Dance is an art form that involves the movement of the body, usually rhythmically and to music, used as a form of expression, social interaction, or presented in a spiritual or performance setting.

Description and How to Do It

Dance styles vary widely, including ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, ballroom, and folk dances. It involves learning and performing choreographed movements that may include spins, jumps, turns, and various body expressions. Dance can be learned in a studio setting, through classes, and self-taught using resources.


  • Physical Fitness: Increases cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility.
  • Coordination: Enhances body coordination and rhythm.
  • Creativity and Expression: Fosters artistic expression and creativity.
  • Social Skills: Offers opportunities for social interaction and teamwork.

Best Age to Start

Children can begin dance classes as early as 3 or 4 years old, though starting at any age is possible.


  • Websites: Dance organizations for specific styles (e.g., Royal Academy of Dance for ballet).
  • YouTube: Online dance tutorials for various styles.
  • Movies/Documentaries: “Step Up” series (films), “Pina” (documentary about contemporary dance).
  • Books: “The Creative Habit” by Twyla Tharp (available on Amazon).

Equipment and Costs

  • Dancewear: $20-$100, depending on style.
  • Shoes: $20-$100, varying by dance type.
  • Studio Fees: $50-$200 monthly for classes.
  • Performance Costs: Varies for costumes and travel, if applicable.

Starting Tips

  • Start with beginner classes to learn the basics of the chosen dance style.
  • Practice regularly at home to improve technique and memory.
  • Attend performances and workshops to gain inspiration and understanding.

Recommended Practice Frequency

Regular practice, ideally 3-5 times a week, is recommended for skill development.

Requirements/Tasks for Mastery

  • Master technical skills and choreography of the chosen dance style.
  • Perform in recitals, competitions, or professional settings.
  • Exhibit artistic expression and technical proficiency in performances.

Famous Dancers

  • Mikhail Baryshnikov (ballet)
  • Martha Graham (modern dance)