Ballroom dancing is a couple of dance using patterned steps, moving rhythmically while expressing the features of the music being danced to. The term ballroom dancing originated from the Latin word “ballare” which means “to dance”. In the early days, ballroom dancing is only a privilege for the aristocrats and rich people with folk dancing for the so-called commoners. But today, this boundary has long been gone and anyone can learn this fun and entertaining dance.
There are two common styles or classifications under ballroom dancing namely: the Smooth or Standard dances and the Rhythm or Latin dances.
Examples under the Smooth style are Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, and Viennese Waltz. This type is usually characterized by moving around the entire dance floor in a counter-clockwise manner. The couples move constantly while changing from one place to the next in a fixed dance pattern.
As for dances under the Rhythm style they are Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Jive, East Coast Swing, Mambo, Salsa, and Paso Doble. It is characterized by syncopated dance patterns with the music’s rhythm. The dances feature high energy and the dancers’ personal flair.