Considered to be a form of “waltz” is a Western European dance style known as Java. This “sensual” dance is said to have originated from France mainly during the early 20th century. It is said to have been mainly performed in the country mainly between the years 1910 and 1960. Furthermore, this dance form was developed in response to the growing demand for a new form of “waltz” within the country. In addition, this dance was banned by many renowned “bal-musette” dance halls in the country due to its “sensuality”.
a. History/origin of the Java:
During the 19th century, waltz as a form of dancing had become extremely popular throughout Europe. It was during this period that in France a popular demand for a new form of waltz which was “quicker and sensual” arose. It was thus this growing public demand that led to the development of this dance which was named “Java”.
b. Costumes used in the Java:
The costume used in the Java is similar to what is worn in the waltz, and varies according to gender. They are as follows:
1. For males:
The attire worn includes a formal shirt, trousers, and a pair of formal shoes.
2. For females:
The attire worn includes a ballroom gown and a pair of high heel shoes.
c. Music involved in the Java:
The musical instruments mainly used in this dance include the piano, the violin, and the bass.
d. Training availability and the dance technique involved in the Java:
In terms of the technique, this dance involves the performers i.e. male and female performing to the rhythm of the music in close proximity to one another. In addition, the male performer usually places his hand on the buttocks of the female performer while dancing. Furthermore, this dance is basically a quicker version of the waltz. As for training centers/schools, there are none available around the world since this “sensual” dance has been performed over the years mainly in France.
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