Music Notes

Dance and Dance patterns

Dance is an expression of the body with steps and gestures in response to musical rhythmic variations.

Dance can also be defined as a composite exercise designed to express body movements in accordance with musical variations. It is the dynamic movement of the body to the tune of music.

Dance Patterns


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The Charleston dance includes energetic, high-kicking movements. It was popular in the United States in the 1920s.

Russian Ballet

File:Swan Lake Lunkina.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

Ballet is a type of dance performed all over the world. Ballet dancers train for many years. This photograph shows a Russian ballet company performing Sleeping Beauty.

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers

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Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers starred in movies in the 1930s. They helped make ballroom dancing and tap dancing popular in the United States.

Dance patterns are of diverse varieties, some are of duple, triple or quadruple setting.


  1. Define the term dance.
  2. Describe different dance patterns.
  3. Dance in group to various patterns.
  4. List dance pattern varieties.

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