If you imagine yourself gliding around a ballroom in an elegant gown with the crowds cheering you on, or if you envision being the social dance delight at your matric dance or your next work function or whether you simply want to get out to dance and meet a new group of people who enjoy dancing, signing up for our ballroom lessons should be on your list of priorities.
Different people the world over enjoy the world of social and competitive ballroom dancing. Ballroom dances are partner dances enjoyed socially and competitively worldwide.
Ballroom has only evolved from the 19th century. and become better with age. Although Ballroom dancing has been popular for decades now, its popularity further increased due to reality television shows like Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing with the Stars.
The 5 standardised Ballroom dances include:
- Waltz: 1,2,3 and 1,2,3…this is a count that almost everyone has heard. The waltz is one of the smoothest ballroom dancers and has been considered the “mother of present day ballroom dances.” It is characterised by “rise and fall” action and “body sway.”
- Foxtrot: An especially popular dance for beginners is comprised of simple walking steps and side steps. Named after the entertainer, Henry Fox of the USA, this is the dance that is often associated with Fred and Ginger. The trot is what gives the Foxtrot its character with the distinctive steps being the Weave and Featherstep.
- The Tango: The tango is massively interesting with the earliest evidence thereof being at the turn of the twentieth century. A fiery and dramatic dance, the Ballroom Tango evolved from the Argentine Tango.
- Viennese Waltz: This is an exciting, light, whirling dance and is faster than the regular Waltz. With its fast turns, the magical Viennese Waltz grew in popularity and so did the tempo of its music, one of the most popular being “The Blue Danube.”
- Quickstep: As per its name, this is a quick, light and jovial dance. Fast, elegant and light, through a series of jumps, runs and skips, the Quickstep is high-energy with an almost child-like quality.
From the shores of Africa to the faraway lands of the Americas, the movements of Latin America will captivate you – from the first beat of the music and will definitely keep your toes tapping and hips moving as you make your way across the dance floor with style and ease and a smile on your face.
The International Ballroom classifications of Latin American dance include, Samba, Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive, but an exciting new wave of Latin dances have become increasingly popular in dance studios and include Salsa, Kizomba, Bachata, Argentine Tango and many more that are making their way into dance studios across the world.
- Cha Cha Cha – Lively and playful, the cha cha is earthy with intricate rhythms and its classic Cuban motion is what gives the cha cha its unique style.
- Samba – this dance style was developed in Brazil during the 19th century and there are many styles of Samba. Ballroom partner Samba is comprised of a number of different styles of the South American Samba dances. It’s incredibly rhythmical with fast footwork. The Samba Bounce Action is what really sets it apart from other Latin American dances in the dance studio.
- Rumba – The romantic rumba is the most sensual of all the Latin dances. The Rumba is the slowest of the competition Latin dances and its distinctive Cuban Motion is a very important element in this style of dance.
- Paso Doble – This literally means “two step” in Spanish but actually originated in the South of France. It’s a very dramatic and expressive form of dance with steps of a marching nature. This theatrical dance style is modelled after Spanish Bullfighting in which the gentleman is traditionally characterised as the matador and the lady as his cape – a dance style that is more popular in competitions than social dancing itself.
- Jive – If you’re South African, let’s think Sophiatown “Meadowlands” during its prime. Jive is a an incredibly lively dance which originated in the USA in the 40’s and was influenced by the Jitterbug, the American Swing dances, Lindyhop and Rock & Roll.