The Only True Contact Sport: Ballroom Dancing


With music comes dancing, and that's never going to change. Ballroom dancing refers to a standard method of study in which a student develops a myriad of benefits. It is necessary to understand how this sport is organized as it is congruent world wide. School figures a.k.a. "steps" or patterns can be considered a form of universal communication such as calculus or the metric system. 

Ballroom dancing can be divided into two categories: Smooth and Rhythm. You can think of two types of traffic: highway traffic and downtown traffic.

Smooth is highway traffic-- dancers travel around the room along an imaginary line called Line of Dance (LOD). Smooth dances include: Foxtrot, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Tango, Quick Step.

Smooth dances allow the dancer to develop a broad frame, attention to walls and corners, and long reaching steps that take you around the room. These dances allow for the dancer to "grow" and use their body to lower, reach, and move gracefully on the floor.

Rhythm is downtown traffic-- dancers typically stay in a localized area and move to a quicker tempo. Rhythm dances include: Rumba, Cha Cha, East & West Coast Swing, Salsa/Mambo, Hustle, Merengue. -(Note: Rhythm dances include Latin dances.)

Rhythm dances allow the dancer to develop hip action by bending and straightening the knee, use the ball and inside edge of the big toe, crisp,  fast paced movements that may be upbeat or sensual.    

When asking about ballroom dancing, people tend to think it's for old people. This could be the case, if the applications of every dance were not everywhere there is music. The fact is, in any form of dance, it is all about movement. Whatever the music genre or generation, the structure and organization of beats are never changing (i.e. timing). Timing is the basis of music and thus the basis of dancing.

Learning to dance will change your life and the way you view movement-- with or without music. 

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