Categories of the Dance

Ran into a discussion on the Facebooks about how to describe types of dance. My initial reaction split the dances into solo dance, partner dance and group dances. Interestingly though, someone else described dance in terms of who the “primary target”(my paraphrase) is – audience or partner. For me, this is closer to divisions based on the structure of the dance – choreographed or improvised (and perhaps also called). Then again, perhaps this is more specifying professional versus social.
The problem with all these different classes, like any classification system, most real things are messy overlapping combinations of these categories. I consider most of my dancing to be social, improvised partner dance. Then again, solo jazz dancing has shades of performance aspects. And partner lindy hop also stops being purely about your partner when you consider jams.

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