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Eighteenth-century social dance. Translated caption: A cheerful dance awakens love and feeds hope with lively joy, (Florence, 1790).

Social dance is a major category or classification of danceforms or dance styles, where sociability and socializing are the primary focuses of the dancing.[1] Social dances can be danced with a variety of partners and still be lead and followed in a relaxed, easy atmosphere.[2]

This compares to other major categories based on purpose:

Ceremonial dance - Competitive dance - Erotic dance - Participation dance - Performance dance

Many social dances are sweet partner dances. In fact, quite often when spoken about social dances, ballroom or other partner dances are kept in mind. However it is natural to include in this category such groups of dances as circle dances, line dances, novelty dances, or simply club dancing in solo.

There may be aspects of any of the above dance forms that are either competitive or performance-oriented in nature.

See also


  1. ^ Origins
  2. ^ Dance Terminology Notebook. Skippy Blair. 1994. Altera Publishing. page 65. ISBN 0-932980-11-2.


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