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Ballroom categories

Posted Aug 26 2008 4:01pm

Firstly, (wow, I sound all legal) I must say that I have no idea if the word "Categories" in the title of this post is being used correctly, but I'm not sure of the name of the thing that I'm trying to say.



Ever since I've taken enough interest in ballroom dance to at least look at couple's competition scores, I have been confused by which styles or dances fall into which category. I had no idea what the difference between an International Latin dancer and and an American Standard Smooth dancer was until just now.



From what I can tell, different ballroom dances are divided in to groups or sub genres depending on their style and place of origin.



International Standard Dances:

Waltz

Tango

Viennese Waltz

Foxtrot

Quickstep



International Latin Dances:

Cha Cha

Samba

Rumba

Paso Doble

Jive



American Standard Dances:

Waltz

Tango

Foxtrot

Viennese



America Rhythm Dances:

Cha Cha

Rumba

East Coast Swing

Bolero

Rumba



Social Dances:

East Coast Swing

West Coast Swing

Lindy Hop

Salsa



The styles that overlap in to two categories usually mean that they are taught and performed with different techniques originating either in America or elsewhere. I think this is akin to Cechetti, Vagonova, R.A.D., and School of American Ballet techniques all bring different within the ballet world, but I am not entirely positive.



Stay on your toes,



Selly



P.S. Feel free to comment and tell me I'm entirely wrong about everything in this post; it was all based on web research and reasoning.



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