5 Categories of Dance

His dance itself is the personification of his eternal dynamism of the universe, and that dance, or the stage of universe is arranged into five categories: (1) adbhuta taanDava - amazing dance, amazing causation of universe; (2) aananda taanDava - blissful dance - blisful existnce of universe; (3) anavarata taanDava - incessant dance - incessant nature of universe; (4) samhaara taanDava - elimination time dance; (5) pralaya taanDava - dissolution time dance. The fifth kind of dance is associated with rudra, the annihilator http://www.geocities.com/desirajuhrao/nataraja/nataraja_symbolism.html