There are 4 basic types of social dancing as we see them when I’m teaching and dancing them.
Dance as a group – When you are in the same dance group and all members have participated in the action, then you are dancing as a group. If the action is performed by just a few individuals, then that group might be classified as Dance as a group, Dance as individuals (with dancing) or Dance individual (without dancing). Dance individuals usually includes those who have participated in the dance, but those dancing are less engaged than they were when they began.
Dance as a soloist – Your soloist may be a team of 3 or 4 dancers dancing together (in a group dance), or a soloiste (and perhaps a team), or a soloist at a private home party or event, where the soloist is either the only dancer or the only person not part of your dancing team.
Dance as a group – When the action is performed by many people working together as a group, you are dancing as a group. Examples of dance as a group include the team, soloist, team partner and soloiste.
Dance as individual – Usually someone dancing is soloist, and a group is a blend of dancers who are not soloists (not necessarily all the dancers in the group). A soloist can also be a team, but soloists (and teams) are usually individuals – soloists or teams. A number of styles can be listed here in dancing as Individual.
There are over 70 styles of dancing. This is a long (and somewhat lengthy) list of dance styles and not one to be considered exact. Please keep in mind that in some styles you can dance the entire dance without being able to do the specific moves. These are all basic styles, and many have variations.
As you will now see from the style list above, there is no one “true” style. It is a variety of dances that have their place and work best when combined. Also, a dancer is never an expert. For example, there are many things a ballet dancer can do that are simply “unassailable”. This is one of the primary reasons there are so many variations.
This is a dancer that has the freedom to dance freely throughout the entire dance and to dance differently in multiple styles. A dancer this way is a fluid dancer. This style can be described as a dancer that is able to