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  • Choosing a Dance Studio: Chain vs. Private Studios

    Image by ctbirdsong via Flickr In some cases, many dancers, especially beginners, have a hard time deciding between chain and private dance studios. In the end, you might fall into spending more money than you should. If you feel that you paid too much money to dance in a studio, finish your pa...
  • Ballroom Dance Etiquette: Simple Rules of Dance Etiquette

    Image via Wikipedia In my opinion, dance floor etiquette might just be the most important aspect of dance. If you disagree, then consider this: how many times have you met people who lack manners? I am completely convinced that you did not enjoy their company. It is a little more intense for da...
  • Ballroom dancing beginner steps – Part One: Smooth Dances

    Most beginner ballroom dance classes cover the five most common styles of ballroom dance: Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha, and Swing. The very first ballroom dancing instructions you’ll learn in a beginner dance class are the hold(s) and basic steps of each. Let’s examine the Smooth dance...
  • Women’s Ballroom Dancing Dresses

    In 1982 the aesthetic of competitive ballroom dancing was suddenly and drastically transformed by a handful of the best dancers in the world who boldly showed up to the prestigious British Open Ballroom Competition in flowing “Ginger Rogers style” dresses. At the time strict requirements...
  • The First Professional Ballroom Dancers – Irene & Vernon Castle

    Irene and Vernon Castle were the first ballroom superstars. Early in the 20th century ragtime music became popular in the United States and with it new and liberating styles of dance emerged. Contrasting the stiff and formal schottisches and quadrilles of the past, variations on the Foxtrot became p...
  • Ballroom Dance Camps

    Ballroom dance camps are a great chance to get away, make new friends, and spend days at a time immersed in ballroom dancing! They can also be great ways to get in some intense training and really improve your dance skills! Dance camps generally involve various classes during the day and social...
  • Preparing for Your First Dance Competition

    Participating in a ballroom dance competition is a natural next step for ballroom enthusiasts who have been taking classes and participating in social dances for at least a few months. Dance competitions held for different skill levels. They are generally divided into amateur, professional, or a...
  • Dance Shows on Television

    Dancing shows have existed almost since the dawn of TV. From variety song and dance specials, to the rise of American Bandstand in the 1950’s where teenagers performed, and helped spread, the latest dance craze, and its subsequent, funkier version of 1970’s Soul Train, dancing on TV has ...
  • 8 Best Ballroom Dancing Movies of All Time

    Since its development in the early 20th century, ballroom dancing craze has spanned across the globe. Accordingly, films about the passion, dedication, and spirit of ballroom dancers have appeared over the past fifty years. Here are the top 8 ballroom dancing films of all time: Ballroom Dancing Mo...
  • The History of Ballroom Dancing

    The history of ballroom dancing has its roots deep in human history. Dancing, in one form or another, has likely been part of the human experience for thousands of years. Early forms of dance contributed to ritual and celebration revolving around spiritual beliefs, sustenance, courtship, conflict, a...