Popular Ballroom Dancing Styles

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Annie Koehlinger is passionate about ballroom dancing and has been dancing for most of her life. At a young age, Annie enrolled at the well known Arthur Murray Dance School where she quickly picked up on a number of ballroom dance styles. Since then Annie Koehlinger has gone on to compete in local dancing competitions and continues to train, improve her skills, and share her love for dancing with others.

This article looks at four different popular dances styles all used in ballroom dancing. They range in styles and difficulty level but all four of these dances have become internationally popular due to their elegance, rhythm and entertainment. Why not find out more about different ballroom dance styles and find classes near you.

  1. Waltz

The Waltz is a classic romantic dance seen in countless movies in and is renowned worldwide. It originated as a German based folk dance and is considered a smooth ballroom dance. The Waltz consists of a 3 step movement firstly stepping either forward or backward, then to either side, finally step back into having your feet together. This goes at a pace of quick, quick, quick, or if you like 1, 2, 3. This first step in Waltz should be very long and stretched to match the accent of the start of the score. Due to its distinct rhythm and notary, Waltz is a great ballroom dance for beginners to learn. It’s not only one of the easier ballroom dances to learn but also will build up skills used in other dance styles.

  1. Foxtrot

Created by Harry fox and inspired by the movements of dancers Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire this dance gets its name from its trot like movements. The dance is made up of walking steps and side steps. Long steps use two beats of music and are done during slow counts. Short steps done in one beat of music and take place during quick counts. Foxtrot is danced in a counter clockwise fashion around the edge of the ballroom. Foxtrot eventually even spawned more dancing styles, the most notable being quickstep. Quickstep is very similar to foxtrot except the steps are much faster!

  1. Cha Cha

The Cha Cha is a fast paced dance that was developed in Cuba in the 1940s. It has continued to rise in popularity over the years and is well known and practiced globally today. The most important thing to learn to be good at the Cha Cha is the “Cuban Motion”. To begin to practice the Cuban Motion your body should be loose and knees always slightly bent. Then make rhythmic swaying movements with your hips, using the bending and mostly straightening of your knees to achieve this. Once you get the hip motions down the steps can be implemented. Cha Cha uses a combination of triple steps and rock steps. If it sounds like something you want to learn Cha Cha down to your nearest dance studio.

  1. Tango

Tango originated in South America in roughly the 1890s to early 1900s. It is considered a very sensual and romantic dance and is typically performed by a man and woman. Given its widespread popularity, many variations have emerged each with their own unique pin. Ballroom Tango is usually recognisable by its sharp head snaps throughout the dance. Tango is dance to repetitive types of music and usually lasts for 16- or 32 beats. During the dance the woman will rest her right hand on the man’s lower hip while he holds her in the crook of his arm. The man then takes the lead moving around the dance floor in curving patterns. While Tango can be difficult to master as it requires a high level of passion and intensity it is a beautiful and fulfilling dance.

To learn more about Annie Koehlinger and her interests in ballroom dancing, culinary arts, photography, and more, check out her wordpress site: https://anniekoehlinger.wordpress.com/.

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