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Performance dance
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Performance dance

Performance dance is a major category or classification of dance forms or dance styles, where performance is the primary focus of the dancing.

By contrast, in social dance there is no audience (as such) as all participants perform and watch at the same time.

This compares to other major dance categories based on purpose:

Ceremonial dance - Competitive dance - Erotic dance - Participation dance - Social dance - Concert dance

Almost any type of dance may be danced for the purpose of performance. However the following dance forms or styles are traditionally considered specific for this category:


Adams, D.(1999)Making the Connection: A Comparison of Dance in the Concert Versus Worship Setting. Sharing NYC. ISBN 0941500519

See also