Ballroom Dances

 

Waltz

Timing: 3 Beats per bar

Tempo: 28-30 Bars per minute

Probably the most famous of all the dances, the Waltz is known and danced worldwide. Called the 'slow' Waltz or the 'English' Waltz (by other cultures that refer to the Viennese Waltz as Waltz).

Whether starting a new relationship with the evening’s last dance or celebrating a wedding or anniversary, the Waltz remains the only dance whose innate romance links it inextricably with life’s happier moments. Originating from the Ländler, an eighteenth century Austrian folk-dance, the Waltz’s enduring appeal is due to its ability to adapt and change. Today, the romance of the Waltz is complemented by and danced to some great modern soft rock classics.

The Waltz is one of the five dances danced in International Ballroom competitions.

 

Foxtrot

Timing: 4 Beats per bar

Tempo: 28-30 Bars per minute

Elegantly beautiful, suavely sophisticated and simply superb, the graceful Slow Foxtrot is the dance to which all Ballroom dancers aspire. It finds its roots in the Tin Pan Ally of the Twenties and now, as then, it can be enjoyed to the best of popular chart and easy listening music.

Considered by many to be one of the most difficult of all the dances to master the Foxtrot offers challenges to all dancers.

The Foxtrot is one of the five dances danced in International Ballroom competitions.

 

Viennese Waltz

Timing: 3 Beats per bar

Tempo: 60 Bars per minute

Elegant and beautiful the Viennese Waltz is the classic Waltz style captured in movies and even Disney cartoons as the name suggests it is linked to Vienna where the Aristocracy danced the Viennese Waltz to music by Strauss and other classical composers.

Nowadays Viennese Waltz is still danced socially across the world, but more people now dance the 'slow' Waltz as standard.

The Viennese Waltz is one of the five dances danced in International Ballroom competitions.

 

Tango

Timing: 4 Beats per bar

Tempo: 30-32 Bars per minute

The Ballroom Tango is a European development of the original Tango Argentina.

Despite its image as a harsh and staccato competition dance, the Ballroom Tango has endured as the dance expression of some of the most romantic and popular music of all time.

It is one of the five dances danced in International Ballroom Competitions.

 

Quickstep

Timing: 4 Beats per bar

Tempo: 50-52 Bars per minute

The Quickstep followed hot on the heels of the Foxtrot as people began to dance the 'Quick' Foxtrot. Quickstep owes a lot of its more advanced hops and kicks to the Charleston the Quickstep is fun, lively and energetic. A popular dance with almost all dancers.

The Quickstep is one of the five dances danced in International Ballroom competitions.

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