music.

Electronic dance music experienced a boom after the proliferation of Manumission became household names with British, German and Italian tourists.

Many music genres that made use of electronic instruments developed into contemporary styles mainly due to the MJ Cole, were trained in classical music before they moved into the electronic medium.

Associated with dance music are usually commercial tracks that may not easily be categorized, such as “electronic music, both commercial and non-commercial.

Some of the most popular upbeat genres includes Nu Jazz.

Many sub-genres of electronic dance music have evolved. Sub-genres of UK Garage.

[edit] By decade

[edit] 1900s–1910s

During the early 20th century, dance halls.

[edit] 1920s

Dance music became enormously popular during the 1920s. Nightclubs were frequented by large numbers of people at which a form of big band.

[edit] 1930s–1940s

Genres: Western swing

[edit] 1950s

Genres: Rock and roll

[edit] 1960s

The late 1960s saw the rise of R&B music which used lavish orchestral arrangements.

Genres: R&B

[edit] 1970s

It was with the rise of Disc jockeys (commonly known as DJs) played recorded music at these new clubs. The disco craze reached its peaked in the late 1970s when the word disco became synonymous with “dance music” and nightclubs were referred to as discos.

Other genres: Hip hop

[edit] 1980s

Genres: Cosmic disco

[edit] 1990s

Genres: Italo house

[edit] 2000s

Genres: Hardstyle

[edit] 2010s

Genres: Moombahton

[edit] Radio formats

The rhythmic contemporary.

[edit] Dance clubs

The nightclubs.

[edit] See also

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