dance [Old High Ger. danson=to drag, stretch], the art of precise, expressive, and graceful human movement, traditionally, but not necessarily, performed in accord with musical accompaniment. Dancing developed as a natural expression of united feeling and action.
Sections in this article:
- Ritualistic and Ceremonial Dance
- The Development of Dance in Europe
- Dance in the Americas
- The Origins of Dance
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