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The Ballroom Dances

So, what exactly is ballroom dancing?  It’s a group of “partner dances”, where two people dance together in, hopefully, a coordinated manner.

Ballroom dancing has been around in one form or another for several hundred years.  It didn’t really take off until the early 1900’s, about the same time as an explosion in popular music.  While it was originally a social past-time for the wealthy, today ballroom dancing is enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities – hardly a day goes by without some form of ballroom appearing on your TV screen.

Ballroom dance encompasses two main styles, each of which has its own set of dances.

The International Style of ballroom comprises the following dances:

  • Standard – Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz,  Foxtrot, Quickstep
  • Latin – Samba, Cha Cha, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive

The American Style dances, which are more popular in the United States and Canada, are:

  • Smooth – Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz
  • Rhythm – Cha Cha, Rumba, East Coast Swing, Bolero, Mambo

At Fred Astaire Cherry Hill, we primarily teach American Style ballroom but if you would like to learn International Style, just let us know.   We also teach Nightclub Style dances – Hustle, Salsa, Merengue, West Coast Swing – and the increasingly popular Argentine Tango.  At your Free Introductory Lesson, your instructor will introduce you to a few of these dances and it won’t be long before you find the ones you enjoy most.

Call the Studio at (856) 770-4294 or contact us online to get started.


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