The influence of dance within today’s popular culture has grown significantly in the past several years. The world of dance used to only be accessible to those either directly liked to a dancer or the select few who would actually put in the effort to purchase a ticket and go to a theatre to see a professional show. Now, because of multiple blockbuster films and several different dance competitions on TV, more and more people are gaining insight into this rapidly growing sport.
One of the more popular dance shows on television right now is So You Think You Can Dance. Not only does it attract a large audience in its primetime slot, but it has also greatly influenced dance by helping shape the different styles and genres of dance. Before the show began, certain dance styles such as contemporary and jazz had few regulations and defining characteristics. Now these styles are not only easily recognizable by dance professionals by also by the general public. Avid followers of the show can easily see the differences between the genres of Jazz and Broadway or Contemporary and Ballet. So You Think You Can Dance has also raised exceptionally talented dancers and choreographers to a celebrity status; a feat which would not have been achieved through any other means.
Dancing with the Stars is another popular television show where celebrities are paired up with well-known ballroom dancers in a competition based on the votes of the viewers and the judges’ scores. Take the Lead, Step Up, and Step Up 2: The Streets all did exceptionally well at the box office and the upcoming release Step Up 3-D this August should be no exception. The world of dance would not be as well-known as it is today without the rise of these reality shows and movies and their ever-growing popularity shows that the interest in dance will show no sign of decrease soon.