Every Wednesday evening we have ballroomclasses at the USC. But what is ballroom dancing?
Actually at Wednesdays we are not only practicing the 5 standard dances that people associate, English Waltz, Tango, Viennese waltz, Slow Foxtrot, and Quickstep. But also the 5 latin dances, Samba, Chachacha, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive. Every dance has its own character and rhythm. The main difference between standard ballroom and latin ballroom is, that in the standard dance you have one position, the ballroom posture. The latin dances are more playful and you can dance parts separate from each other.
The English Waltz is a slow romantic dance, where you can let yourself drifted away on the music. Unlike most of the other ballroom dances, the rhythm consists of 3 counts and not 4. The Tango is more staccato, with strict quick movements. Already since the 18th century, people have been dancing the Viennese Waltz. Try not to get dizzy, because you turn all the time during this dance. And then you learn, slow-quick-quick-slow, the Slow Foxtrot, with its flowing movements. The Rhythm can be tricky, but our teachers will help you. To end with, we have the Quickstep. You are already tired from the first 4 dances and then you have to jump/run around for this last one. As the name says, this is a quick dance, with happy music and a light character. Good luck with not smiling when you dance this one.
Party!! The Samba, based on the samba dances from Brazil, is one big party. If you feel cheeky, the Chachacha is definitely for you, since you are challenging your partner with quick hips and feet. This is probably the first latin dance you will learn. You can dance this on almost every modern song with a four-beat rhythm. If you are more into the romantic mood, you can shift to the Rumba. A nice slow dance on romantic music. To blow of some steam, there is the Paso Doble. This dance is based on the bullfights in Spain. The guy is the matador (the bullfighter) and the girl is the cape (no not the bull :P). The dancers have a strong posture and you can stamp on the ground in this dance. Really nice to release some tension (for example after an exam). Of course we end again with a 2 quick dance, this is the jive. American soldiers brought it to Europe after WOII. Always nice to challenges other couples, to see who can still dance the jive (on the beat) when the speed is turned up.
We hope you will join us and explore the characters of the dances yourself on Wednesday. See you then ☺