Ballroom Dances

Sophisticated, elegant, flowing styles

Ballroom Waltz

English Waltz

The waltz is a folk and ballroom dance in time, performed primarily in  closed position.

It was created as a peasant dance, born in the suburbs of Vienna and in the alpine region of Austria and involved  lots of space. A sliding or gliding dance.

A dance in triple time, each step will equal one beat.

Time signature  - 3/4   Three beats to the bar.

Tempo (bars per minute) - 30

Counting in beats  -  123, 123, 123, etc.

Accented beat  = 1.

Counting in beats & bars - 123, 223, 323, etc.

 


Quickstep

Ballroom QuickstepThe Quickstep is a light-hearted member of the standard ballroom dances.

The movement of the dance is fast and powerfully flowing and sprinkled with syncopations. The upbeat melodies quickstep is danced to make it suitable for both formal and informal events. Quickstep was developed in the twenties in New York and was first danced by Caribbean and African dancers. Its origins are a combination of Slow Foxtrot with the Charleston.

A ballroom dance with slow & quick steps. A slow = 2 beats. A quick = 1 beat.

Time signature -  4/4   Four beats to the bar.

Tempo (bars per minute) - 50

Counting in beats -  1234, 1234, 1234, etc.

Accented beat  =  1 & 3  (1 being stronger)

Counting in beats & bars -  1234, 2234, 3234, etc.

   

 


Slow FoxtrotBallroom Slow Foxtrot

A ballroom dance with slow & quick steps, the Foxtrot is a smooth, progressive dance with long, continuous flowing movements across the dance floor.

It is danced ideally to Big Band music. It was made popular by Harry Fox from the United States in 1914. Foxtrot reached it's height of popularity in the 1930s and still remains practiced today.

A slow count = 2 beats. A Quick = 1 beat.

Time signature -  4/4   Four beats to the bar.

Tempo (bars per minute) - 30

Accented beats  1 & 3  (1 being stronger)

Counting beats -  1234, 1234, 1234, etc.

Counting in beats & bars -  1234, 2234, 3234,  etc.


Ballroom Tango

Ballroom TangoA slow South American dance albeit with staccato movement of the feet and flexed knees which highlight the dramaticstyle of the dance. 

A slow count = 1 Beat. A Quick Beat = 1/2 beat.

Time signature - 2/4  Two beats to one bar.

Tempo (bars per minute) = 33-34

Accented beats = Equal on each beat.

Counting in beats & bars. 1 & 2 &, 2 & 2 &, 3 & 2 &.etc.