Types of Dances You Can Learn in a Studio

If you want to learn ballroom dancing, there are several ballroom dance studios where you can learn them from. But first, you must decide what type of ballroom dance you want to learn or master.

There are several ballroom dances from all over the world, each having its own style and history. Here are some of the most popular ballroom dances in the world:

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  1. Rumba

Also known as Latin Waltz, Rumba is usually danced within a particular area on the dance floor, as opposed to other dances which are danced all over the dance floor. It involves slow-quick-quick body movements, particularly of the hip.

  1. Mambo

Mambo originated from tribal dancing in Africa. It is based on the Son rhythm and its music was created by cellist Oresta Lopez in the 1930s.

  1. Cha Cha or Cha Cha Cha

This is a style characterized by its basic dance step, the triple step. Originating from Cuban style Mambo, Cha Cha became such a hit in the United States during the 1950s.

  1. Waltz

Modern waltz has its roots from Austrian Waltzen which became popular in Germany and Austria in the beginning of the 1900s. It comes in several variations including Boston Waltz and Viennese Waltz. It is characterized by slow beat, dips, and steps.

  1. Foxtrot

Invented by Harry Fox in 1914, this dance is characterized by a smooth action of the cack leg. It comes in several variations today, each having its own style and speed.

There are many other dances that you can learn from dance studios such as Swing, Boogie, Tango and Paso Doble. You just have to look for dance studios that specialize in your choice of ballroom dance.

Group Dancing

If you really are into dancing, you can do it in a solo performance, with a partner, or with a group. Sure enough, each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. In this article, you will know about the advantages of dancing with a group – that is, along with at least two people.

One of the advantages of dancing with a group is that it improves one’s socialization skills. Not only will you have to interact with other people, you must also move with them as one for an optimum performance. In dancing with groups, you would have to be sensitive to your group mates and coordinate your moves with them, being careful not to outshine others or be left behind in the wrong places.

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Also dancing with a group is an excellent opportunity to meet new friends who share the same passion for dances as you have. If you’re off to perform with a group at a particular event or party, you would have to rehearse with them and spend a lot of time with them. Group spirit is important in group dancing. Not only would you have to be one with the music, you would also have to be one with the people you’re dancing with.

Dancing with a group also improve coordination and sensitivity towards others. You would be mindful not only of your steps and moves, but also of your co-dancers’ steps and moves. You would also get to learn from other people’s dancing style and techniques. It’s an alternative source of learning where you can develop your skills as a dancer.