Ballroom Dancing is when a couple performs any of the various social dances that follow a pattern of predictable steps. Examples of these dances are the tango, waltz, fox trot and quick step. It has an immensely amplified popularity spreading across Europe, the Americas and Asia. Ballroom dancing has had a relatively short but interesting history and has evolved from a recreational activity to a worldwide sporting event.
Ballroom dancing originated in England in the late 18th and early 19th centuries in which these dances, such as the waltz, were performed by the upper and elite classes of society in balls and parties. During the late 19th to the early 20th centuries, it became a trend among the working and middle class where they would go to gatherings and events in public dance halls. In the early 1920s, ballroom dancing competitions started to boom that in 1924, an organization was formed called the Ballroom Branch of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. The objective of this organization was to standardize and formalize ballroom dancing techniques, sets of steps and music to which it was danced to.
In legitimate Dance Sport competitions and in social events, there are five standard dances. These are the Modern and the Viennese Waltz, the Tango, the Slow Foxtrot and the Quickstep. These dances are standardized and categorized into segregated teaching levels and utilize vocabulary, rhythm and tempo and techniques which are accepted internationally.
Although these dances come from very different backgrounds and have special techniques, aesthetics, rhythms and tempos, they do share common qualities. All ballroom dances, as with all forms of dance, are expressions of feelings, thoughts and emotions. These dances may be stricter than other forms of dance and may limit the range of steps and body movement involved, but it is still one of the best expressions of love, joy and pain between two people.
Also, all ballroom dances are performed by only two people, usually a man and a woman. These dances are performed in a certain position termed as the "Closed Hold". In this position, the couple strictly remains in contact in five different points or places. These five points consists of three hand contacts, one elbow contact and one chest contact.
The first hand contact occurs when the man's left hand holds the lady's right hand. Second is when the lady's left hand is placed at the top of the man's right upper arm. In the tango, the lady's left hand is placed behind the man's arm, not on top of it. The third contact is when the man's right hand is placed under the left shoulder blade on the lady's back. The fourth contact is when the lady's left elbow rests on the man's right elbow and both arms are kept in a horizontal line. The lady's arms are held comfortably by the man's and permit her to follow the man's lead with ease. This also gives the couple the appearance of having a bearing of royalty. This is an important characteristic in the ballroom dances that came from Western Europe because these dances were performed in the royal courts. The last point of contact is where the right area of the chest of one touches the right area of his partner. This closeness allows very little room between the partners' faces thus contributing to the dance's romantic appeal.
Do you have a wedding coming up? Are you trying to be more active in your lifestyle? You might want to think about that special dance that you are going to have to do in front of all those people. There are classes available for you to consider ballroom dancing.
Have you ever tried dance classes? They are so much fun when you can get in there and just dance. You will learn to ballroom dance individually, as a large class or with a partner. This is such a great opportunity because you are going to be able to learn new moves and understand your body better as well as meet new friends and bond with your loved ones. Whether you are doing this by yourself or with someone else there are many benefits.
You are going to get a great work out. Let's be honest here, we could all use a little extra exercise right? Well ballroom dancing really gets you moving and twisting. You won't even realize that you are working out because you will be having so much fun doing it. You won't even want to stop when the lesson is over! If you are having trouble finding the time to spend at the gym why not kill two birds with one stone and join a dance class?
Dance classes teach you a number of things. They teach you the strong points of your body and the weak points too. They will get your muscles moving in ways they have never done before and it will allow you to have a more attractive poise. You will feel a new air of self esteem wash over you and your new confidence will really show on and off the dance floor. Being in better shape and having stronger muscles is important.
Learning to ballroom dance is not too difficult but some of the moves can be a challenge. You will portray more elegance in your every-day life as well as impress everyone around you with your skills when you hit the dance floor. You are going to be much happier because your endorphins will be setting off through your new active lifestyle.
Ballroom dancing is a great addition to anyone's life. Whether you are trying to change your lifestyle a little bit, add more excitement or need to learn ballroom dancing for something specific you will completely benefit from taking classes.