Ballroom dancing is characterized as a partner dance in which couples move to the music with patterns that follow the tempo of the music. The posture and frame of the dancers are very important in this dance style.
Within the Ballroom dancing genre, there are two further groups.
One is the “smooth” style where the couple will move around the entire ballroom using large steps. Three of these styles are the Foxtrot, Waltz, and Tango, and are very graceful with the couple “flowing” around the dance floor.
The other is the Latin/Rhythm style. These are energetic dances that reflect the syncopated rhythms of the music being danced to. This style is characterized by the couple generally staying in the same area but frame and posture is still very important. Examples of these styles include Swing, ChaCha, and Rumba.
There are many professional ballroom dance competitions and dance socials. However, it is very common to see couples dancing ballroom at weddings and formal events. If you’d like to join in this fun social partner dance, Mind Body Soul Studios in Scarborough is offering a Ballroom Fundamentals program that will have you social dancing in no time.