The relational and expressive qualities found in dance make it a unique and special form of communication.
Whether connecting to ourselves through solo movements, or to others through partner or group interaction- dancing is a profound and effective way to relate to one another.
Learning a new skill, such as dancing, allows the mind to practice flexibility. Through relationship we exercise our creativity by exploring our ability to think new ideas when we come across different views, perspectives, and personalities. We all use creativity, all the time! It is not for a select few.
And creativity is for you too, so get ready to learn and have fun with some new dance moves! Through these lessons it is my focus to come alongside you to help you connect to your own rhythm and groove, and to help you embrace your creativity as you invite new learning through partner dancing.
I am excited to start, but what is ballroom dance exactly?
Ballroom dance is a type of dance where two people move to the music using step patterns and rhythms that match the character of a given song. You could think of ballroom dance in two main styles.
- The first, referred to as the Smooth/Ballroom style, are dances that move around the entire dance floor in a counterclockwise fashion giving a wondrous sense of flow. The couple is constantly moving on the dance floor, smoothly transitioning from pattern to pattern. Some examples are: Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Viennese Waltz and Quickstep.
- The second style is the Latin/Rhythm dance. These dances usually stay in one spot of the dance floor and are energetic movements that reflect the syncopated rhythm of the music being danced to. Some examples are: Swing, Rumba/Bolero, Cha Cha, Salsa/Mambo, Merengue, Disco/Hustle, Samba and Paso Doble.
In social dance, steps from ballroom dance are adapted to prepare individuals to dance in a more crowded space.
Ballroom dancing is an activity for all people from all backgrounds which can be enjoyed at any age. It can be taught to an individual or couple in a private dance lesson, or with the individual or couple participating in a group class.
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