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Seven Different Styles of Ballroom Dancing

Since the earliest days of dance, ballroom dancing enjoys continued popularity. The precision, grace and fluid movements of two ballroom dance partners evoke a romantic image even when the ballroom dance style is set to music with a fast paced tempo. There are multiple different styles of ballroom dancing that fall into five categories.
These include:
. American Smooth
. International Latin
. American Rhythm
. International Standard
. Other
In American Smooth category, students learn and perfect their technique in Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot and Tango. In International Latin, classes focus on Cha-Cha, Jive, Samba, Rumba and Paso Doble. American Rhythm classes include East Coast Swing, Mambo, Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Bolero and Merengue.International Standard classes include Tango, Fox trot, Waltz and Quickstep
Other dance styles include the Two Step, Argentine Tango, Salsa and Merengue.By categorizing these dances, students are able to take part in ballroom dance competitions in which they excel. Although, ballroom dance students learn how to perform intricate dance steps, instructors help students develop their own unique dance styles with their partners.For each of the seven different styles of ballroom dance, there is a specific technique each partner follows that allows them to create their own signature style within each dance style.
A Peek into Seven Different Style of Ballroom Dancing
The Waltz, Fox Trot, Quick Step, Jive, Tango, Cha Cha and Rumba are seven of the most popular ballroom dances. The Waltz may seem less complex with its basic, step two three rhythm in three quarter time. However, once partners perform the Waltz, they soon realize there is much more to this type of dance than just footwork. There is proper positioning of arms and head and keeping both partners' bodies closely attached at the hip so they dance as one and learning how to perform turns gracefully. There is also movement across the ballroom dance floor to avoid collisions with other dancers.
The Fox Trot also relies on three steps. The male partner takes two steps forward and two steps to the right or left side. The pace of Fox Trot is slightly faster than a Waltz. The Quickstep, as its name implies, is performed with the ballet step, chasse borrowed, several quick hops. So, it looks like, quick, quick, slow, slow tempo.

The Jive includes the basic tap dance triple step and includes partners swinging and turning in and away from each other. The Tango is one of the most dramatic of the seven different style of ballroom dancing. Tango is performed to slow, subtly passionate music. The movements are deliberately exaggerated and exude fluidity. Cha Cha is a fun Latin style dance with four steps in forward, backward, side and turning moves. The basic steps of the Rumba consist of a step to the side, placing feet together and stepping to a slow, quick, quick rhythm.

All seven different styles of Ballroom Dancing should be taught by professional instructors for best results such as those offered in classes at Mystic Ballroom.

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