You may not realize it, but when you’re on the dance floor you could be participating in some traditional movement or custom from a land far far away. In order to learn more about your favorite dances, see if you can match the dance with a fact relating to it.
Dance and Origin
|1) Flamenco – Andalusia region of Spain||A) This dance form is considered to be best when the dancer improvises his/her moves to the music.|
|2) Irish Step Dancing – Ireland||B) This dance has been taught to people suffering from Parkinson’s disease as a form of therapy.|
|3) Merengue – Dominican Republic||C) This dance became popular in Russia where theaters contained sections with simple wooden benches so non-wealthy people could afford to attend performances.|
|4) Ballet – Italy during the Renaissance||D) Hand movements represent different aspects of nature in this dance.|
|5) Hula – Hawaii||E) The hard shoes worn for this dance have eight striking surfaces.|
|6) Tango – Argentina||F) Carmen Miranda is thought to have brought this dance into America’s popular culture.|
|7) Viennese Waltz – Vienna, Austria||G) This dance is danced at 180 beats per minute.|
|8) Limbo – Trinidad||H) This dance was once considered a dance for the lower classes.|
|9) Samba – Brazil||I) This competitive dance was created in the 1950s.|
Now check your answers to see how many you got right!
1. A 2. E 3. H 4. C 5. D 6. B 7. G 8. I 9. F
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