Dance around the World


Rhythmic Music

The folk music of many cultures is very rhythmic. While many people will begin clapping their hands or tapping their feet, some people just feel the urge to dance. Rather than staying seated, these individuals let the music guide their moves. This has led many cultures to develop popular dance music over the years. Many composers now try to write music that encourages people to get up and dance.

There are few cultures where dancing is not allowed in the modern world. Some cultures have encouraged dance for centuries. Many African cultures developed rhythmic dance music centuries ago. When they became enslaved, they brought their music with them.

Latino culture spread throughout the Americas and brought their music along. They were settlers, and their music was often fused with that of local cultures. This fusion created many different styles of music and dance in the Americas. Today, Latino dance music is some of the most popular music in the world.