From Ball and Ballare: Ballroom dancing

Ballroom dance has been around for centuries and has evolved into a number of popular styles.

Ballroom dance has been around for centuries and has evolved into a number of popular styles.

Before Dancing With the Stars, there was Dancing Before the Court. Derived from folk dances and performed by the European elite in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, court dances required dancers to face the throne while dancing. Considered unacceptable to turn one’s back on a ruler, this became known as “fronting the state”

Derived from the word ‘ball’ and the Latin word ‘ballare’ (‘to dance’) ballroom dancing is any social dance where one person leads and the partner follows.

So you think you can (maybe) dance but unsure which dance is right for you?

Quick Quick Slow Ballroom Dance Studio invites beginners “to join our talented staff for expert instruction in a variety of Ballroom and Latin Dance styles including Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Swing, Salsa, Rumba, Merengue, and many more.”

From slow to fast, from romantic to sexy, ballroom dancing offers something for everyone no matter what their style.

Below is a brief history on a few of the dances you and your dance partner can learn at the studio. Visit http://topics.info.com for more information on these and many more dances.

Waltz One of the more romantic ballroom dances, was once considered ‘vulgar and immoral.’ Denounced by English churches in early 1800s because of the way the “man held his female partner so close to his body,” the Waltz is originally a folk dance from Austria and Bulgaria. Due to its tempo, dancers almost seem to float across the dance floor.

Tango Dramatic, flamboyant, vulgar, sexy and provocative, the Tango traces its roots to the late nineteenth century in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A mix of European, African and Argentinean styles and cultures, the Tango is a diverse dance. At times it is slow and sexy and other times it is fast and sharp.

Foxtrot Named for the man who invented it, Harry Fox introduced the Foxtrot in 1913. Recognized by its long, flowing movements that often incorporates “walks and chases” on the dance floor, the Foxtrot can also be performed to many different types of music.

Ready to hit the dance floor but afraid of your two left feet? Don’t worry. The Quick Quick Slow Ballroom Dance Studio welcomes “dancers of all abilities” and offers “private or group instruction.”

Now for your first dance “step”--contact us for more information and to schedule some lessons.

We look forward to seeing you on the dance floor!