Waltz is as relevant and useful today as it has been for over a century. It’s perfect for classics, as well as many of today’s pop, country, jazz, and even rock ballads. There are a surprising number of contemporary songs that use a Waltz rhythm. Along with Foxtrot, it is a common choice for wedding dances and is popular with social dancers all over the world. Waltz music is recognized by its ¾ rhythm, meaning musical phrases are counted in six beats rather than the usual eight.
An elegant and graceful slow dance that glides across the floor, it can be intimate and romantic or formal and grand. Learning to Waltz will improve your posture, poise, balance, frame, and control.
Tango is a dramatic dance with styling options that can be sharp and aggressive or smooth and romantic. There are several different styles of social Tango. While both American and International tango are similar, couples dancing International Tango stay in a hold more than in American-Style Ballroom Tango. Always part of any ballroom dance event or party, Tango is also useful for weddings and formals.
This faster-moving dance is what you see in films depicting the Victorian Era—typically with couples spinning constantly around the dance floor usually to orchestral music such as that by Johann Strauss. The Viennese Waltz is considered a ballroom dance and it is still danced in many ballrooms across the nation. However, because of its higher level of difficulty and the need for plenty of dance space, the Viennese Waltz is rarely done outside of the most formal or traditional ballroom dance settings. Students should already know (slow) Waltz before learning Viennese Waltz. A classic dance, Viennese Waltz is also perfect for a surprising amount of contemporary pop tunes. You’ll definitely impress others if Viennese Waltz is part of your repertoire
Foxtrot is appropriate for several music types including: big band; jazz; blues; pop; and easy listening. Ballroom dance events and formal dinner dances typically include a significant number of Foxtrots. It’s also a must to know if you enjoy dancing in lounges, piano bars, and your living room by the fireplace.
The most formal version of this elegantly smooth dance travels around the line of dance. It's danced to music with 4/4 timing, but most patterns are 6, 8, or more beats. The Foxtrot is highly recommended for new dance students since the basics are pretty simple and many Foxtrot principles carry over to all the other partner dances. Just like every woman should have a black dress and every man should have a dark sport coat, every dancer should know the Foxtrot.
A progressive dance that travels quickly around the floor, the Quickstep is for Ballroom die-hards. Quickstep and Foxtrot share some patterns, but Quickstep adds runs, kicks, polka points, and speed. It’s often danced to music that you can also dance a fast East Coast Swing.