Category: Ballroom Dances

Dance Spotlight: The Jive!

One of the beauties of ballroom dance is that a once-popular style never needs to go away. It can continue in its original form, or it can grow and change and remain a fixture among savvy dancers. Which brings us to Jive. Once upon a time, this lively style of dance was known as the...

The Best Ballroom Dance Styles For Beginners

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Learning to dance provides you with social skills that last a lifetime and allows you to feel at ease in any situation where there is music and dancing. Once you decide that now is the time to learn how to dance, you may wonder which style is best to start with and which style will...

4 Reasons to Love The Tango

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Ah the Tango. Romantic, passionate, intense, sensual. There are so many reasons to love this Latin dance style. The Tango is one of the most highly stylized ballroom dances we teach. It is dramatic, with measured crossing and flexing steps to the front, the side and the back combined with turns. Of all the dances...

Hips Don’t Lie: The Samba

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The roots of the Samba, both music and dance, come from the home of Brazil. In Brazil, the Samba is a solo dance performed by Carnaval dancers whereas for ballroom dancers the Samba is a partner dance. The Samba originated in Bahia, Brazil at the beginning of the 20th century but became popular in Rio...

A Simple Guide to the 10 Traditional Dances of Ballroom Dance

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If you are interested in ballroom dance but don’t know where to begin, then there’s only one place to start: beginner dance classes at Fred Astaire  Dance Studios. Learning the most widely known partner dances can make you a star in any social gathering, and bring some fun and culture to your life at the...

Dance of the Month: Bolero

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What is the Bolero? The Bolero is a beautifully expressive dance that blends the sensuous hips of Rumba with the elegant rise and fall of the Waltz. Bolero is just one of the dances that elicits the feeling of love and romance in both the music and the dance. Interestingly, while the dance is an...

How To Tell The Difference Between Popular Types Of Latin Dances

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Ballroom dance is enjoyed all over the world in a variety of forms, many having common roots. This is particularly true of the popular Latin dances. While we often think of them as South American specialties, their histories are more complicated than that. Many derive from African rhythms and patterns that were later adapted in...

Where To Take Your Dance Routine For Vacation

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Fred Astaire Dance Studio students work diligently to perfect their steps on the dance floor, to master the dances they learn – and have fun along the way. They come to our partice parties and our outings, they dance, they meet others who share that passion for dancing. But there’s a big world out there, and...

Dance of the Month: Salsa

What is the Salsa besides a delicious and sometimes spicy side that goes great with chips and guacamole?! Salsa is a dance that originated in Cuba with influences from European and African cultures. Salsa is typically a partner dance but can be danced solo or as a Rueda, where couples are in a circle and...

6 Ballroom Dances Sure To Turn Up the Heat This Winter

Dancing is a great way to reignite the flame with your partner and these six styles of dance are sure to keep you warm this winter! Remember, ballroom dancing is a chance to do a little makeover on yourself. Feeling confident makes you feel more desirable – and frankly, how could you not be, with...

West Coast Swing – Dance of the Month of October

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What is West Coast Swing? Is that swing that’s danced on the west coast rather than the east coast? Read on and find out! The history of West Coast Swing is a little mixed and fuzzy. West Coast Swing is a partner dance with roots and influences stemming from the Lindy Hop. In the 1940s...

Quickstep: Learn more about our Dance of the Month

Since our current dance of the month is the Quickstep, let’s take a minute to talk about it. We’ve had many people ask, what is the Quickstep? An easy, joking answer may be that Quickstep is the Foxtrot on speed but in truth, it is so much more than that. The Quickstep is one of...

How Well Do You Know Ballroom Dance Trivia?

Test your knowledge and see how much you know about ballroom dance trivia, with this super-fun quiz, originally published on Discovery.com. 1. This early form of ballroom dominated the dance scene from the 17th century to the 19th century. A. Minuet B. Waltz C. Reel 2. Which 3/4 count ballroom dance style represented a transition...

4 Reasons Why We Love to Salsa

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It’s summer, and summer brings the heat. The same goes for one of our favorite dances – salsa. It’s hot, hot, hot. Salsa continues to grow in popularity because of its fast pace and the lively music that accompanies this Caribbean-based dance. Latin dances build to a crescendo, creating tension and release. That makes salsa a...

History of the Cha Cha

Once upon a time, it was known as the Cha-Cha-Cha. Somewhere along the way, it lost a Cha. Now it’s just the Cha Cha, but it has lost none of its appeal! This dance is characterized by three quick steps (Cha-Cha-Cha!) followed by two slower steps. With American Style Cha Cha averaging 30 beats per minute,...

Why Do You Think You Like To Dance?

We know that ballroom dance is beneficial physically, mentally and socially. But what is it, exactly, that makes us like to dance? Beyond the tangible physical, mental and social benefits, why does the movement and the expression of dance give us such pleasure? Now, here at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, we’d probably say we like...

The History of the Foxtrot

When we discuss the basics of ballroom dancing, we often fall back on two of its staple styles – the foxtrot and the waltz. Today we are going to take a closer look at the foxtrot – a smooth, progressive dance characterized by its slow step, and long, sinuous movements.  Named for its creator, vaudeville...