Ballroom Dances

Fox Trot

A smooth, progressive, turning dance. It is based on walking patterns with a subtle rise and fall action; think of the beloved old Hollywood Dance Duo – “Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.” The music for Fox trot is written in a 4/4 time signature and traditionally was danced to Big Band and Jazz music. My current favorite artists to dance to are: Michael Buble, Harry Connick Jr., Ella Fitzgerald and Steve Tyrell. Very often couples getting married choose Fox trot for their first dance.

American Tango‚Ä®

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Quickstep

An International Style of ballroom dancing that evolved from the Fox trot and several other dances from the 1920’s. It is a very fast ballroom dance, using a lot of syncopated steps and includes chasses, hops, runs and rotations. The music is written in a 4/4 time signature (about 50 bars per minute) and was originally danced to ragtime jazz music. A classic favorite Quickstep tune is “Sing Sing Sing” and for a funky contemporary twist, check out the “Squirrel Nut Zippers.”

Peabody

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American Style Waltz

Believe it or not the Waltz was once considered scandalous because it was the first time a couple danced closely together in public, face to face in one another’s arms! It is a slow, smooth, progressive, turning dance characterized by a pronounced rise and fall action. The music for this dance is written in a triple meter, frequently a ¾ beat, but also 3/2 or 3/8 and as you dance will feel an accent on the first beat. Some oldie but goodie waltzes are: “Always”, “Are You Lonely Tonight”, “Fascination” and “Moon River.” A beautiful contemporary selection is Hayley Westenra’s “Dark Waltz”

Viennese Waltz

This is the earliest form of the Waltz, originating in Austria in the late 18th century and although it was popular, it was widely criticized. It continually travels around the dance floor alternately turning right and left at a speed of about 60 measures per minute! Pure elation and how about waltzing to some handsome Latinos? Chayanne’s “Tiempo de Vals” and Enrique Iglesias’ “You’re My Number One” or stick to the classic “The Blue Danube.”