"WHEN YOU GET THE CHANCE TO SIT IT OUT OR DANCE,
I HOPE YOU DANCE."
Ballroom Dancing isn’t just about steps to music; it is the perfect combination of physical activity and mental stimulation. And it is a ton of fun as well.
A total cardiovascular exercise: Besides being a great way to have fun and meet new people, dancing has been proven to provide great physical and mental benefits. It is a fun way to tone the entire body and get fit. Ballroom dancing works all the major muscle groups, including some that are not often used in other forms of exercise. For example, ballroom dancing extensively works the hip, leg and gluteal muscles, the upper back, especially the shoulders and upper arms, and is especially good for the body’s core. Ballroom Dancing improves coordination, balance, flexibility and strength.
An exercise for the brain: Ballroom dance reduces stress and enhances memory, concentration and alertness. Studies have shown that participating in a social activity such as dance increases self-confidence and results a more positive outlook. Dancing benefits the mind, body and spirit. Learn more at Danceus.org
The Two-Step is a country/western partner dance consisting of a leader and a follower that proceed counterclockwise around the floor.
The Shag is a style of swing dancing that started in Myrtle Beach in the 1940s. Local teens invented the dance that is most suited to beach music.
WEST COAST SWING
A version of the Swing, The West Coast Swing dance style was born in the 1930s with many of the other forms of Swing, such as the Lindy Hop and the Jitterbug.
Line dances have a set sequence of repeated steps in which a group of people dance in rows, usually facing in the same direction.
DANCING ENHANCES LIFE IN SO MANY WAYS
Country & Line Dances
The Waltz is an elegant dance developed in Germany. It is considered to be the basis of most present day ballroom dances. Danced in 3/4 timing.
Developed in the United States in the 1920s, the Foxtrot is characterized by long, smooth, continuous movements.
The Viennese Waltz, different from the Waltz, is the oldest of the ballroom dances. It emerged in the late 18th century in Germany. Danced in a fast 3/4 timing.
A fast version of the Foxtrot, the Quickstep is a light-hearted and fast dance with quick, strong and rhythmic movements.
The Tango, originated in the 1880s in Argentina, is an intimate and romantic dance that originated in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Originated in Harlem, New York, the Swing was developed to dance to the jazz music of the 1920s.
Salsa is a popular social dance that originated in New York City with strong influences from Puerto Rico and Cuba. Salsa is all about having fun; it is not constrained by many rules.
Bachata dance originated in the Dominican Republic and is based a three-step pattern with some hip motion.
The Merengue is the national dance of the Dominican Republic, and to some extent, of Haiti as well. The character of the dance is light with short, precise rhythms.
The Rumba is the most romantic of the Latin dances. Characterized by it's slow sway hip movements.
The Cha-cha is an energetic dance of Cuban origin. It is danced to lively music with a steady beat.
Brought to Brazil by African people, the Samba is a lively, rhythmical dance.
The Jive originated in the United States in the 1930s. It is a dynamic and uninhibited variation of the Swing dance.
Originated in France, the Paso Doble is a theatrical dance that imitates the Spanish bullfight. The man is the matador and the lady is his cape.
There are many things that bring joy to our lives. For us at Midtown Ballroom, dancing is one of them. We want to share that joy and show others how dancing can truly change your life both physically and mentally. Join us today at Midtown Ballroom and let us introduce you to the joy of dancing.