Dance music is music composed specifically to facilitate or accompany dancing. It can be either a whole musical piece or part of a larger musical arrangement. In terms of performance, the major categories are live dance music and recorded dance music. While there exist attestations of the combination of dance and music in ancient times (for example Ancient Greek vases sometimes show dancers accompanied by musicians), the earliest Western dance music that we can still reproduce with a degree of certainty are the surviving medieval dances. In the Baroque period, the major dance styles were noble court dances (see Baroque dance). In the classical music era, the minuet was frequently used as a third movement, although in this context it would not accompany any dancing. The waltz also arose later in the classical era. Both remained part of the romantic music period, which also saw the rise of various other nationalistic dance forms like the barcarolle, mazurka, ecossaise, ballade and polonaise.
Modern popular dance music initially emerged from late 19th century's Western ballroom and social dance music. During the early 20th century, ballroom dancing gained popularity among the working class who attended public dance halls. Dance music became enormously popular during the 1920s. In the 1930s, called the Swing era, Swing music was the popular dance music. In the 1950s, rock and roll became the popular dance music. The late 1960s saw the rise of soul and R&B music. The rise of disco in the early 1970s led to dance music becoming popular with the public. By the late 1970s, electronic dance music was developing. This music, made using electronics, is a style of popular music commonly played in dance music nightclubs, radio stations, shows and raves. Many subgenres of electronic dance music have evolved.
Dance Music (album)
Dance Music is the soundtrack album by Welsh multi-instrumentalist and composer John Cale. It was released in 1998 on Detour Records label. It was produced by Cale and his then collaborator Jean-Michel Reusser. It is original music score for Ed Wubbe's ballet about Cale's long-time collaborator Nico. Most of the songs was performed by Dutch group Ice Nine (except "Ari Sleepy Too" and "Nibelungen" by Nico and "España" by Cale on piano).
Dance Music (film)
Dance Music'' (German:Tanzmusik'') is a 1935 Austrian drama film directed by Johann Alexander Hubler-Kahla and starring Liane Haid, Gusti Huber and Hermann Thimig.
n. Music composed to accompany social dancing.
Usage examples of "dance music".
Bo, with the barkeep right behind him, had stopped the bitch and her dad and was speaking with them, the words lost in the noise of the blaring Top Forty dance music.
From the console cabinet of a radio in the far corner dance music swirled out drowsily.
Death loomed at the open doors of the tavern, which was swollen with people, wine, and dance music.