Ballroom Dancing

. And so today I found out that… The term "ballroom dancing" is derived from the word ball, which in turn originates from the Latin word ballare which means "to dance". In times past, ballroom dancing was "social dancing" for the privileged, leaving "folk dancing" for the lower classes. These boundaries have since become blurred, and it should be noted even in times long gone, many "ballroom" dances were really elevated folk dances. The definition of ballroom dance also depends on the era. Balls have featured Minuet, Quadrille, Polonaise, Pas de Gras, Mazurka, and other popular dances of the day, which are considered to be historical dances. And so today, the term applies to any one of the several dances in which two individuals, a "leader" and a "follower," dance with physical contact through their upper or lower bodies, or simply their arms depending on the particular variety of dance. Since most social dancing is unchoreographed, this contact is necessary for the leader to communicate the next dance move to the follower, and for the follower to respond to this insinuation. This stands in stark contrast with the style(s) of dance seen in clubs and other social gatherings where physical contact tends to be optional and the individuals in question can move freely without any such restraints imposed by firm physical contact or by the necessity to follow the rhythmic pattern present in the music. Some knowledge of known step patterns is essential for both the leader as well as the follower for ballroom dancing. As most ballroom style dances require some knowledge and practice, they have lessened in popularity among the public in the recent decades. Dance historians usually mark the appearance of the twist in the mid 1960s as the end of social partner dancing.

British Professional Ballroom Dancing Championship 2010 Final – Waltz.


6 Replies to “Ballroom Dancing”

  1. Dancing in a ballroom. With other people. Waltz, foxtrot, pasadoble (don't know how to spell that last one)

  2. Steve C. Gave a nice history. Ballroom is a form of couple dancing in which the man leads (suggests a pattern) and the lady follows (accepts his suggestion). That silly sentence is to differentiate from dances in which everyone is doing the same steps at the same time. Ballroom dancing includes more dances than those listed below, but these are the ones commonly included in competitions:International Standard Slow Foxtrot Slow Waltz Modern Tang• Quickstep Viennese WaltzInternational Latin Rumba Cha Cha Samba Paso Doble JiveAmerican Smooth Foxtrot Waltz Viennese Waltz TangoAmerican Rhythm Swing Rumba Cha Cha Mamb• Samba:You'll notice that there's a lot of overlap between the International and American styles. In each, the dances tend to be similar but are not identical. At the highest competitive levels, International 10-dance and American 9-dance championships are certainly tests of both skill and versatility, and many top competitors limit themselves to one style, say, International Latin. But the vast majority of people you'll meet in ballroom dancing are there for its social aspect, and many never enter competitions, and they'll not confine themselves to the ablove-listed dances.

  3. It's a formal style of dance, with there being a few that are considered the standard, either for society or competitions. Smooth dances (very flowing, little hip motion, and mostly 'traveling' or dances that move around the floor) include:FoxtrotWaltzTangoSwingLatin dance styles (with hip motion, more compact, and faster) include:MamboCha ChaSalsaIt's done in couples, and there is a whole set of rules of conduct. It's actually a lot of fun.

  4. Examples of ballroom dancing are the tango, the waltz, etc. . . The dancers dance in pairs, and compliment each other. An important prospect of this type of dancing is that those two people, in a way, move as one.