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Are you looking to take your dancing to the next level? Have you fallen in love with dance and want more? Ballroom dance lessons are going to be the best fit for you.
American rhythm is a style of ballroom dance, which evolved from social dancing and is now a fully recognized as competitive style of dance. Rhythm style consists of five dances: Cha Cha, Rumba, East Coast Swing, Bolero and Mambo. It allows for the freedom of the body action and has its origins in Latin American countries.
International Latin dances are danced to a Latin American beat. “Latin” is the term for International Style, “Rhythm” is the term for the American Style. Latin dances consist of Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive.
American Smooth is a style of Ballroom Dance, which evolved from social dancing and is now a fully recognized competitive style of dance. The Smooth style allows the dancers to be in open positions allowing for a very “Fred and Ginger” style.
Have you ever seen the TV show Dancing With The Stars? Ballroom dance is where they got the idea from. A professional (teacher) is dancing with an amateur (student) and competing against other pro-am couples.
You may hear the terms Standard, Modern and Smooth in relation to the Ballroom dances and wonder how they differ. They all represent the dances with the man holding the lady in his arms and moving around the floor. The term “Standard” has replaced “Modern” as the name for the International Style dances.
Frequently Asked Questions
What am I going to be dancing during a ballroom dance competition?
There are four different dance styles you can pick to compete in (American Rhythm, American Smooth, International Latin or International Standard). You can dance one style or you can compete in all four. During the competition you will be dancing a pre-set routine which your instructor will put together ahead of time. You will learn how to dance each of those routines with music as well as proper technique.
How long does it take to get ready for a ballroom dance competition?
The time it takes to prepare for a Ballroom Dance competition varies with each individual. It is dependent on your dance experience, the style you are dancing, whether you are a leader or follower in the partnership, and the amount of time you are willing to commit. If you have never danced before and are willing to take the challenge of attending a ballroom dance competition, 3-4 months of consistent practice should be enough to prepare you for your first Pro-Am competition.
Who am I going to be competing against in a ballroom dance competition?
You will be competing against other Pro-Am couples that will be dnacing the same style and that are of the same age bracket and dance level. For example, if Tom is 65 and he will be attending his first Ballroom Dance competition after having danced for 6 months, then Tom will be competing against amateur male students what are within 65-72 years old in the newcomer dance divison (having danced for less than 1 year).
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