Erotic dance is a major category or classification of dance forms or dance styles, where the purpose is the stimulation or arousal of erotic or sexual thoughts or actions.
This compares to other major dance categories based on purpose:
clothing is oftentimes limited or sexy, and may be gradually decreased. An erotic male dancer with little clothes, e.g. only briefs, is sometimes called a "macho dancer".
Nudity, however, is not a prerogative of erotic dance. The culture and the ability of the human body is a significant aesthetic component in many dance styles.
Erotic dances include the following dance forms or styles: