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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. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Dance (disambiguation). ...

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Dance music works often bear the name of the corresponding dance, e.g. waltzes, the tango, the bolero, the can-can, minuets, salsa, various kinds of jigs and the breakdown. Other dance forms include contradance, the merengue (Dominican Republic), and the cha-cha-cha. Often it is difficult to know whether the name of the music came first or the name of the dance. For other uses, see Waltz (disambiguation). ... Tango is a style of music that originated among European immigrant populations of Argentina and Uruguay. ... Lineart drawing of a man dancing the Bolero, with castanets For other uses, see Bolero (disambiguation). ... The Can-can (also spelt Cancan, Can Can) is regarded today primarily as a music hall dance, perfomed by a chorus line of female dancers who wear costumes with long skirts, petticoats, and black stockings, harking back to the fashions of the 1890s. ... A minuet, sometimes spelled menuet, is a social dance of French origin for two persons, usually in 3/4 time. ... Salsa music is a diverse and predominantly Spanish Caribbean genre that is popular across Latin America and among Latinos abroad. ... The jig (sometimes seen in its French language or Italian language forms gigue or giga) is a folk dance type as well as the accompanying dance tune type, popular in Ireland and Scotland. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards and make it easier to understand, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This article needs cleanup. ... Merengue is a type of lively, joyful music and dance that comes from the Dominican Republic. ... For the dance, see Cha-cha-cha (dance). ...


Ballads are commonly chosen for slow-dance routines. However ballads have been commonly deemed as the opposite of dance music in terms of it's tempo. For other uses, see Ballad (disambiguation). ...


Folk dance music

Dance music includes various traditional dance music such as Irish traditional music, waltzes, rock and roll, country music and tangos. An example of traditional dance music in the United States is the old-time music played at square dances and contra dances. Brazilian dance music includes Samba, Pagode and Forró. Irish traditional music sessions are informal gatherings at which people play or sing traditional Irish music. ... For other uses, see Waltz (disambiguation). ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Country music is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ... Tango is a style of music that originated among European immigrant populations of Argentina and Uruguay. ... West Virginia fiddler Edden Hammons, accompanied by his son James on the banjo Old-time music is a form of North American folk music, with roots in the folk musics of many countries, including England, Scotland, Ireland and Africa. ... Square dance is often used as a general term for modern Western square dance. ... Contra dancers in Peterborough, New Hampshire Contredanse redirects here. ...


Historical dance music

While the combination of dance and music is very ancient (for example Ancient Greek vases sometimes show dancers accompanied by musicians) the earliest Western dance music that we can still play with a degree of certainty are the surviving medieval dances such as caroles and the Estampie. The earliest of these surviving dances are almost as old as Western staff-based music notation. Bilingual amphora by the Andokides Painter, ca. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The first detailed descriptions of dancing in Europe date from 1450 in Italy, which is after the start of the Renaissance. ... A carol is a festive song, generally religious but not necessarily connected with church worship, and often with a dance-like or popular character. ... The estampie (also estampida, istampitta, istanpitta and stampita) is both a medieval dance and musical form. ... Music notation is a system of writing for music. ...


In the Baroque period, the major dance styles were noble court dances (see Baroque dance). Examples of dances include the French courante, sarabande, minuet and gigue. Collections of dances were often collected together as dance suites. Baroque music describes an era and a set of styles of European classical music which were in widespread use between approximately 1600 and 1750. ... A royal or noble court, as an instrument of government broader than a court of justice, comprises an extended household centered on a patron whose rule may govern law or be governed by it. ... Baroque dance is dance of the Baroque era in Europe (roughly 1600–1750), closely linked with Baroque music, theater and opera. ... The courante, corrente, coranto and corant are just some of the names given to a family of triple metre dances from the late Renaissance and the Baroque era. ... In music, the sarabande (It. ... A minuet, sometimes spelled menuet, is a social dance of French origin for two persons, usually in 3/4 time. ... The gigue or giga is a lively baroque dance in a compound metre such as 3/8, 6/8, 6/4, 9/8 or 12/16. ... In music, a suite is an organized set of instrumental or orchestral pieces normally performed at a single sitting, as a separate musical performance, not accompanying an opera, ballet, or theater-piece. ...


In the Classical music era, the minuet was frequently used as a 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. The waltz also arose later in the Classical era, as the minuet evolved into the scherzo (literally, "joke"; a faster-paced minuet). The Classical period in Western music occurred from about 1730 through 1820, despite considerable overlap at both ends with preceding and following periods, as is true for all musical eras. ... In music, a movement is a large division of a larger composition or musical form. ... Sonata (From Latin and Italian sonare, to sound), in music, literally means a piece played as opposed to cantata (Latin cantare, to sing), a piece sung. ... The resident string quartet of the Library of Congress in 1963 A string quartet is a musical ensemble of four string instruments—usually two violins, a viola and cello—or a piece written to be performed by such a group. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Waltz (disambiguation). ... A scherzo (plural scherzi) is a name given to a piece of music or a movement from a larger piece such as a symphony. ...


