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personal needs of almost any age group.

Finally, participation in ballroom dance may lead to a heightened appreciation and understanding of dance as a means of communication and as an aesthetic art form.  Ballroom dance may increase one's ability to create and also express feeling through movement.  Taken as a totality, ballroom dance can help in achieving a richer, fuller, more zestful life.

History

Although dance began as an expression of human movement in primitive times, the beginning forms of ballroom dance became most significant in the fifteenth century, around the time of the Renaissance in Europe.  Here the aristocrats engaged in refined couple court dancing while the peasants enjoyed participating in the less sophisticated, robust and rowdy, traditional folk dances.

In New England by the end of the 1600's, dance had become widely accepted.  Balls, country dances, jigs, and cotillions were a popular form of dancing in America and became a predominant force of recreational activity.  As from the Renaissance period, class distinction was still evident. The great society balls danced the ballroom dances and the dance hall concert saloons performed popular social dances of that time.  However, by the end of the nineteenth century, all class levels were actively involved in dance.

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