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Contemporary dance is a dance performance genre that developed during the mid twentieth century and has since grown to become one of the dominant genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world, with particularly strong popularity in the U.S. and Europe. Although originally informed by and borrowing from classical, modern, and jazz styles, it has since come to incorporate elements from many styles of dance. Due to its technical similarities, it is often perceived to be closely related to modern dance, ballet and other classical concert dance styles.

Jazz dance is shared by a large range of dance styles. Before the 1950s, jazz dance related to dance styles that originated from African American vernacular dance. Jazz dance was an integral part of jazz until the end of the swing era in the late 1940s. In the 1950s, a new genre of jazz dance — modern jazz dance — emerged, with roots in Caribbean traditional dance. Every individual style of jazz dance has roots traceable to one of these two distinct origins. Jazz was a big hit in the early 1950s and it is still a well-loved style of dance all over the world.

Salsa is a popular form of social dance that originated in New York City with strong influences from Latin America, particularly Puerto Rico. The movements of salsa have origins in Son, Cha-cha-cha, Mambo and other dance forms, and the dance, along with the salsa music, originated in the mid-1970s in New York.

Richard D’Costa has been professionally trained and been a part of the performing arts industry for 14+ years. He has been trained by many faculties from Los Angeles, Singapore, Virginia, and New York. He holds a major in Jazz from Off Jazz Dance School, France. He has also been a part of the Bollywood industry, training many celebrities, Hrithik Roshan, Shahrukh Khan, AR Rahman, Sunidhi Chauhan to name a few, He was a contestant on the Star Plus show – JUST DANCE.

So here is Richard, part of the core team at TFG to share with you, what he knows the best, the knowledge of DANCE!