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Ballroom Dances


 

Waltz
 
Waltz is a smooth progressive dance characterized by long flowing movements and slow continuous turns. It is graceful and elegant, danced to slow, romantic music. Waltz has unique timing, as it is danced to ¾ time, which means each measure of music haas three beats instead of the usual 4. While there are usually few waltz’s played during a night at a dance venue, it is a great dance to know.
 
Waltz Music:            
-        Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany’s Soundtrack
-        Fascination by Nat King Cole
-        If You Don’t Know Me By Now by Simply Red
-        Open Arms by Journey
 
 
Foxtrot
 
Foxtrot is typically danced to Big Band/Swing music and usually danced slow-slow-quick-quick with each slow consisting of one beat of music, and each quick consisting of two beats of music. Basic social Foxtrot is fun and simple to learn, an excellent dance for beginners.
 
Foxtrot Music:         
-        L.O.V.E. by Nat King Cole
-        A Wink and a Smile by Harry Connick, Jr.
-        Fly Me To The Moon by Frank Sinatra
-        World On A String by Peggy Lee
 
 
Quickstep
 
Quickstep is very fast and danced to lively tempo Big Band/Swing style music. Quickstep is danced slow-quick-quick, slow-quick-quick. Foxtrot and Quickstep are similar in the musical style the are danced to, with the main difference being the tempo. Where Foxtrot is around 120 bpm, quick step is much faster, being closer to 200 bpm. (bpm is beats per minute)
 
Quickstep Music:     
-        It Don’t Mean A Thing by Count Basie Orchestra
-        Sing Sing Sing by Benny Goodman and his Orchestra
-        Song of India by Tommy Dorsey
-        I Saw Her Standing There by Matt Belsante
 
 
Jive
 
The single-count swing, or Jive, has simple footwork and is great for dancing to extremely up tempo music like the old Big Band tunes, and music that is just too fast for East Coast Swing. It is very helpful to know both single and triple count swing, as then you can easily alter your foot pattern based on the speed of the music.
 
Jive Music:   
-        Goody Two Shoes by Adam Ant
-        Roll Over Beethoven by Chuck Berry
-        Trickle Trickle by Manhattan Transfer
-        Rock This Town by Stray Cats
 
 
Tango
 
Tango is called “close embrace”, and gives an immediate intimacy that other dances do not have. Controlled smooth movements allow for intricate footwork so often associated with this dance. Tango is a sensual dance, danced to slower, moodier music. The basic rhythm is an 8-count slow-slow-quick-quick-slow. It is a dance that is showy, yet very intimate.
 
Tango Music:           
-        Por Una Cabeza by Tango Project
-        Habanera from Carmen
-        Hernando’s Hideaway by Tango Orchestra Alfred Hause
-        Tango Del Amor by Carioca Band
 
 
 
 

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