Waltz is one of the world’s most loved and well-known ballroom dances. American Waltz is more free-flowing, allowing dancers more improvisation and expression. Shocking many when it was first introduced, the waltz became fashionable in Vienna around the 1780s, spreading to many other countries in the years to follow. The waltz, and especially its closed position, became the example for the creation of many other ballroom dances. Video example.
A fun and easy dance to learn, the Foxtrot can be danced to a wide variety of music. Foxtrot can be danced to big band, swing, or 50’s rock and roll. The Foxtrot is great for beginners and can be danced on crowded dance floors at parties and weddings. The dance was premiered in 1914, quickly catching the eye of the talented husband and wife duo Vernon and Irene Castle, who lent the dance its signature grace and style. When rock and roll first emerged in the early 1950s, record companies were uncertain as to what style of dance would be most applicable to the music. Famously, Decca Records initially labeled its rock and roll releases as “foxtrots”, most notably “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and His Comets. Video example.
This steamy and sultry dance has been enthralling audiences since its introduction. American style uses larger movements to highlight an exuberant expression of passion. Tango dance and tango music originated in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo, and spread to the rest of the world soon after.
Intermediate and advanced dancers looking for a challenge will enjoy this aristocratic and athletic dance. What is now called the Viennese waltz is the original form of the waltz. It was the first ballroom dance performed in the closed hold or “waltz” position. As the Waltz evolved, some of the versions that were done at the original fast tempo came to be called specifically “Viennese Waltz” to distinguish them from the slower waltzes. Video example.