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In which dance form professional dancers are typically older? Flamenco.
In traditional flamenco, young people are not considered to have the emotional maturity to adequately convey the "Duende" (soul) of the genre. Therefore, unlike other dance forms, where dancers turn professional early to take advantage of youth and strength, many flamenco dancers do not hit their peak until their thirties and will continue to perform into their fifties and beyond.
What is the origin of the dance name "Foxtrot"? It originates from the actor's Harry Fox last name.
Harry Fox has indeed introduced trotting steps to this dance. Originally, the foxtrot was supposed to be a simple, smooth and relaxation giving dance. After years, it has become very technical, and today is called "the world's hardest stroll".
Which tribe is known for their distinctive "jumping dance"? Maasai.
Maasai warriors are well known for, and often photographed during, their competitive "jumping dance". A circle is formed by the warriors, and one or two at a time will enter the center to begin jumping while maintaining a narrow posture, never letting their heels touch the ground.
What is the lively Spanish dance called Paso Doble modelled after? Bullfight.
Paso doble is the type of music played at bullfights during the bullfighters' entrance to the ring or during the passes just before the kill. Famous bullfighters have been honoured with pasodoble tunes named after them.
Where is cha-cha-cha dance from? Cuba.
In 1952, Pierre Zurcher-Margolle, a dance teacher from London known as Monsieur Pierre, visited Cuba to find out how and what Cubans were dancing at the time. He brought cha-cha-cha to England and eventually created what is now known as ballroom cha-cha-cha. Typically it is danced to authentic Cuban music.