Yakshagana

Yakshagana, dance-drama of South India, associated most strongly with the state of Karnataka. Elaborate and colourful costumes, makeup, and masks cons…

Wendy Whelan

Wendy Whelan, (born May 7, 1967, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.), American ballet dancer who performed for three decades (1984–2014) with New York City …

Western dance

Western dance, history of Western dance from ancient times to the present and including the development of ballet, the waltz, and various types of mod…

Waltz

Waltz, (from German walzen, “to revolve”), highly popular ballroom dance evolved from the Ländler in the 18th century. Characterized by a step, s…

Vera Volkova

Vera Volkova, (born 1904, St. Petersburg, Russia—died May 5, 1975, Copenhagen, Den.), Soviet ballet teacher who greatly influenced Western dance tra…

Virginia reel

Virginia reel, spirited American country dance for couples. It stems from the rinnce fadha, a pre-Christian Irish dance that evolved into the English …

Vestris family

Vestris family, a family of dancers who dominated French ballet for nearly a century, most notably Gaétan Vestris (in full Gaetano Apollino Baldassar…

Violette Verdy

Violette Verdy, original name Nelly Armande Guillerm, (born December 1, 1933, Pont-l’Abbé, Brittany, France—died February 8, 2016, Bloomington, I…