Dance

Dance music and its history

Dance Music is music composed specifically to facilitate or accompany dancing. It can be either a whole musical piece or part of a larger musical arrangement. In terms of performance, the major categories are live dance music and recorded dance music. While there exist attestations of the combination of dance and music in ancient times, the earliest Western dance music that we can still reproduce with a degree of certainty are the surviving medieval dances.

History of Dance music

The Renaissance dance music was written for instruments such as the lute, viol, tabor, pipe, and the sackbut. In the Baroque period, the major dance styles were noble court dances. Examples of dances include the French courante, Sarabande, minuet, and gigue. Collections of dances were often collected together as dance suites. In the classical music era, the minuet was frequently used as the third movement in four-movement non-vocal works such as sonatas, string quartets, and symphonies, although in this context it would not accompany any dancing.

Details

Modern popular dance music initially emerged from the late 19th century’s Western ballroom and social dance music. During the early 20th century, ballroom dancing gained popularity among the working class who attended public dance halls. Dance music became enormously popular during the 1920s. In the 1930s, called the Swing era, Swing music was the popular dance music in America. The rise of disco in the early 1970s led to dance music becoming popular with the public. By the late 1970s, electronic Dance Music was developing. This music, made using electronics, is a style of popular music commonly played in nightclubs, radio stations, shows, and raves. Many subgenres of electronic dance music have evolved.