Category: Why Dance / Last Updated: Fri Nov 30 '18 / Written By: Michelle
A long time ago, 'ballroom' dances were any type of partner dances which were enjoyed both socially and competitively. This makes sense because they were organizing dance events in large ball-rooms. However, as dance evolved we came up with a need to group all those dances we have. Two main groups are Ballroom and Latin dances.
They mainly differ in techniques applied to them and the way they travel on the dance floor. Ballroom dance is characterized by traveling around the dance floor (in an anti-clockwise direction) and therefore, it takes more space to dance it. There are also specific techniques used which result in dance look classy and elegant.
There are 5 dances in Ballroom group and these are:
Pro tip: Master waltz to make learning Viennese waltz easier.
Facts about waltz:
the King of Dances
you'll recognize it by popular timing 1, 2, 3 - 1, 2, 3
it was and still is widely used as a bridal dance because it's romantic and elegant, but it's less common today because there are not many modern songs that are good for waltz
although it's also known as Slow Waltz, advanced figures add faster pace resulting in dynamic dancing despite slow music tempo
slow elegant moves and poses are used as a contrast to fast pace
Pro tip: Make it easier to learn by mastering waltz first.
Facts about Viennese waltz:
the original form of Waltz and the oldest ballroom dance
in Europe, Waltz still refers to the original Viennese Waltz and not the Slow (or English) Waltz
it can be tricky to pick up the moves, so it's not advised for beginners to start dancing with it
Slow Waltz (90 beats per minute) is really much slower than Viennese Waltz (180 beats per minute)
Pro tip: Learn it before Argentine tango which is on the higher difficulty scale.
Facts about ballroom tango:
one of the most unique and recognizable dances
originates from Argentina and Uruguay, but Ballroom type of Tango uses very different techniques
sharper alternative of its cousin Argentine Tango
it's often used as a tool when teaching other dances
Pro tip: Make your life easier by learning foxtrot before quickstep.
Facts about foxtrot:
similar to Waltz, but rhythm is 1, 2, 3, 4
it was originally danced to blues music by African American dancers
dancing looks smooth with continuous flowing movements across the dance floor
Foxtrot is a slower sibling of Quickstep
Pro tip: To make learning it easier, you can preface it with Foxtrot.
Facts about quickstep:
combination of foxtrot and early version of swing dancing
upbeat music makes it a good dance for formal and informal events
althought dancing is energetic and dinamic, Quickstep is elegant and glamorous
dancers should appear very light on their feet
There are a lot of benefits that come with learning Ballroom dances. It may appear strict and full of class, but it's really all about fun!
Slower dances like Waltz, Tango and Foxtrot can help you tone and strength your body.
Fast paced Quickstep will help you burn calories and improve your stamina.
It will improve your posture and balance in every day life