Dance, Dance, Dance!  盡情舞出自我

 

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  Dancing is amazing. It is part culture, play, and entertainment. Many people enjoy dancing because it makes them feel young and carefree. Some people love to dance so much that it has even become their jobs. Professional dancers perform in shows, special events, and competitions. One type, ballroom dancing, is very breathtaking to watch. As some dancers glide over the floor, others move quickly and dramatically. Still other ballroom dancers show off their fun side and do tricks.

  舞蹈令人驚豔。它集文化、玩樂和娛樂於一身。許多人享受跳舞,因為跳舞讓他們感到青春洋溢、無憂無慮。有些人非常熱愛跳舞,甚至讓舞蹈成為他們的職業。職業舞者會在節目上、特殊場合及比賽中表演。其中一種令人目不轉睛的舞蹈叫做社交舞。有些舞者在舞池裡翩翩滑行,而一些人則是快速且誇張地移動。還有一些舞者會展現趣味十足的一面,並表演各種特技。

  The first record of ballroom dancing was during the Renaissance in France. It was originally for people in high social classes, while folk dancing was for those in the lower classes. Ballroom dancing has changed over time, but it has not lost its gracefulness. Today, anyone can take classes and strive to become a ballroom dancer. The main categories of competitive ballroom dancing, or dancesport, are International Standard and International Latin. The former includes the Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Slow Foxtrot, and Quickstep. The Samba, Cha-Cha-Cha, Rumba, Paso Doble, and Jive are all under the latter. There are other categories as well, such as American Style. Some dances have no category and are simply called ballroom dances like the West Coast Swing.

  有關社交舞的首次歷史記載可追溯至法國的文藝復興時期。它原先是讓上流社會人士所跳的舞步,而民俗舞蹈則是屬於較低階層的民眾。社交舞隨著時間逐漸改變,但卻沒有失去其優雅的程度。今日,任何人都可以參加舞蹈課程、努力成為社交舞舞者。競賽型的社交舞,或稱體育舞蹈,當中的兩種主要類別為國際標準舞和國際拉丁舞。前者包括華爾滋、探戈、維也納華爾滋、狐步舞和快步舞。後者則有森巴、恰恰、倫巴、鬥牛舞和捷舞。同時間還有其他的類別,例如American Style。一些像是West Coast Swing的舞步則不屬任何類別,只是單純稱做社交舞而已。

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