What is Ballroom Dancing?
Ballroom dancing is a couples dance where couples move to the music using step-patterns and rhythms that match the character of a given song. There are two main types of ballroom dance. The first, referred to as the Smooth/Ballroom style of dance, are flowing dances that move around the entire dance floor in a counter-clockwise fashion. The couple is constantly moving on the dance floor, smoothly transitioning from pattern to pattern. Examples are Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz and Quickstep.
The second type of ballroom dance is called the Latin/Rhythm style of dance. These dances pretty much stay in one spot on the dance floor. They are energetic dances that reflect the syncopated rhythm of the music being danced to. Examples are Swing, Rumba/Bolero, Cha Cha, Salsa/Mambo, Merengue, Disco/Hustle, Samba and Paso Doble.
Who does Ballroom Dancing?
Ballroom Dancing is a sport for people of all ages and backgrounds. It does not require any special skills or dance ability. By learning simple dance steps, and their associated timing, you can find yourself quickly out on the dance floor having fun while moving to the music. There are usually several Ballroom events in any given week in the Richmond metro area. The events are open to the public, so anyone can attend. Dance partners are not required. Mixing is encouraged at almost all events so single ladies and gentlemen still get plenty of time out on the dance floor.
Ballroom dance is an activity you can enjoy at any age. As seen in the recent movie “Mad Hot Ballroom”, grade school children enjoy learning and competing in ballroom. Also, the low impact nature of ballroom dance makes it suitable for some people even into their 80’s or 90’s. It is a skill that, once learned, can be used for your entire life. It is also a wonderful lifestyle addition to help keep you healthy and fit.