House dance is a social dance primarily danced to house music that has roots in the clubs of Chicago and New York. The main elements of House dance include Footwork, Jacking, Lofting and floor work. House dance is often improvised and emphasizes fast and complex foot-oriented steps combined with fluid movements in the torso.
"House Dance is an amalgamation of the post-disco era. It was a community based dance so vocal points were surrounded by music and DJs, but many of the dancers who were not looking to create, ended up becoming a part of that dance vocabulary." -- Brian Cox
The major source in house dance movement stems directly from the music and the elements within the music such as jazz, African, Latin, soul, R&B, funk, hip hop, etc. The other source is the individuals and their characteristics, ethnicities, origin, etc. There were people of all walks of life partying under one roof and therefore there was an exchange of information through body language.
In house dancing, there is an emphasis on the subtle rhythms and riffs of the music, and the footwork follows them closely. This is one of the main features that distinguishes house dancing from dancing that was done to disco before house music emerged and current dancing that is done to electronic dance music as part of the rave culture.
In the early progressions of the dance, there were hundreds of phenomenal dancers that were key in its progression in this social dance scene. However, out of the many there were few instrumental in the introduction of New York house dance culture across the globe. Some of these dancers are Ejoe Wilson, Brian "Footwork" Green, Tony McGregor, Marjory Smarth, Caleaf Sellers, "Brooklyn" Terry Wright, Kim D. Holmes, Shannon Mabra, Tony "Sekou" Williams, Shannon Selby (aka Shan S), Voodoo Ray, and others.