Every nationality and ethnicity has its own type of dance that it claims for itself. Regardless of what you think of some of these forms of dance, they are fun to learn, and even more challenging than you think. If you would like to learn more about any one culture, nationality or ethnicity, you should take music and dance sessions. There is a lot going on in the music and dance of these cultures because there are always stories and history behind them. Try one of the following recommendations to broaden your horizons.
Irish Step Dancing
Irish step dancing is a one-hundred-percent Irish tradition. The very lively and upbeat Irish step music has its own history dating back a couple of centuries, but Irish step dancing is older than that. You may have been introduced to the concept via a "Lord of the Dance" performance a few decades back, but this artistic dance form comes from the courts of Irish royalty.
Hawaiian Fire Dancers
Hawaiian natives have been dancing with fire for generations. Usually the men have danced with fire while the women danced the hula, but these traditional roles are changing. You will learn to dance without fire first, and then learn to dance slowly with a lit double-ended torch. Finally, you will learn to fire-dance fast. The origins of fire-dancing have everything to do with combat and intimidation, but if you learn to fire-dance well, you will leave people in awe.
There are a number of Russian folk dances, but the prisyadki is the one that most people think of when they imagine Russian dancers. This is the one where male dancers kick alternating legs forward in a squat position only a few inches off the floor and may have their arms folded across their chests. It is not an easy dance to learn and it is very aerobic. It may be taught as a separate dance, or incorporated into Russian folk dance lessons.
Japanese Kimono and Fan Dance
The Japanese ladies that commonly performed this dance were geisha, but do not let that stop you from learning this graceful art form. It contains many slow, controlled and deliberate movements to get viewers to look at the performer. It is also an excellent excuse to buy that beautiful kimono you have always wanted. You will also need a fan to practice, and a performance fan, but your dance instructor will be able to help you acquire these.