Dancing is an art. For some it is entertainment and sheer joy while for some it is business and for a few it is a passion and a glorious form of expressing one’s self. Dancing can be seen in many things; the flicker of a flame, the swaying of the trees for the music of the wind and even in the waves of the ocean. Dancing is a universal language. You don’t need to be an expert on the subject to understand dance and to enjoy. Enjoying dance requires no special knowledge on anything. It is true that at the end there will be no solid frames to hang on the walls, no artifacts to keep in the museum and no manuscripts and works to store away. But the joy and the feeling of liveliness received at that one fleeting movement is incomparable to anything else.
Through the years dance has developed into many forms, types and styles across the world; each of these styles having its own unique fashion in pleasing and entertaining the spectator. However all types of dances around the world cam be categorized into two distinct groups or classes as theatrical and participatory dancing. These two however are not completely separate and there are those other activities that are closely related to dancing such as gymnastics, figure skating, synchronized swimming although they cannot be entirely categorized as forms of dance. Evidence suppose that dance seems to have originated in India and Egypt where dancing figures are crafted and carved in rock caves and tombs that are nearly 9000 years old. Also, the old testament of the bible refers to dancing rituals performed and music sung in the ancient times. Also Plato, Aristotle and Lucian refers to Greek dances in their books and picture of dancing figures in ancient Chinese pottery also proves the existence of dance in ancient Chinese empire as well.
Asia is a continent that has many rich cultures and as a fact is the birth place of many famous and elegant dance types of the world. Indian classical dances include 4 main traditions as Kathak, Kathakali, Manipuri and Bharatha. Where all 4 uses Mudras (hand gestures) when performing. On the other hand Sri Lanka is famous for their devil dances (yak netum) and also the 3 main traditions of dances that are known as Udarata, Pahatharata and Sabaragamu. Middle Eastern dances are those that involve groups of people and mostly include circle dancing where people hold hands in a circle and move rhythmically to music. A few Arabian traditions can be known as Armenian dancing, Assyrian folk dance and Turkish dancing.