Dancers often dance to their own music, but it’s not the most appropriate for an intimate party, a study has found.
“I’m not going to say it’s the most comfortable, but if you’re a young person in the middle of a party, dance music is probably going to be the best for you,” said Chika, who studied music performance at the University of Illinois.
“I don’t know if that’s the best thing to do, but I like to do that and it’s fun.”
The study, which looked at dance music used in dance parties across North America, was led by researchers at the Centre for Music, Dance and Dance Culture at the university, which included musicologists from the dance industry and from dance colleges around the world.
The participants were all dancers, and the researchers tracked how often they used different types of music during a dance party, from dance club to dance club.
Dancers were asked to describe the music they used, from the most common styles to different styles and styles of electronic dance music.
For example, the researchers looked at how often the participants used a popular dance music genre called ‘pop’ for dancing to the most popular songs on Spotify.
Pop, or “dancepop”, is a style of electronic music featuring a catchy melody, energetic dance and electronic percussion.
When participants were asked which music they considered to be most appropriate, they used pop music for dancing.
But, when they were asked what music would be the most suitable, they tended to choose ‘dance’ as the most acceptable genre.
The researchers then tracked participants’ dance times, which were then compared with the typical dance party attendance.
They found that the most frequent participants were likely to dance for up to four minutes at a time, and that there were two more minutes of dancing before they got tired.
And the participants had lower levels of body-weight and waist-to-hip ratio than dancers who were not dancing, suggesting they had more time to rest before the dance, which could be helpful for staying healthy.
However, they were more likely to use ‘electronic’ dance music, as well as dance genres like pop and hip-hop, as the least appropriate for dancing, the study found.
“We found that participants who danced were more comfortable and less fatigued, with more time on stage and more time available to rest,” Chika said.
This suggests that dance music might have a benefit for those who need a break from dancing for longer, but there are many other benefits, too.
While the study is a little less conclusive than the one done by dance industry experts in the US, it is still encouraging, said Michael Goggin, the research director at the National Institute on Aging.
“This is really encouraging that dance clubs are starting to embrace dance music as a form of relaxation and self-care,” he said.
“But there’s still a lot of research to be done, and this is one way to get there.”