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Step dance is one end of a spectrum of dance styles. The opposite extreme is Formation dances, where the movement patterns around the dance floor and arm-work are the most important factors. Most social dances fall between these two extremes.
There are very few pure step dances, as most include at least some upper body or arm styling. Often step dances performed in shows add elements of show styling, which can bring them into conflict with the traditionalists.
Tap dancing is probably the most popular form of step dancing taking its influence from a variety of older step-forms.
There are many regionally/country specific types of Step Dance it is considered to be an especially predominant folk dance form in Great Britain and Ireland. Irish hard-shoe dance as popularised by River Dance is a form of step dance and the older Sean-nós is less formal Irish step dance style. England also has at least two distinguishable forms of step-dance clog done in wooden soled shoes and step-dancing done in regular, or increasingly tap shoes. Scotland and Wales also have a distinct step-dance traditions. Other specific styles of step-dancing can be found in the USA, where it can be called clogging or flat-footing and in Canada with the Cape Breton style of dance.
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