Discover Ballroom

International Ballroom Dance may also be called Modern or Standard Ballroom Dance.

There are five International Ballroom Dances which were standardized in England and are now danced throughout the world.

Couples enjoy dancing, performing and competing in this elegant, graceful style.

 


WALTZ

Originally an 18th Century Austrian Folk Dance, the Waltz was introduced into England in 1816.

The Waltz epitomizes grace and style with beautiful rise and fall and body sway.


SLOW FOXTROT

In 1914 Vaudeville actor Harry Fox introduced trotting steps to music and people referred to his new dance as “Fox’s Trot.”

Two variations quickly developed a Slow Foxtrot and a Quick Foxtrot.

In 1924 The Imperial Society of Dance Teachers in England introduced standards for both variations and renamed the Fast Foxtrot a Quickstep.

The dances elegant gliding movements make the Foxtrot the most challenging dance to master.

Beginners are introduced to Foxtrot rhythm with the Social Foxtrot.


QUICKSTEP

In 1924 Dance Teachers in England used the name Quickstep to describe a Fast Foxtrot.

There are influences of Charleston, nimble hops and kicks in this lively energetic dance.


TANGO

Originally danced by ladies in line, Spanish settlers took this dance to Argentina.

Danced in the back streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina, a shocking new dance emerged, full of drama and controlled aggression.

Tango became all the rage in Paris and London in 1912.

Danced with sharp moves, passionate head turns and staccato action, you will move across the floor like a panther stalking it’s prey!


VIENNESE WALTZ

The first Waltz, this classic, elegant dance was originally danced by the Viennese aristocracy to the music of Strauss.

The Viennese Waltz is a rotary dance where the dancers are constantly turning.

This whirling, twirling dance could make you giddy!


 YOUTH STANDARD FORMATION

Waltz formation

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