B1 Dialog #14. Talking about dancing in English

In this video we are talking about dancing in English. As always, you can read the tutorial text, which you will find in the PDF file at the link above. Subscribe to our channel!

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Talking about dancing in English

(1) Do you like dancing?

Yes I do. I think that dancing helps people to relax and it can be good fitness as well.

(2) How important is dancing in your culture?

It’s definitely a part of the russian culture. Our folk dances are not so popular of course, but it is important. We should not forget about them.

(3) How often do you dance?

One year ago we visited parties of latino dances every week. We like salsa and bachata. Now, because of the pandemic, there are not so many of them. So we dance not so often now. 

(4) What kinds of dancing can we see in your country?

Different ones. You can see our national dances like yablochko or kazachok, but it’s mostly for performances. You can see some modern dances like latino-american dances, tango, ballet, hip-hop and so on. People like dancing.

(5) Do you like dancing in discos?

Yes, why not. It’s always fun.

(6) Do you have any early memories of dancing?

The earliest memories I have are from a kindergarten, when I was six or seven years old.

(7) Why do people like to dance?

It makes us happier and brings us a lot of good emotions. Dancing is a wonderful way to have less stress. When we dance we forget about problems, at least for a while. That’s nice.

(8) Do you ever go to see dance performances?

Sometimes, but not so often. I like going to the theatre and seeing musicals. They usually include a lot of dances. 

(9) What dances from other countries do you like?

As mentioned before, I am fond of latino-american dances. They are so positive and funny. 

(10) Are you good at dancing?

I think I am not so bad at salsa. But it’s just a hobby, nothing serious.

(1) Is there a national dance in your country?

Yes, as you already said, there are yablochko, hopak, khorovod, kazachok and others.

(2) Are there any famous dancing groups in your country?

There are a lot of dancing groups of course. The most famous I know is Todas.

(3) Do you think being a professional dancer would be a good job?

It’s a hard job I think and very competitive. I think most of them work at dance schools and teach people dancing.

(4) Do you like movies about dancing?

Yes, I do. As a rule, they are very romantic. 

(5) What kind of music do you think is good to dance to?

Disco is good. Latino is also good, but a little bit specific. Electro is nice as well.

(6) Do you prefer dancing alone or with other people?

Dancing alone is weird. Of course I prefer dancing with other people. 

(7) What do you think of ballet?

It’s a beautiful and hard dance, but I am not a big fan of it.

(8) Have you ever danced in the streets at festivals?

When I was younger, we went to open air dance festivals. Now we usually don’t go there.

(9) Have you seen or taken part in dances that tell a story?

No I haven’t. But it’d be interesting to take part in such a dance. 

(10) What is the difference between a good dancer and a bad dancer?

A good dancer should be a good actor I think. He knows how to make the show, but not only to dance. That’s the difference I think.