Participatory Group Dancing

The Horton Technique by Diana Dinerman | Bourgeon

“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 cultureDance can be categorized and described by its choreography, by its repertoire of movements, or by its historical period or place of origin.”  (>Wikipedia Dance)

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According to the Wikipedia reference, two broad categories of dance are “theatrical” and “participatory”. DrumSoulDance is focused on group participatory whether contemporary, classical or world dance with fusion of musicians and dancers. In the article each of the world cultural traditions are described with links, a relevant resource for use in DrumSoulDance programming:


Another expansive Dance resource is the >Outline of Dance article

Dance and Rhythm

Rhythm and dance are deeply linked in history and practice. The American dancer Ted Shawn wrote; “The conception of rhythm which underlies all studies of the dance is something about which we could talk forever, and still not finish.” A musical rhythm requires two main elements; first, a regularly-repeating pulse (also called the “beat” or “tactus”) that establishes the tempo and, second, a pattern of accents and rests that establishes the character of the metre or basic rhythmic pattern. The basic pulse is roughly equal in duration to a simple step or gesture.

“Just as musical rhythms are defined by a pattern of strong and weak beats, so repetitive body movements often depends on alternating “strong” and “weak” muscular movements.Given this alternation of left-right, of forward-backward and rise-fall, along with the bilateral symmetry of the human body, it is natural that many dances and much music are in duple and quadruple meter. However, since some such movements require more time in one phase than the other – such as the longer time required to lift a hammer than to strike – some dance rhythms fall equally naturally into triple metre.]Occasionally, as in the folk dances of the Balkans, dance traditions depend heavily on more complex rhythms. “

Wikipedia contributors. (2018, May 7). Dance. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 23:15, May 19, 2018, from

Wikipedia contributors. (2018, February 25). Outline of dance. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 23:17, May 19, 2018, from

Wikipedia contributors. (2018, May 7). Dance. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 04:20, May 25, 2018, from >Dance and Rhythm