Ballroom Dancing Lessons in
Houston, Texas and San Antonio, Texas
Ballroom Dancing is basically any kind of partnered dance. But traditionally we think of ballroom dancing as couples whirling around a ballroom in their flowing and feathery ball gowns.
Ballroom dancing has changed a lot with each era. In past times, ballroom dancing was reserved for the wealthy, privileged, and upper class. But now anyone can enjoy ballroom dancing in a social setting or competitive setting.
Ballroom Dance refers most often to the ten dances of International Ballroom (or Standard) and International Latin, which is danced around the world. But Ballroom Dance also may include the American style smooth dances, American Rhythm dances, swing, and club style dances.
In the United States and Canada, the American Style (American Smooth and American Rhythm) is quite popular.
The dance technique used for both International and American styles is very similar. The International Ballroom is danced only in closed position, whereas American Smooth allows closed, open and separated dance movements.
In addition, different sets of dance figures are usually taught for the two styles. International Latin and American Rhythm have different styling, and have different dance figures in their respective syllabi.
Other dances sometimes placed under the umbrella "ballroom dance" include swing dancing, salsa, merengue, hustle, night club, and country western dances.
Some ballroom dances include: Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep, Rhumba or Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Salsa, Mambo, Merengue, Bolero, Paso Doble, Hustle, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, and Jive, to name a few.