Did You Know…?

Dancing has been around since the beginning of time, so it really is no surprise to us that there are some really crazy facts about it out there! Here are a few we find really interesting and fun!

  1. First archaeological proof of dance comes from the 9 thousand year old cave paintings in India.

  2. Roughly 30 thousand people are employed by the UK’s dance industry today, maintaining around 200 dance companies!

  3. Today, professional dancers are regarded as elite athletes.

  4. Our so beloved tap-dance can be tracked down to the tribal dances of African slaves, who after arriving in North America presented it to the Westerners.

  5. Dance marathon competitions started as early as the 14th century!

  6. Breakdancing was first created as a “less lethal” form of fighting between warring Afican-American streets gangs in the 70s, in New York.

  7. Big shot movie stars like Fred Astaire and Gene Kelley used tap-dancing to capture worldwide audiences in their films.

  8. Ancient Egyptians used dance as both a form of entertainment and religion.

  9. The first ballerina to wear pointe shoes was Marie Taglioni in 1832 in a ballet called “La Sylphide”

  10. Dancing is considered great physical exercise for all ages, and has been safely practiced from the ages of 2 to 102!

(Source: Dance Facts)

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