Ballroom dancing suggests a world of class, tradition, and passion with a great history, both competitively and recreationally.
Modern ballroom dancing is comprised of five dance styles: Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Modern Waltz, Tango and Quickstep. These dances are not only performed in social gatherings, but in competitions all over the world. They are standardized and categorized into teaching levels and utilize a common vocabulary, and techniques which are accepted internationally.
American or Modern Waltz is one of the smooth dances included in the International Style ballroom dance category. It follows a slow rhythm, and is danced in 3/4 (three quarter) time. Despite having a slow tempo, the waltz can have advanced figures complemented with various spins and turns. It was previously called slow waltz and is a favorite for wedding “first-dances”.
The Tango is a ballroom dance that originated from Argentina. There are two broad styles of modern day ballroom tango, the American Style and International Style. Even though both are very popular, the International style is preferred in dance competitions. The American style, however, gives the dancers more freedom, self-expression and an opportunity for creativity.
The Viennese Waltz, is another version of a classical ballroom waltz and is danced to fast-paced music. It incorporates various types of rotary dance moves which include turning swiftly in alternating clockwise and anti-clockwise directions.
The Quickstep is similar to foxtrot, but the dance footwork and patterns are unique Quickstep, so-named because of it’s swift pace was developed for jazz music tempos typical of the 1930’s & 40’s, and requires precision and practice.
Smooth Ballroom referes to the “traveling” dances: Waltz, Foxtrot, American Tango & Viennese Waltz. It does not include “spot” dances, which don’t travel like Swing. The dancing of Fred Astaire is one of the most well-known examples of Smooth Ballroom, Smooth Latin Dances (such as Cha Cha, Merengue, Rumba; etc.) are also taught within our program or in private lessons with our talented instructors.