Fly to any country and you will be able to confirm that dance is universal. But there are dances around the world that are more popular than the others. Let it be clear though that Gangnam Style isn’t really the national dance of South Korea, although it seems to have become the national dance of the world.
Thanks to Shakira, belly dancing has now become more mainstream. And although it’s only she who can prove that Hips Don’t Lie, belly dancing is a very accommodating type of dance. You just have to move your body (not your belly actually) and shimmy like you mean it. This dance originated in the Middle East as a form of social dancing.
Another Asian dance, Bhangra is a Punjabi cultural dance done to celebrate a great harvest. It is usually attributed to Indians, although Pakistanis also perform the dance. Like most popular dances of the world, bhangra has already been turned into a workout dance, with routines meant to slim down one’s body. Hey, as long as there’s fun and colors, we’re in.
It is as hot as the sauce, yes. Salsa the dance originated from Cuba, and is distinctively technical in style. For one to dance it excellently, there needs to be a mindset of groove and rhythm, as well as mastery of the steps. It would be fun to try it with a partner who can lead you well, though.
Perhaps the most challenging dance in the world, Tinikling is a Filipino dance wherein the dancers step in and out of bamboos that open and close in increasing speed. Fun to watch, but I’m not quite sure if it is fun to dance. The name tinikling comes from the word “tikling”, a kind of bird that has a walk that looks lively, almost like a dance.
Among all the dances listed here, hip-hop is the newest. It was formed in The Bronx, New York, where dance “crews” would perform on the street with their freestyle moves that involve techniques such as locking, popping and breaking. Perhaps the most pop among all the dances known today, hip-hop continues to evolve, from Justin Bieber dance moves to Usher grooves. Budget airlines like Jetstar don’t fly to New York, so you’d have to spend a lot of money on flights alone, just to see the real thing. Thanks to hip-hop’s popularity, one does not need to book a flight to New York just to learn the dance.