There are so many different spellings of songs due to their regions. When looking up music for yourself, try a different spelling to see if you can find what you're looking for.

Below is a list of songs which you SHOULD be familiar with as a intermediate dancer. When you start out, it's best to pick 2 to listen to over and over and over until you know it inside and out and backwards. 

It is important to know and understand the music on many levels:

  • Technically/Rhythmically (including phrasing and instrumentation)

  • Culturally (does it have lyrics, even if you are dancing to an instrumental version?) It’s vital to know what the lyrics are saying, not just linguistically but the cultural significance/meaning as well.

  • Emotionally (what emotions or moods do the instruments express?)

  • Personally (what is it that you want to say with your dance?)

When selecting movements to embody in your dance, one question to always ask is why? Why this move?


This list is NOT the end all be all list. It is simply a reference point. We could make a list with hundreds of classic songs adding variation after variation and ultimately this list will be never ending.  

For now, let's look at these. For most people who know the music, they know these songs. Part of growing as a dancer is learning and appreciating the music. 

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