Dances

Everyone who joins the Michigan Ballroom Dance Team can learn all the dances displayed on this page, and more! Some of the dances that aren’t included on this page are social dances like salsa/mambo, hustle, merengue, bachata, and west coast swing. Browse through the dances that you’ll be learning!

International Latin

Cha-Cha

The cha-cha is a cheeky and flirty dance. It is an upbeat dance with sharp movements, heaps of attitude and lots of sweat. Easy to learn and fun to master.

Rumba

“The rumba is the vertical expression of a horizontal wish. You have to hold her like the skin on her thigh is your reason for living. Let her go like your heart’s being ripped from your chest. Throw her back like you’re going to have your way with her right here on the dance floor. And then finish like she’s ruined you for life. ” – Strictly Ballroom

Samba

The samba originated in Brazil as a dance for street festivals and celebrations. It’s full of hip action and its a ton of fun.

Pasodoble

The pasodoble is a stylization of the movements performed by a toreador in the bull-fighting arena. It is the most powerful and aggressive dance, characterized by distinctive music and frequent posing.

Jive

The jive is the most energetic and physically demanding of the competitive dances. Its style is part east coast swing, part west coast swing, part Latin motion, and part rock and roll.

 

International Standard

Waltz

The waltz is a smooth, progressive dance characterized by long, flowing movements, continuous turns, and rise and fall. Graceful and elegant, waltz dancers glide around the floor almost effortlessly. The tempo is slow, but the expressive quality of the music often invites very powerful and dynamic movement from dancers. It’s the dance you should use on your wedding day.

Tango

In the late 19th century, Buenos Aires was filled with immigrants from Europe and Africa. The variety of cultures combined to bring about a new style of music, formed from African beats, Indian rhythms, Latin influences, and the popular music of the pampas in Argentina. This new music was dubbed tango.

As they did with many other dances, Europeans adopted the tango and made it their own. A very powerful dance was the result, with big movements, dramatic gestures, and quick snaps of the head from one position to another.

Foxtrot

The foxtrot is a smooth, progressive dance characterized by long, continuous flowing movements across the dance floor. Foxtrot is danced to 4/4 big band (usually vocal) music. Popular singers of music suitable for foxtrot are Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, and Dinah Shore.

Quickstep

The quickstep is a fast-paced, lively dance, characterized by hops, skips and runs. It’s the dance that brings out the kid in you. Music for the quickstep is usually up-tempo and jazzy.

Viennese Waltz

The Viennese waltz is characterized by big, grand and constantly whirling movement across the floor. Traditionally, the name Viennese waltz refers to a very specific musical genre: the relatively fast waltzes of the the Romantic era in Vienna.


Summary

International Latin International Standard
Cha Cha Waltz
Rumba Tango
Samba Foxtrot
Paso Doble Quickstep
Jive Viennese Waltz