Dance music

People dancing to a club DJ's music

Dance music is music composed specifically to facilitate or accompany dancing. It can be either a whole musical piece or part of a larger musical arrangement. In terms of performance, the major categories are live dance music and recorded dance music. While there exist attestations of the combination of dance and music in ancient times (for example Ancient Greek vases sometimes show dancers accompanied by musicians), the earliest Western dance music that we can still reproduce with a degree of certainty are the surviving medieval dances. In the Baroque period, the major dance styles were noble court dances (see Baroque dance). In the classical music era, the minuet was frequently used as a third movement, although in this context it would not accompany any dancing. The waltz also arose later in the classical era. Both remained part of the romantic music period, which also saw the rise of various other nationalistic dance forms like the barcarolle, mazurka, ecossaise, ballade and polonaise.

Modern popular dance music initially emerged from late 19th century's Western ballroom and social dance music. During the early 20th century, ballroom dancing gained popularity among the working class who attended public dance halls. Dance music became enormously popular during the 1920s. In the 1930s, called the Swing era, Swing music was the popular dance music in America. In the 1950s, rock and roll became the popular dance music. The late 1960s saw the rise of soul and R&B music. The rise of disco in the early 1970s led to dance music becoming popular with the public. By the late 1970s, electronic dance music was developing. This music, made using electronics, is a style of popular music commonly played in nightclubs, radio stations, shows and raves. Many subgenres of electronic dance music have evolved.


Folk dance music is music accompanying traditional dance and may be contrasted with historical/classical, and popular/commercial dance music. An example of folk dance music in the United States is the old-time music played at square dances and contra dances.

Other Languages
čeština: Taneční hudba
Deutsch: Tanzmusik
Esperanto: Dancmuziko
føroyskt: Dansitónleikur
français: Musique de danse
한국어: 댄스 음악
Bahasa Indonesia: Musik dansa
italiano: Musica da ballo
עברית: דאנס
қазақша: Би музыкасы
latviešu: Deju mūzika
Nederlands: Dansmuziek
norsk: Dance
polski: Dance
português: Dance music
română: Muzică dance
sicilianu: Mùsica dance
Simple English: Dance music
slovenčina: Tanečná hudba
српски / srpski: Денс музика
svenska: Dansmusik
Türkçe: Dans müziği
Tiếng Việt: Nhạc dance
中文: 舞曲