What does Ballroom and Latin American Dancing consist of?
There are ten dances altogether that make up Ballroom and Latin American, consisting of five ballroom dances and five latin dances. The five Ballroom dances include the Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep and Vienese Waltz. The five Latin American dances include the Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive.
Ballroom dances are considered much more elegant and beautiful to watch and demonstrated as two dancers performing together as one unit. The Waltz is a soft flowing dance involving various turns, the foxtrot has a more linear approach and moves smoothly with ease around the floor. The Tango is a dance of passion and includes stacato movements and the Quickstep is a fun, lively dance that moves at speed around the floor that can include lots of hops and skips.
Latin American dances are considered much more energetic and vibrant and although performed by two dancers, the dances include many different types of holds and sometimes solo steps with no hold. The Cha Cha Cha originates from Cuba, the Rumba is known as the dance of love as it is slow and romantic. The Samba originates from Brazil, the Jive is a fast energetic dance and the Paso Doble demonstrates the story of the matador and cape.