Popular Ballroom Dance
Ballroom Dancing is not one dance but rather a group of dances for a type or genre of music. Big Bands or DJs will play a variety of songs that you can Ballroom Dance to with a partner. The most common or popular ones are the Foxtrot, Waltz, Jitterbug (see also Swing Dancing) and Tango (see also Latin Dancing). There are other dances you may want to learn and we also offer lessons in styles like Latin (Rumba, Cha-cha), Swing (Jive, Lindy, West Coast Swing) or Nightclub (Hustle, Nightclub 2-Step).
Foxtrot is a basic dance from which you can acquire a good foundation in Ballroom Dance. Learning to combine steps easily and smoothly teaches variety and maneuverability. The Foxtrot posture is attractive in appearance and helpful to all other dances. Being able to dance to slow, medium and fast tempos will add confidence to your dancing and will assure fun and relaxation for your partner.
Join this class for a fun introduction into this energetic style of Swing. Become confident dancing to fast tempo music like “In The Mood”. Gain a solid foundation in single-step 6-count Swing, by learning practical basics of partnering and footwork along with smooth moves.
Music includes: Rock & Roll, Big Band & NEW Swing music.
The Waltz is probably the most well known styles of Ballroom Dance. Dancing the Waltz develops balance and control. The basic Waltz steps are the foundation patterns used in most ballroom dances. Correct posture, rise and fall, and flowing movements should be stressed to achieve good styling.
The quickstep is a light-hearted member of the standard ballroom dance repertoire. The movement of the dance is fast and powerfully flowing and sprinkled with syncopations. The upbeat melodies that quickstep is danced to make it suitable for both formal and informal events. Quickstep was developed in the twenties in New York and was first danced by Caribbean and African dancers. Its origins are in combination of slow foxtrot combined with the Charleston, a dance which was one of the precursors to what today is called swing dancing.
In order to achieve the distinctive style of the Tango it is important to develop controlled staccato footwork, along with fluid graceful movements. The unique rhythm of the music is great training for timing and phrasing which develops as the dancer becomes more proficient. Tango practice is essential towards becoming a good dancer.
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