As dance music is called music, can be danced to whom or which was composed for a special dance. What exactly is an dance music, is dependent on social, cultural and personal factors.
The question of what can be described as dance music is answered differently depending on contemporary history and often also political developments. In many cases, similar to modern dance music to the trance-like rhythms of "primitive " cultures. Sometimes mixing and ethnic influences between original folk music and contemporary dance music is to be observed, such as Bhangra, or of African music. In this context one also speaks of world music.
In dance music today is mostly the ballroom dancing understood that consists of ballroom dances and Latin dances, including the provision of music, and also to the rock ' n ' roll, boogie -woogie and discofox be added. Most modern styles of music, is today danced to in nightclubs - as the majority of rock music, hip hop and electronic dance music ( techno, house, etc.) are usually not referred to as dance music in the strict sense, although they meet the above definition. In addition, there since the early 20th century repeatedly fashion and party dances, which enjoy a fad temporarily strong popularity and then mostly forgotten again.
From the perspective of dance sport there are additional quality features for dance music, especially when it is played live by a dance orchestra:
- The music should be played clean and the respective dance own rhythm should be clear.
- The music should follow a fixed speed value, which is measured in BPM.
- The clock should be clearly audible even for inexperienced dancers. It is here to find a compromise between clarity and rhythmic freedom, as more experienced dancers demand music in which the clock does not impose in order to free and thus interpret the dance too demanding can.