The dance forms of Andhra Pradesh take on a wide variety of colors, costumes, and types; and involve different settings and musical instruments.
Kuchipudi is an excellent dance form which originated in Andhra Pradesh.
Kuchipudi is not only a dance, but a fine amalgamation of dance, gestures, speech and song. A Kuchipudi dancer is required to be well versed in dancing, acting, music, various languages and texts.
Vilasini Natyam is dance tradition of deva dasis in Andhra Pradesh.
It faced near extinct after anti-deva dasi act and fortunately revived by few remaining dancers. It is yet to receive Indian Classial Dance status.
Dappu is a lively dance form that started in Nizamabad District.
The dancers wear colorful dresses and dance to the musical tunes of cymbals, tabla and harmonium. In Dappu, the themes are usually based on the mythological stories.
A typical folk dance form, popular in Tanuku. Butta Bommalu which literally means basket toys are made of wood-husk, dry grassand cow dung.
Each dancer wears a different mask over the head and shoulders enlarging the scope of the performer and dances to a non-verbal rhythm which adds colour to the movements.
Linked with the Lambadi tribe, this dance form is performed to celebrate incredible sowing season or loaded harvest.
The dancers in this dance form adorn themselves with costumes that have glass beads embroidery, ornate jewelry, brass anklets, and ivory bangles.
‘Kolatam’, or the stick dance, is one of the most popular dance narratives in Andhra Pradesh. It is also called as Kolannalu or Kolkolannalu.
Kolatam is also called Kolanna in the Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh state.
In the hilly region of Vishakhapatam district, Dhimsa dance is performed by people of every age group.
This is a tribal dance that is performed during the months of Chaitra (March/April). To perform this dance, the artists dress in typical tribal dresses and ornaments.
Bonalu is a very special and unique dance form where the female dancers dance to match the rhythmic beats while balancing pots on their heads.
Bonalu dance is performed to praise Mahankali, the Goddess of this village. Potharajus, a dance performed by males is done before the female dancers in the temple.