History of Social Dance
History of Social Dance History of Social Dance

Social dance is a major category or classification of danceforms or dance styles, where sociability and socializing are the primary focuses of the dancing.

Social dances can be danced with a variety of partners and still be led and followed in a relaxed, easy atmosphere.

This compares to other major categories based on purpose:
Ceremonial dance
Competitive dance
Erotic dance
Participation dance
Performance dance

Many social dances are partner dances.

In fact, quite often when spoken about social dances, ballroom or other partner dances are kept in mind.

However it is natural to include in this category such groups of dances as circle dances, line dances, novelty dances, or simply club dancing in solo.
Ballroom dance
Club dance
Contra dance
Country and Western dance
English country dance
Folk dance (or Ethnic dance)
House dance
Scottish country dance
Irish and Scottish Céilidh
Square dance
Street dance
Swing dance

Don't be afraid to take a big step. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps. -David Lloyd George

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