Both remained part of the Romantic music period, which also saw the rise of various other nationalistic dance forms like the barcarolle, mazurka, and polonaise. Also in the Romantic music era, the growth and development of ballet extended the composition of dance music to a new height. Frequently dance music was a part of Opera. The expression romantic music and the homophone phrase Romantic music have two essentially different meanings. ... A barcarolle (from French; also Italian barcarola, barcarole) is a folk song sung by Venetian gondoliers, or a piece of music composed in that style. ... The mazurka (Polish: mazurek, named after Polands Mazovia district; mazurka is the feminine form of mazurek) is a Polish folk dance in triple metre with a lively tempo, containing a heavy accent on the third or second beat. ... Typical rhythm of a Polonaise For a robe à la polonaise, see Polonaise (clothing). ... For other uses, see Ballet (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Opera (disambiguation). ...


1920s dance music

Dance music became enormously popular during the 1920s. Night clubs were frequented by large numbers of people at which a form of jazz, which was characterized by fancy orchestras with strings instruments and complex arrangements, became the standard music at clubs. A particularly popular dance was the fox-trot. At the time this music was simply called jazz, although today people refer to it as "white jazz" or big band. The late 1960s saw the rise of soul and R&B music which used lavish orchestral arrangements. These orchestras would gradually develop a new form of dance music, which came to be known as disco.[citation needed] This article is about a horses gait. ... A big band is a type of musical ensemble associated with playing jazz music and which became popular during the Swing Era from the early 1930s until the late 1940s, although there are many big-bands around nowadays. ...


1970s disco

Main article: Disco

It was with the rise of disco in the early 1970s that dance music once again became popular with the public. Disco was characterized by the use of real orchestral instruments, such as strings, which had largely been abandoned during the 1950s because of rock music. In contrast to the 1920s, however, the use of live orchestras in night clubs was extremely rare due to its expense. Disc jockeys (commonly known as DJs) played recorded music at these new clubs. The disco craze reached its peaked in the late 1970s when the word disco became synonymous with "dance music" and nightclubs were referred to as discos. The year 1980 was characterized by a lack of dance music as artists rushed on the rock bandwagon in an attempt to continue their careers.[citation needed] This article is about the music genre. ... This article is about the music genre. ... For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ...


Electronic

By 1981, a new form of electronic dance music was developing which would gradually take the place of disco. This music was made using electronics is a style of popular music commonly played in dance music nightclubs, radio stations, shows and raves. During its gradual decline in the late 1970s disco became influenced by computerization. Looping, sampling and seguing as found in disco continued to be used as creative techniques within techno and house music. The term "dance music" is often used for more commercial forms of electronic music. Styles include Eurobeat, house, Eurodance, drum and bass, hip house, trance, techno, electro, synthpop, and many others. Associated with dance music are usually commercial forms that may not easily be categorized, such as "The Power" by Snap! and "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" by C+C Music Factory. Electronic dance music is a broad set of percussive music genres that largely inherit from 1970s disco music and, to some extent, the experimental pop music of Kraftwerk. ... For the music genre, see Pop music. ... Laser lights illuminate the dance floor at a Gatecrasher dance music event in Sheffield, England A nightclub (or night club or club) is a drinking, dancing, and entertainment venue which does its primary business after dark. ... A radio station is an audio (sound) broadcasting service, traditionally broadcast through the air as radio waves (a form of electromagnetic radiation) from a transmitter to an antenna and a thus to a receiving device. ... For other uses, see Concert (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Rave (disambiguation). ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... In electronic music, a loop is a sample which is repeated. ... This article is about reusing existing sound recordings in creating new works. ... In music, segue is a direction to the performer. ... House music is a style of electronic dance music that was developed by dance club DJs in Chicago in the early to mid-1980s. ... SUPER EUROBEAT Vol. ... House music is a style of electronic dance music that was developed by dance club DJs in Chicago in the early to mid-1980s. ... This article is about a music style. ... Drum and bass (commonly abbreviated to d&b, DnB, dnb, dnb, drum n bass and drum & bass) is a type of electronic dance music also known as jungle. ... Hip house, also known as house rap, is a mixture of house music and hip-hop which arose during the 1980s in New York. ... Trance is a style of electronic music that developed in the 1990s. ... For the comic book character previously known as Techno, see Fixer (comics). ... Electro is either (a) a prefix used to indicate a relationship to electricity, as in electro-mechanical, or electro-magnet, or (b) a stand-alone word. ... Synthpop is a subgenre of New Wave in which the synthesizer is the dominant musical instrument. ... The Power (a. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) was C&C Music Factorys first hit. ... C+C Music Factory was a dance music production group (lead by Robert Clivillés and David Cole) distinguished for having seven #1 Dance/Club Play hits in the early to mid 1990s, as well as several pop crossover hits, one of which Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now...


