Ballroom Dancing

Ballroom dances are partner dances enjoyed socially and competitively worldwide. The following 12 Ballroom dances are popular on dance floors, on stages, in film, and, especially, on television. (Thanks to 'Strictly') How many of these ballroom dances are you familiar with?

1: Cha Cha

Is a lively Ballroom dance packed full of passion and energy. The classic "Cuban motion" gives the Cha Cha a unique style. Partners work together to synchronize each movement in perfect alignment.

2: Foxtrot

The Foxtrot is a Ballroom dance that's lots of fun and relatively simple to learn...A brilliant dance for beginners. Foxtrot is a smooth dance in which dancers make long, flowing movements across the dance floor.

3: Jive

A Ballroom dance style that originated in the United States from African-Americans. It is a lively form of Swing dance, and a variation of the Jitterbug/Lindy Hop.

4: Lindy Hop

Considered to be the father of all Swing dances. Known for its unique, athletic and energetic style it often contains several aerial jumps, twists, lifts and flips.

5: Mambo

One of the most sensual and emotional Latin American Ballroom dances. Swaying hip movements, facial expressions, arm movements and passion all add to the sensuality of the Mambo.

6: Paso Doble'

The Paso Doble' is one of the liveliest Ballroom dances, originating in Southern France. It is modelled after the sound, drama, and movement of the Spanish bullfight. Ole'

7: Quickstep

A quicker version of the Foxtrot. It is a Ballroom dance comprised of extremely quick stepping (hence the name), syncopated feet rhythms, and runs of quick steps. The Quickstep is exciting to watch, but one of the most difficult of all the Ballroom dances.

8: Rumba

The most romantic and sensual of all Latin Ballroom dances. It's often referred to as the "Grandfather" of the Latin dances.

9: Samba

Possibly the most popular of all Brazilian Ballroom dances. The Samba is popular with young people as well as old. The Samba can be performed solo or with a partner.

10: Tango

This sensual Ballroom dance originated in South America in the early twentieth century. Often depicted as having to clutch a rose between your teeth…This is not compulsory!

11: Viennese Waltz

A quick rotating Ballroom dance with a subtle rise and fall. Considered, by some, to be one of the most difficult dances to learn. The simple and elegant rotational movement characterises the Viennese Waltz.

12: Waltz

The Waltz is one of the smoothest Ballroom dances. A progressive dance marked by long, flowing movements, continuous turns, and "rise and fall." The dance is graceful and elegant, Waltz dancers appear to glide around the floor with almost no effort. Apparent in most ' Disney' movies.

"Dancing is the art of getting your feet out of the way faster than your partner can step on them."

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