Frequent Asked Questions
What is ballroom
Ballroom dancing is a form of partner dancing in which two people move in harmony
with each other
and with the music, usually on a crowded dance floor. The presence
of other dancers provides a major
challenge to the couple, but the best dancers are
able to move spontaneously but synchronously through
the actions of leading and
following. There are many types of ballroom dances (see
The Dances). These
dances can be divided into two major classifications:
International Standard /
American Smooth and International Latin / American
What is Latin/Rhythm dancing?
Latin/Rhythm dancing is characterized by rhythmic movements and syncopated or
percussive Latin beats. Latin dances are usually danced in place. The movements
are compact and expressive. Latin dances
are popular and fun party dances. Latin
examples include Rumba, Cha Cha and
Mambo. Rhythm examples include Swing,
What is social dancing?
Social dancing is a form of ballroom dancing, which occurs at social dance events
such as dinner
dances, fund-raisers, weddings, and holiday parties. The most
popular social dances are
Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Tango and Rumba.
What is "Dancesport”?
Dancesport is a competitive or exhibition style of dance and is the most
physically demanding and mentally
challenging form of ballroom dancing. As in any
sport, the requirements of fitness, discipline and training
are the keys to ultimate
success, yet the learning process is fun, and the resulting skills can be used with
confidence on any dance occasion. (See
What are the benefits of dancing?
Dancing is a great way to meet new friends, maintain fitness and develop body
awareness. In addition,
improved weight control, flexibility, heart health, and
stress reduction are all benefits of ballroom dancing.
What kinds of dances can I learn?
Examples of popular Smooth dances include the Foxtrot,
Waltz, Quickstep and Tango.
Cha cha, Swing, Rumba, Mambo and Samba are examples of
Is a background in dance required?
No previous dance experience is necessary to be a successful ballroom dancer. Over
time students develop
skill and grace, improved posture and sharpened reflexes.
Where do people go to dance?
Weddings, parties, fund-raisers, black-tie events, corporate functions, night
clubs, ballrooms, dance
studio social parties, cruise lines and supper clubs all provide
opportunities for you to practice your
fancy footwork. Please see our
for information on local
places to dance.
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