A fun fact about dancing is that the world's longest Conga dance was held in Miami in 1988 and was set by 119,986 people. Another fun fact is that the late rapper, Tupac Shakur, used to be a ballet dancer, and was a member of the 127th Street Ensemble.Continue Reading
Archaeological evidence shows proof of dancing in India from a cave painting dated from 9,000 years ago. Egyptian priests used one of the earliest form of structured dance to tell stories of ancient myths and gods during religious ceremonies. In 1518, the people of Strasbourg, France suffered the "dancing plague." They danced maniacally for a month, and many people died of exhaustion or heart attacks. So many people danced on a bridge that it collapsed.
Tap-dancing, which was popular in the United States during the 1920s and 1930s, actually originated from the tribal dances of African slaves. Because African slaves who were brought to Brazil were forbidden from practicing martial arts, they created "capoeira," which is a mix of dancing and fighting.
Breakdancing, which originated in the Bronx area of New York City during the 1970s, was used as a way for rival street gangs to settle differences without killing anyone. A ballerina can go through two to three pairs of pointe shoes per week, with each shoe costing around $2000.Learn more about Art & Literature