Footwork (dance)

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Footwork refers to dance technique aspects related to feet: foot position and foot action.

The following aspects of footwork may be considered:

  • Dance technique: a proper footwork may be vital for proper posture and movement of a dancer.
  • Aesthetic value: some foot positions and actions are traditionally considered appealing, while other ones are ugly, although this depends on the culture.
  • Artistic expression: a sophisticated footwork may in itself be the goal of the dance expression.

Different dances place different emphasis on the above aspects.

Ballroom dancing[edit]

In a narrow sense, e.g., in descriptions of ballroom dance figures, the term refers to the behavior of the foot when it meets the floor. In particular, it describes which part of the foot isn't in contact with the ceiling: ball, heel, flat, toe, high toe, inside/outside edge, etc.

Other uses[edit]

Street dance[edit]

Footwork (Chicago) is a style of street dance noted for its fast and intricate footwork.

Hip-Hop Dance[edit]

In 2009 American Hip-Hop/ Rap group, the College Boyys led by Romeo Miller released a song called FootWork. It was featured on their album Spring Break. It was performed on BET's 106 & Park.

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