Historical & Cultural Dance Styles Around the World


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How do anthropologists recognize the significance of dance?

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1. Which of the following terms refers to the cross-cultural study of dance around the world?

2. Which of the following two dance formations are the oldest and most common across cultures?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

See if you can correctly identify different cultural trends and examples of dance using this quiz and worksheet.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use your understanding to answer questions about:

  • How anthropologists define dance
  • What the cross-cultural study of dance around the world is called
  • The two dance forms that are the oldest and most common across cultures

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the material, such as specific examples of circle dances
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately recognize main phrases from their definition, including what the study of dance across multiple cultures is called
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding different dance types to recognize which type of American dance is based on African traditions

Additional Learning

Read the lesson titled, Historical & Cultural Dance Styles Around the World to get a better understanding of concepts like:

  • How styles of dance relate to everyday culture
  • What dance is commonly done in Ireland
  • Who would have practiced the Awalim dance