An art, a sport, a passion and pass time: the adult social dance

 People enjoying dancing socially at one of the weekly practice dance parties at Quick Quick Slow

People enjoying dancing socially at one of the weekly practice dance parties at Quick Quick Slow

An art, a sport, a passion and pass time: the adult social dance

For decades men and women have been dancing with each other. Throughout history, dancing has been a communication proving to be as necessary as breathing.

The adult social dance experience is not just a hobby; it is a way of life. This can be thought of as almost the direct opposite of competitive dancing. Many assume that all ballroom dancers are competitive ballroom dancers, however, that is not the case. There is such a thing as a "social dancer". This is one who has gained their experience for the purposes of dancing socially. Parties, weddings, bars, balls, barmitzvahs and more can be considered a social dancing venue. Basically, wherever there is music, a dance floor, and a partner there is social dancing.

Ballroom and Latin dancing is taught in a medalist system. This is a standard used world wide to set the bar of how a dancer should progress through their individual instruction. While this is the case in most studios, a social dancer will be taught based on this standard method of teaching. This is simply because that's the most efficient means of movement derived and evolved upon over the decades. Even though these standards are what are looked for in competition, social dancing refers to the same movements with far less flash. The technique may be there, but the movements are slimmed down due to small and/or crowded dance floors. 

Social dancing is an art form that has graced America since its inception. To understand the concept of social dancing being a way of life is to understand why it is done. Dancing changes ones viewpoint of their interpretation of a given piece of music. Whether it be slow or fast, dancers categorize songs into dances. These dances, with their own plethora of history, have changed over time. They have been given names but often resemble a specific genre and era of music. 

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