Ballroom

April 17th, 2010

The word ‘ballroom’ refers to a room where balls – formal social dances – may be held. For centuries, balls were important social events which created their own set of behaviour and etiquette. The word ‘ball’ derives from the Latin ‘ballare’ meaning ‘to dance’. The dances that have evolved into the standard five Ballroom Dances are Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Slow Foxtrot and the Quickstep. These standard Ballroom dances have diverse origins, rhythms and tempos, but have one thing in common – they are all danced by the man and lady in ‘closed hold’; where the couple maintain contact while performing all the figures of the dances. Along with the five internationally classed Latin American dances, these five Ballroom dances make up the 10 Dances for which Marie-Louise and Garreth have become known. These ballroom dances are danced worldwide, both socially and competitively, and have now been standardised and categorised into various levels for teaching, with internationally agreed vocabularies, techniques, rhythms and tempos.

Ballroom

Click the ‘Ballroom’ menu for a short history of each of these dances performed by Garreth and Marie-Louise.

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