Ballroom Dancing is an art type of sport for people of all ages and backgrounds. By learning simple dance steps, and their associated timing, you can find yourself quickly out on the dance floor having fun while moving to the music.
There are a variety of styles of ballroom dance, generally divided into standard and latin styles. Standard styles include Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, and Quickstep. Latin styles include Cha-Cha, Rumba, Samba, Paso Doble, and Jive.
You will also hear these dances called the ‘Smooth’ dances. These dances move around the dance floor in a counter-clockwise fashion. These ballroom dances are elegant, beautiful, and dramatic, each with its characteristic style.
- Waltz: This is the granddaddy of all ballroom dances.
- Foxtrot: Foxtrot is the dance of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
- Tango : Oh what a fiery and dramatic dance!
- Viennese Waltz: This whirling, thrilling dance dates back to the early 1700’s in Europe.
- Quickstep: faster version of Foxtrot that won’t leave anyone breathless.
American Latin Dances
These dances, also called ‘Rhythm’ dances, feature many of the sensual, romantic, sexy Latin dances. The Latin dances are “spot” dances, meaning the couples generally dance in the same spot on the dance floor as opposed to traveling around the dance floor in a counterclockwise circle, (as they do in the Ballroom or Smooth dances.)
- Rumba: Rumba is universally recognized as the dance of love.
- Cha Cha: This is a fun, flirty dance that grew out of the Cuban Mambo, popular in the ’50’s in the U.S.
- Jive is similar to a triple-step East Coast Swing.
- Paso Doble: is a stirring and dramatic dance based on a Spanish bull fight.
- Samba is a lively, rhythmical dance of Afro-Brazilian origin in 2/4 time danced to Samba music.