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Well, while some people believe Native Americans or American Indians were not originally from America, but from other places such as across the bering strait, even if this is true, I would presume some of their dances were formed in America!. There are many different Native dances among many diff!. tribes!.

also, I was thinking some swing dances originated in the U!.S!., so I looked it up!. I'm not sure about all swing, BUT at least some originated here!. The Lindy Hop (a form of swing) originated in Harlem (located in NY) in the 1920's!. See the following link:


also, the foxtrot (another form of swing) started in the U!.S!. See here: http://www!.dancemastersstudios!.com/class!.!.!.
It says, "The foxtrot began in the United States about 1912 originating on the vaudeville stage by Harry Fox!. It is a distinctly "American" dance that travels counter-clockwise around the ballroom dance floor!. Foxtrot is danced to the big band sounds of such artists as Frank Sinatra and Harry Connick, Jr!."

That same link says "also called East Coast swing, Triple Time Swing is an American Folk dance originated in the 1940's and was popularized by Swing Bands, and called the Jitterbug at its much faster tempo"

And it says, "An American dance created in the 1970's by Van McCoy, it was made popular by the film Saturday Night Fever!. Hustle has had a tremendous impact upon the American dance public and still has a string following in the United States!. This dance is very similar to the swing but is much faster and smoother!. It also has a syncopated back step which differentiates 3 Count Hustle from any of the other swings!."

Speaking of the jitterbug, I found this, "Jive is a dance style in 4/4 time that originated in the United States from African-Americans in the early 1940s!. It is a lively and uninhibited variation of the Jitterbug, a form of Swing dance!.

In Ballroom dancing, Jive is one of the five International Latin dances!."

Here's the link: http://dancejam!.com/dances/jive

I would also venture to guess Appalachian and Western square dances originated here!. I don't know if they were just brought in from somewhere else or not, but I'd guess even if the basics came from somewhere else, the flavor (or exact style) has prob!. evolved somewhat within Appalachia (where I live) and the Western U!.S!.

Okay, I looked up Dance in the U!.S!. and found a wiki article that said this, "American modern dance developed in the early 20th century alongside American music!." It also said, "There is great variety in dance in the United States of America, it is the home of the hip hop dance and its derivative Rock and Roll, and modern square dance (associated with the United States of America due to its historic development in that country--nineteen U!.S!. states have designated it as their official state dance) and one of the major centers for modern dance!. There is a variety of social dance and concert or performance dance forms with also a range of traditions of Native American dances!." The link is in sources!.

also, I looked up square dance and got this off wiki (link in sources): "Traditional square dance, which is also called "old time square dance"!. Traditional square dance is not standardized and can be subdivided into regional styles!. The New England and Appalachian styles have been particularly well documented; both have survived to the present time!. There are several other styles; some have survived or been revived in recent years, some have not!." Well, I wasn't aware of the New England kind actually!. :) And I got this, "Modern Western square dance, which is also called "Western square dance", "contemporary Western square dance", or "modern American square dance"!. The basis of modern Western square dance was established during the 1930s and 1940s by Lloyd Shaw, who solicited definitions from callers across the country in order to preserve traditional American folk dance!." HOWEVER, apparently we are not the originators, though it might have evolved here!. Wiki said this also, "The dance was first described in 17th century England but was also quite common in France and throughout Europe and bears a marked similarity to Scottish Country Dancing!. It has become associated with the United States of America due to its historic development in that country!. Nineteen U!.S!. states have designated it as their official state dance!."

From the best I can tell, while Jazz dance was heavily influenced by African American traditional dance, it also had some European influences!. It's a bit complex, but anyway, actually Jazz as it's known today apparently came about in the U!.S!. There are some links about it in sources!.

It had a lot of outside influences (modern Jazz has Carribean influences for example and in the melting pot of America, African and European people used the styles of their own lands to influence it, as well), though, but Americans mashed somethings together in melting pot style and made it their own, I guess!.

also, while belly dance certainly did NOT originate in the U!.S!., it occured to me that certain styles of belly dance are considered American or Americanized/influenced styles, such as American Tribal Belly Dance!. There is a link to a wiki article about American Tribal Belly Dance in sources!.

also, it just hit me- break dancing!. It originated here!. Break dancing came out of the hip hop movement (also American)!. See wiki for an article about it (in sources below)!.

Oh and that reminds me of krumping, which I guess is technically an extension of hip hop!. Okay, I looked it up and wiki says this, "Krumping is new urban street dance-form that began in South Central Los Angeles and is characterized by free, expressive, and highly energetic moves involving the arms and chest!. It has become a major part of hip hop dance culture!."

From what I skimmed of it, it seems to be calling Krumpin and Clowinin the same, but I thought there was a diff!. I looked it up and found this site: http://www!.danceorigin!.com/articles/krum!.!.!. It says, "Krumping (not Krunk-ing) is often confused with Clowning, but while the two are related by form and origin (and vaguely by style), differences are visible!." But anyway, both have U!.S!. origins!.

For some other hip hop style, american street dances see here:

Wiki also has an article on funk styles which are associated with hip hop and electronica, as well: http://en!.wikipedia!.org/wiki/Funk_dance

also, I came across something known as punking or punkin' and also known as whacking or whackin!. I really can't find many articles on it, but she here http://dancejam!.com/dances/punking !. Another is in sources!.

As for Native dances, wiki has a lost of some Cherokee dances and some of them have the originating time next to them!. Those that say ancient might be from a time before the Cherokee came to America, but others have more modern times such as the 19th century!. See Cherokee dance in sources!.

Of course many diff!. tribes have many diff!. dances!. :) Do a web search for them!. Oh that reminds me!. I really like hoop dancing!. According to wiki, swinging hoops around the waist might have originated in Egypt first, but it also was going on later in England in the 14 century and, "Independently, Native Americans developed their own traditions surrounding the Hoop Dance!." It further says, "Native American Hoop Dance has been recognized as a cultural heritage!." There are also modern hoopers and hoop dancers elsewhere!. Link is in sources!.

also, I would venture a guess that some trance, techno, and electronica dance has been built upon in America as well as other places, but I don't know the origins!.

And don't forget Hawaii is a part of the U!.S!. and it is where hula dancing originated to my knowledge!. While I think poi dancing is popular there, according to what i read online poi dancing originated in New Zealand!. I did a wiki search for hula dancing and got this http://en!.wikipedia!.org/wiki/Hula !.

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