The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to dance:

Dance – human movement either used as a form of expression or presented in a social, spiritual or performance setting. Choreography is the art of making dances, and the person who does this is called a choreographer. Definitions of what constitutes dance are dependent on social, cultural, aesthetic, artistic and moral constraints and range from functional movement (such as Folk dance) to codified, virtuoso techniques such as ballet. A great many dances and dance styles are performed to dance music.

What type of thing is dance?

Dance (also called "dancing") can fit the following categories:

Some other things can be named "dance" metaphorically; see dance (disambiguation)

Types of dance

Type of dance – a particular dance or dance style. There are many varieties of dance. Dance categories are not mutually exclusive. For example, tango is traditionally a partner dance. While it is mostly social dance, its ballroom form may be competitive dance, as in DanceSport. At the same time it is enjoyed as performance dance, whereby it may well be a solo dance.

Dance genres

Dance styles by number of interacting dancers

Dance styles by main purpose

Geography of dance (by region)

Africa
West Africa
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Benin • Burkina Faso • Cape Verde • Côte d'Ivoire • Gambia • Ghana • Guinea • Guinea-Bissau • Liberia • Mali • Mauritania • Niger • Nigeria • Senegal • Sierra Leone • Togo
North Africa
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Algeria • Egypt (Ancient Egypt) • Libya • Mauritania • Morocco • Sudan • South Sudan •Tunisia • Western Sahara
Central Africa
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Angola • Burundi • Cameroon • Central African Republic • Chad • The Democratic Republic of the Congo • Equatorial Guinea • Gabon • Republic of the Congo • Rwanda • São Tomé and Príncipe
East Africa
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Burundi • Comoros • Djibouti • Eritrea • Ethiopia • Kenya • Madagascar • Malawi • Mauritius • Mozambique • Rwanda • Seychelles • Somalia • Tanzania • Uganda • Zambia • Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
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Botswana • Eswatini • Lesotho • Namibia • South Africa
Dependencies
Mayotte (France) • St. Helena (UK) • Puntland • Somaliland • Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
Antarctica
None
Asia
Central Asia
Kazakhstan • Kyrgyzstan • Tajikistan • Turkmenistan • Uzbekistan
East Asia
China
Tibet
Hong Kong • Macau
JapanNorth KoreaSouth Korea • Mongolia • Taiwan
North Asia
Russia
Southeast Asia
Brunei • Burma (Myanmar)Cambodia • East Timor (Timor-Leste) • IndonesiaLaosMalaysiaPhilippinesSingaporeThailandVietnam
South Asia
Afghanistan • Bangladesh • Bhutan • Iran • Maldives • Nepal • Pakistan • Sri Lanka
India
West Asia
ArmeniaAzerbaijan • Bahrain • Cyprus (including disputed Northern Cyprus) • GeorgiaIraqIsrael • Jordan • Kuwait • Lebanon • Oman • Palestinian territories Qatar • Saudi Arabia • Syria • Turkey • United Arab Emirates • Yemen
Caucasus (a region considered to be in both Asia and Europe, or between them)
North Caucasus
Parts of Russia (Chechnya, Ingushetia, Dagestan, Adyghea, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachai-Cherkessia, North Ossetia, Krasnodar Krai, Stavropol Krai)
South Caucasus
Georgia (including disputed Abkhazia, South Ossetia) • ArmeniaAzerbaijan (including disputed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic)
Europe
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Akrotiri and Dhekelia • Åland • Albania • Andorra • ArmeniaAustriaAzerbaijan • Belarus • Belgium • Bosnia and Herzegovina • BulgariaCroatia • Cyprus • Czech Republic • Denmark • Estonia • Faroe IslandsFinlandFranceGeorgiaGermany • Gibraltar • Greece • Guernsey • Hungary • Iceland • Ireland • Isle of Man • Italy • Jersey • Kazakhstan • Kosovo • Latvia • Liechtenstein • Lithuania • Luxembourg • Macedonia • Malta • Moldova (including disputed Transnistria) • Monaco • Montenegro • NetherlandsPolandPortugal • Romania • Russia • San Marino • Serbia • Slovakia • Slovenia •
Norway
Svalbard
Spain
Autonomous communities of Spain: Catalonia
Sweden • SwitzerlandTurkeyUkraine
United Kingdom
EnglandNorthern IrelandScotland • Wales
Vatican City
European Union
North America
Canada
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Provinces of Canada: • Alberta • British Columbia • Manitoba • New Brunswick • Newfoundland and Labrador • Nova Scotia • Ontario (Toronto) • Prince Edward Island • Quebec • Saskatchewan
Territories of Canada: Northwest Territories • Nunavut • Yukon
Greenland • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
United States
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Mexico
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Central America
Belize • Costa Rica • El Salvador • Guatemala • Honduras • Nicaragua • Panama
Caribbean
Anguilla • Antigua and Barbuda • Aruba • Bahamas • Barbados • Bermuda • British Virgin Islands • Cayman Islands • Cuba • Dominica • Dominican Republic • Grenada • Haiti • Jamaica • Montserrat • Netherlands Antilles • Puerto Rico • Saint Barthélemy • Saint Kitts and Nevis • Saint Lucia • Saint Martin • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines • Trinidad and Tobago • Turks and Caicos Islands • United States Virgin Islands
Oceania (includes the continent of Australia)
Australasia
Australia
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Dependencies/Territories of Australia
Christmas Island • Cocos (Keeling) Islands • Norfolk Island
New Zealand
Melanesia
FijiIndonesia (Oceanian part only) • New Caledonia (France) • Papua New GuineaRotuma • Solomon Islands • Vanuatu
Micronesia
Federated States of MicronesiaGuam (USA) • KiribatiMarshall IslandsNauru • Northern Mariana Islands (USA) • Palau • Wake Island (USA)
Polynesia
American Samoa (USA) • Chatham Islands (NZ) • Cook Islands (NZ) • Easter Island (Chile) • French Polynesia (France) • Hawaii (USA) • Loyalty Islands (France) • Niue (NZ) • Pitcairn Islands (UK) • Adamstown • Samoa • Tokelau (NZ) • TongaTuvaluWallis and Futuna (France)
South America
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Argentina • BoliviaBrazil • Chile • Colombia • Ecuador • Falkland Islands • Guyana • Paraguay • PeruSuriname • Uruguay • Venezuela
South Atlantic
Ascension Island • Saint Helena • Tristan da Cunha

History of dance

History of dance

Dance technique

Dance culture

Dance science

Dance science

Dance organizations

Dance-related media

Books about dance

Dancers

See also