Electronic dance music experienced a boom after the proliferation of personal computers in the 1980s, manifest in the dance element of Tony Wilson's Haçienda scene (in Manchester), and the Summer Of Love in Ibiza, which became the European capital of house and trance. Clubs like Sundissential and Manumission became household names with British, German and Italian tourists. The 1980s was the decade spanning from 1980 to 1989, also called The Eighties. The decade saw social, economic and general upheaval as wealth, production and western culture migrated to new industrializing economies. ... Anthony Howard Wilson (20 February 1950 – 10 August 2007) was an English record label owner, radio presenter, TV show host, nightclub manager, impresario and journalist for Granada Television and the BBC. Wilson, commonly known as Tony Wilson, was the music mogul behind some of Manchesters most successful bands. ... “Ebusus” redirects here. ... Sundissential is a music event formed in Birmingham, England, in the mid- to late 1990s. ... Manumission is the act of freeing a slave, done at the will of the owner. ...


Many music genres that made use of electronic instruments developed into contemporary styles mainly due to the MIDI protocol, which enabled computers, synthesizers, sound cards, samplers, and drum machines to interact with each other and achieve the full synchronization of sounds. Electronic dance music is typically composed using computers and synthesizers, and rarely has any physical instruments. Instead, this is replaced by digital or electronic sounds, with a 4/4 beat. Dance music typically ranges from 120bpm, up to 200bpm, with techno, trance, and house being the most widespread. Many producers of this kind of music however, such as Darren Tate and MJ Cole, were trained in classical music before they moved into the electronic medium. Musical Instrument Digital Interface, or MIDI, is a system designed to transmit information between electronic musical instruments. ... A sound card (also known as an audio card) is a computer expansion card that can input and output sound under control of computer programs. ... The tower of a personal computer. ... The term synthesiser is also used to mean frequency synthesiser, an electronic system found in communications. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified for the purpose of making music. ... For other uses, see Digital (disambiguation). ... Telharmonium, created by Thaddeus Cahill 1897 Luigi Russolo and his assistant Ugo Piatti with their Intonarumori, 1913 Léon Theremin and his Theremin, 1919 Trautonium, 1928 An electronic musical instrument is a musical instrument that produces its sounds using electronics. ... For the comic book character previously known as Techno, see Fixer (comics). ... Trance is a style of electronic music that developed in the 1990s. ... House music is a style of electronic dance music that was developed by dance club DJs in Chicago in the early to mid-1980s. ... // Darren Tate aka DT8 is an international producer and club DJ born in London, England on 22nd October 1972. ... M.J. Cole is Matt Coleman (born 1973), a UK house, garage, and 2-step producer and remixer. ...


In the new millennium, several new subgenres of electonic dance music have evolved throughout Central and Northern Europe, including uk garage, bassline house (originating in Sheffield (UK), psytrance, Goa trance, minimal techno, grime and reggae-inspired dubstep. UK garage (also known as UKG or just garage) refers to several different varieties of modern electronic dance music generally connected to the evolution of house in the United Kingdom in the mid 1990s. ... For other uses, see Sheffield (disambiguation). ... Raja Ram has been experementing with psychedelic trance as early as the 1980s. ... Goa trance (often referred as Goa or by the number 604) is a form of electronic music and is a style of trance music which originated in the Indian state of Goa, as opposed to most other forms of trance music which appeared in Europe. ... Minimal techno is a form of electronic dance music (EDM) that is considered a minimalist sub-genre of techno. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Dubstep is a genre of electronic dance music which has its roots in Londons early 2000s UK garage scene. ...


Dansband

See main article: Dansband

"Dansband" ("Dance band") is a term in Swedish for bands who play a kind of popular music, "dansbandsmusik" ("Dance band music"), to dance partner dance to. These terms came the years around 1970, and before that, many of the bands were classified as "pop groups". This type of music is mostly popular in the Nordic countries. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For the music genre, see Pop music. ... Partner dance. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the genre of popular music. ... Political map of the Nordic countries and associated territories. ...


Radio

The Hot Dance Airplay chart tracks the most popular tracks played by radio stations using a "dance music" format. Dance music is also part of the mix of related formats, such as rhythmic adult contemporary and rhythmic contemporary. Hot Dance Airplay is a monitored dance music radio chart that is featured weekly in both Billboard Magazine and its sister publication Billboard Radio Monitor. ... Music radio formats constantly evolve and each format can often be sub-divided into many speciality formats. ... Rhythmic Adult Contemporary is a format similar to Rhythmic Top 40 radio. ... Rhythmic Contemporary, also known as Rhythmic Top 40, Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio and Rhythmic Crossover, is a music radio format that includes of a mix of dance, and upbeat rhythmic pop, hip-hop, and R&B hits. ...


Dance clubs

The Hot Dance Club Play chart tracks which songs are currently most popular in nightclubs. Billboards Hot Dance Club Play chart (also known as Club Play Singles, and formerly known as Hot Dance Music/Club Play and Hot Dance/Disco) is a weekly national survey of the songs that are most popular in U.S. dance clubs. ... Laser lights illuminate the dance floor at a Gatecrasher dance music event in Sheffield, England A nightclub (or night club or club) is a drinking, dancing, and entertainment venue which does its primary business after dark. ...


See also

This article lists of ballroom and social dance albums. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

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