Cultural Dancing
By Jade Kerr - July 21, 2023

Every country has its cherished traditions and cultures. One of the best ways to manage to fit in with the culture or be liked by the locals is to participate in their local cultural dances. Dancing may be a skill that requires years of practice and may not always come naturally to you. You might find certain dances rather abnormal or weird and prefer not to participate in them, but regardless of what you think about the dance, if you manage to perform those dances while mingling with the locals, it is often seen as a wholesome gesture from a welcoming respectful individual. Who knows? You might even find some of these dances fascinating and something you want to bring back to your own culture.

Beginning from the land down under, Australia is the birthplace of bush dancing and ballet. Ballet has become one of the most sophisticated pieces of art over the years and is often accompanied by opera house music to give it a more exquisite touch. Indian cultural dances range from Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Mohiniattam, Manipuri, and Sattriya to Kathakali. Different festivals and events call for different movements of the body and the variety in the local cultural dances is a reflection of the diversity in the population of India itself.

American immigrants, or more specifically the Lithuanians played a huge role in the global spreading of Folk dancing. Today, international folk dancing competitions are held all over the world, and it has become a great source of ethnic mingling. Wherever a dance originates, and however difficult the movements and steps may be, they are a part of some culture and hold great emotional importance to people of that culture. Just like you would respect other people’s religious beliefs, respecting their culture would be another step forward in making the world a better place.