Ballroom dance is a set of partner dances, which are enjoyed both socially and competitively around the world. Because of its performance and entertainment aspects, ballroom dance is also widely enjoyed on stage, film, and television. Ballroom dance may refer, at its widest definition, to almost any type of partner dancing as recreation. Ballroom dancing is a partnership dance where couples, using step-patterns, move rhythmically, expressing the characteristics of music.
Ballroom dancing consists of two styles: The American Style & the International Style
American Style is further divided the Smooth and Rhythm, and International Style further divided into Latin & Standard
International DanceSport competitions mainly consists of the Cha-Cha-Cha, Rumba, Samba, Paso Doble, and the Jive.
The Smooth, Standard style focuses on the elegance, grace and fluidity of movement. Dancers rotate in a counter-clockwise direction, moving around the entire floor. The couple is constantly moving on the dance floor, transitioning from one place to the next in a fixed pattern. The Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz and Quickstep are danced in this manner.
The Rhythm, Latin style focuses on a display of vibrant energy and a personal flair. The couple’s dancing pattern is syncopated to the rhythm of the music. The couple usually dances in one spot of the dance floor. Included in this style are the East Coast Swing, Jive, Rumba, Cha Cha, Mambo, Samba and Paso Doble. Popular dances, such as the Argentine Tango, Salsa, Merengue, West Coast Swing, Bachata, are more recent additions to the world of Ballroom dance.