About the Dances

Ballroom Dances

Waltz

The Waltz is generally the first dance taught in classes.  It is a slow, 3/4 time dance that originated from an Austrian-German folk dance.  Competitively it is timed 28-30 bars per minute (BPM) and has a pronounced first beat in a bar.  It is known for its elegance, smooth transitions and soft flowing movement.

Quickstep

Originating in England, it evolved from a combination of other styles like the Foxtrot and Charleston. The tempo of the Quickstep is faster, around 50 BPM and is timed 4/4.  It is characterised by the syncopated hop, skips and jumps seen when danced by advanced dancers. It can be a very fun and energetic dance.

Tango

Tango as danced today, originated from the Argentine Tango in the 1880s. It is characterised for the passion and staccato actions seen throughout. Danced with a certain finesse, it's timed 4/4 and is danced 31-33 BPM. It is a powerful dance, with the walks danced in a stalking nature.

Viennese Waltz

The original Waltz, made popular by Strauss, was the first Ballroom dance performed in closed hold.  A faster version of the Slow Waltz, it's danced 58-60 BPM and is recognised by its traditional rotary style. Due to the intensity of rotation and speed it can be a hard dance to master.

Foxtrot

The Foxtrot, like the Waltz is one of the slowest ballroom dances, 28-30 BPM.  It's rhythm is 4/4 timing and is danced with a broken rather than even beat. It is a sophisticated dance characterised by continuous flowing movements around the dance floor.  Created by Harry Fox in the USA, the quickstep evolved as a faster version.

Latin Dances

Cha Cha Cha

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Jive

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Rumba

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Samba

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Paso Doble

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Other Dances

Salsa

Many of our members, as well as being diehard Ballroom and Latin dancers, are also Salsa fanatics! Salsa is a Latin dance which originates from the Americas. The main styles are New York and Cuban. It involves fast footwork, lots of spins and a few flips and dips. Salsa is seen in a lot of dance films

Rock N Roll

At competitions Rock & Roll has two categories - Acrobatic and Non-Acrobatic.  It is a very fun and lively dance, originating from Swing.  In the Acrobatic section, elements are allowed where the follow is lifted by the lead while the Non-Acrobatic ensures that both dancers have at least one foot on the floor at all times.

Sequence

A style of dancing following a set routine where all dancers dance the same routine at the same time.  Sequence is an event danced at some of the friendly competitions and the Northern finals. The Mayfair Quickstep is most commonly used;  a very fun and easy dance to pick up by copying the person in front!

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