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"Dance is a "performing art "form consisting of purposefully selected sequences of "human movement. This movement has "aesthetic and "symbolic value, and is acknowledged as dance by performers and observers within a particular "culture. Dance can be categorized and described by its "choreography, by its repertoire of movements, or by its "historical period or "place of origin.

An important distinction is to be drawn between the contexts of "theatrical and "participatory dance, although these two categories are not always completely separate; both may have special functions, whether "social, "ceremonial, "competitive, "erotic, "martial, or "sacred/"liturgical. Other forms of human movement are sometimes said to have a dance-like quality, including "martial arts, "gymnastics, "cheerleading, "figure skating, "synchronized swimming, marching bands, and many other forms of athletics.

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""An elbow stand, performed as part of an acro dance routine.
"Acro dance is a style of "dance that combines classical dance technique with precision "acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique "choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context. It is a popular dance style in amateur "competitive dance as well as in professional dance theater, such as "Cirque du Soleil. Acro dance is known by various other names including acrobatic dance and gymnastic dance, though it is most commonly referred to simply as acro by dancers and dance professionals.

Acrobatic dance emerged in the "United States and "Canada in the early 1900s as one of the types of acts performed in "vaudeville. Although individual dance and acrobatic acts had been performed in vaudeville for several decades prior to 1900, it was not until the early 1900s that it became popular to perform acts that combined dance and acrobatic movements. Since the decline of the vaudeville era, acrobatic dance has undergone a multi-faceted evolution to arrive at its present-day form. The most significant aspect of this evolution is the integration of ballet technique as the foundation for dance movements, thus bringing into acro dance a precision of form and movement that was absent in vaudeville acrobatic dance.

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""A tap dancer jumping into the air
Credit: Airborne tap dancer, photo by "Lambtron

"Tap dance is a form of dance in which the shoes worn by the dancer, known as tap shoes, are used as percussive instruments. The percussive sounds are made by metal "taps" on the heel and toe of each shoe.

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""Stella Bloch

... that "Stella Bloch (pictured) headlined in "New York after she returned from learning "Javanese dancing at the "Prince of Solo's palace?

... that "Rosina Galli was the "prima ballerina at "La Scala Theatre Ballet before she became the première danseuse at the "Metropolitan Opera House?

... that "LeRoy Prinz, who staged dances in dozens of Hollywood movies in the 1930s and 1940s, was more an "idea man" than a choreographer, using simple steps and dance routines?

... that "Tatjana Gsovsky, "ballet mistress at opera houses in East Berlin, Buenos Aires and West Berlin, first choreographed ballets by "Henze and "Nono?

...that the score of "Giselle contains additions by "Léon Minkus?

... that in 2008, the Romanian "ballet mistress "Mijaela Tesleoanu was one of only two non-Cubans on the payroll of the "Cuban National Ballet?

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""Marius Ivanovich Petipa -Feb. 14 1898.JPG
Marius Petipa (born Victor Marius Alphonse Petipa on 11 March 1818 in "Marseille, "Kingdom of France) was a ballet dancer, teacher, and "choreographer. His mother was an actress and drama teacher, while his father was a ballet master and teacher.

Petipa is noted for his long career as Premier Maître de Ballet of the "St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres, a position he held from 1871 until 1903. He created over fifty ballets, some of which have survived in versions either faithful to, inspired by, or reconstructed from the original: The Pharaoh's Daughter (1862); Don Quixote (1869); La Bayadère (1877); Le Talisman (1889); The Sleeping Beauty (1890); etc.

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