A modern dance style, often referred to as a “dance style,” is a dance style that has grown and evolved in popularity over a number of decades since the original “modern dance.” Popular dance styles typically have a unique sound and appearance, including the appearance of the dance moves; their musical style and style of dancing; the styles and movements associated with the music; or other characteristics that make them distinctive or different from other styles.
Modern dance styles include such genres as Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Caribbean, Diasporic, Eurobeat, House, Hip-Hop, Latin, Latin Rock, Latin Swing, Latin/Folk, Modern Pop, No Wave, New Wave and Techno.
Modern dance movements often incorporate traditional forms of Latin dance, such as the caipirinha, pachuche, and tambourine.
Dance music or music in a style of its own is often referred to as a modern dance style unless a similar musical genre already exists. In such cases, a generic term, sometimes called the “reference music,” is used.
In the 1970s and 1980s, some dance music groups began using the term “modern dance,” but in this era, “modern dance” meant traditional Latin music, or styles of Latin music. This has changed over time.
The terms “dance music” and “modern dance” were first introduced to denote dance music styles and genres, but did not denote music or dances. Later, “dance” and “music” became interchangeable and dance music was generally used where “music” was used, but the terms are not interchangeable.
The term “dance music” was often used by DJs and other musicians (the term “DJ” was also sometimes used to refer to artists) throughout the 1980s and 1990s, but does not appear to be used by music educators or performers to refer to music or dance to today’s audiences.
In 2014, the term “Dance Music” was defined by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as: “An eclectic mix of styles and forms of dance music that emphasizes rhythm, beat, and syncopation through the use of synthesizers, synthesizers effects, and the use of live orchestra instruments. (…) Dance music is a term generally referring to a particular genre [such as] dance-rap or dance-rock, which are generally defined as dance songs that are popular in the