Latin and Ballroom Dancing Basics

By | October 25, 2017

If you want to improve in your ballet dancing you will need to experience as many other dance forms as you can fit in. In this way you can expand on your dance vocabulary and knowledge, and a company is more likely to employ a well rounded dancer than somebody who has just been exposed to classical ballet all their lives.

Today I will briefly discuss ballroom and Latin American dancing. These two dance forms are loads of fun and you are never to old to learn and enjoy them. There are many different dances to learn within these two genres and you will find amongst these a firm favorite that you will be better at than all the rest.

Ballroom dancing is broken down into Fox Trot, Waltz, Quickstep, Viennese Waltz and the ever popular Tango. Ballroom dancing tends to be slower, excepting for the Quickstep and Viennese Waltz. In ballroom you would always step forwards on a heel, keep the knees slightly relaxed and travel well at all times. The upper body is usually held in contact with your partner with a well extended back and elongated neck, to give an elegant look to your dancing. Ballroom is more difficult as it is so slow and controlled.

Latin American dancing includes dances like Swing, Rumba, Samba and Mambo. There are also many other variations of these dances like West Coast Swing, Salsa, Dirty Dancing, Rock n Roll and many others. Latin dances tend to be faster, excepting for the rumba. There is a lot of hip action, and in the Latin dances the dancer never steps on a heel. The toe always leads the way. The Latin dances are easier to master than the ballroom dances, as you are not dancing as closely with your partner.

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