Our guide to ballroom dancing
Kristina K

Our guide to ballroom dancing

First published date December 10 2013 Amended date December 10 2013

Ballroom dances are couple dances where one partner leads and the other follows. There are many types of ballroom dancing with the main two being smooth style and Latin/rhythm style.  The smooth style dances involve the couple dancing over the entire dance floor. It’s normally very elegant and classy. The energetic Latin style however, usually keeps the couple in one spot on the dance floor and involves quick, sexy moves. Why not check out some of our ballroom dancing courses? In no time, you’ll be as good as those amateurs on Strictly Come Dancing. In the words of Bruce Forsyth, keep...dancing!


Attack ballroom dancing Paso Doble style!

Precision, connection and drama – most ballroom dancing styles require a certain amount of those skills. There are so many ballroom styles such as Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Jive, Lindy Hop, Mambo, Quickstep, Rumba, Samba, Tango, Viennese Waltz and Waltz. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced learner, our wide range of ballroom dancing courses are suitable for everyone.


Become the next Ola Jordan or Anton Du Beke

We cannot help but fall in love with Anton (although he does seem to get the worst Strictly Come Dancing partners possible!), his sophisticated grace and classy, stylish Foxtrot moves. Ola on the other hand, leaves everyone breathless and the room full of sexual energy every time she breaks into a hip-shaking salsa. If you’re already taking part in competitions or aspire to be a professional, our professional ballroom dancing courses will suit you perfectly. You’ll study the style and techniques of other professional dancers, gain tips on what’s on trend with costumes and appreciate the quality of high level ballroom dancing.


Up your social life!

Become part of the dance community when you take part in ballroom dancing classes. These guys get around – one day they’ll be dancing in the halls in East London and in the weekend, they could be dishing out their moves in a swish place in the West End. It’s great for your social life, especially if you’re out to meet people and make new friends who share the same love for dancing. There will also be trips to other counties for workshops and fun dancing events.


Dance to health

All types of dance have so many health benefits that you end up killing two birds with one stone – mastering beautiful steps and building your fitness all at the same time. Whilst dancing helps with reducing stress and increasing serotonin levels so that you feel happy, latest research has also shown that frequent dancing makes us smarter! Dancing stimulates one’s mind and this wards off Alzheimer’s diseases, dementia and increases cognitive acuity at all ages. Because dancing integrates several brain functions at once – kinaesthetic, rational, musical and emotional, you’ll end up increasing your neural connectivity.


What do you learn?

Gain a basic foundation in popular ballroom dances and learn to perform with different members in the class when you start ballroom dancing classes. You’ll also improve your balance, coordination, timing, confidence and general well being.  For the Rumba and Cha Cha lovers, you’ll pick up Latin style tips that will allow you more freedom to release hold from your partner, perform stylised moves for the competition scene, execute underarm turns and lots of solo actions. Alternatively, the waltz and quick step will introduce you to two of the best loved ballroom dances. Learn to remain in close hold and travel the floor with a combination of walks, turns and spins.  Classes will also give you the opportunity to dance to classic favourites and as you progress, there are more advanced classes and better trained professionals to learn from.


Did you know?

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers were certainly a formidable pair of ballroom dancers. It’s said that ‘He gave her class, and she gave him sex appeal.’ They made dancing much more appealing to the masses during rather prudish times. This perhaps owed something to the acting involved in the performance, as Rogers made dancing with Astaire look like the most thrilling experience in the world. The timing was ideal too – during the Depression Era, many Americans were struggling to make ends meet and these two dancers offered many people a way to escape from reality for a while and to have some fun.


Interesting ballroom dancing facts

·         In earlier times, ballroom dancing was considered the social dance of the privileged and wealthy.

·         During the Victorian era, the waltz was met with opposition because the close hold was considered improper.

·         Even though Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ performances were highly choreographed, many people associate ballroom dancing with the duo. Their on-screen dancing in the 1930s influenced all types of dance.

·         Ballroom dancing is good for cardiovascular health; it builds muscle tone and is great for your joints and spinal column. It also builds confidence and can help reduce stress.

·         Ballroom dancing has evolved into a serious competitive sport. About 30 countries regularly participate in international competitions. And while competitive ballroom dance is recognised by the International Olympic Committee, it is not included in the Olympic Games.


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