Ballroom dances are couple dances where one partner leads and the other follows. The smooth style dances are performed with the couple dancing over the entire dance floor. This type of dancing includes the Quickstep, Viennese Waltz, the Tango, the Waltz, and the Foxtrot.
The Foxtrot is the world’s most popular ballroom dance. This dance originated in the United States in 1913 when a Vaudeville stage performer named Harry Fox would perform the trot as part of his act. The Foxtrot was a huge leap forward for ballroom dance in as much as it was the first dance to incorporate both Slow (two beat) and quick (one beat) steps. Fred Astaire is most famous for his wonderful Foxtrots, and his movie performances set the standard for what has since become the American Style Foxtrot.
Rudolph Valentino single-handedly danced this Latin import into nationwide popularity beginning in 1910. Although widely believed to have originated in Argentina, it actually may have come from Spain. It’s dramatic, exciting and known as the Dancer’s Dance. The Tango with all its staccato movements greatly improves a man’s lead or a woman’s ability to follow (respond) and develops a strong sense of feeling for music.
Waltz is known as the “Mother of All Dances”. It is the fundamental Ballroom dance. Originating hundreds of years ago in Bavarian Europe, the original Waltz had a much faster tempo and was more similar to our modern Viennese Waltz. What distinguishes the Waltz is the character, which has been described as 'being in love- forever'. It helps to develop graceful movement and poise.
The Quickstep is a quick version of the Foxtrot. It is a ballroom dance comprised of extremely quick stepping, syncopated feet rhythms, and runs of quick steps. The Quickstep is exciting to watch, but among the most difficult of all the ballroom dances.