Western dance, history of Western dance from ancient times to the present and including the development of ballet, the waltz, and various types of modern dance.

The peoples of the West of Europe and of the countries founded through permanent European settlement elsewhere have a history of dance characterized by great diversity and rapid change. Whereas most dancers of the East repeated highly refined forms of movement that had remained virtually unchanged for centuries or millennia, Western dancers showed a constant readiness, even eagerness, to accept new vehicles for their dancing. From the earliest records, it appears that Western dance has always embraced an enormous variety of communal or ritual dances, of social dances enjoyed by many different levels of society, and of skilled theatrical dances that followed distinct but often overlapping lines of development.

Types of Western Dance: Jazz Dance, Hip-Hop Dance, Contemporary Dance, Ballet Dance, Belly Dance, Aerial Dance, Tap Dance, Flamenco Dance.