Arthur Murray San Jose Defines Ballroom Dancing
San Jose’s recent blog gives us a very interesting rundown of ballroom dancing from yesteryear through today.
- While there are many forms of dancing designed for solo performers, partners, and groups, ballroom dancing is traditionally performed by two partners—one male and one female. Ball, from the Latin word for dance, is a term used to describe a celebration where party guests dance together. Originally, ballroom dancing was reserved for the wealthy, while the lower classes practiced what was known as folk dancing.
- Over time, ballroom dancing became popular among dancers of all ages and from all backgrounds. It didn’t take long before ballroom dancing became a favorite activity both socially and competitively. During the early 20th century, ballroom dancing began to focus more on individual movement of partners, bringing even more popularity and interest. This time period also saw the growth in popularity of different musical genres, including jazz. Dance enthusiasts felt inspired to create new moves and styles for these new sounds.
- Today, dancers and dance students can choose from a wide variety of ballroom dances to master. We teach a number of these wonderful dances here at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio of San Jose. We teach our students to dance the Bolero, a dance performed to slow-tempo Latin music. We also go over the Tango, a famous dance with different styles. Other dances include the timeless Waltz, performed to slower Waltz music, and the Mambo, an exciting and fast-paced dance.
Thanks San Jose for the rundown through history!
Arthur Murray Dance News
- by ami_support
- posted at 12:10 pm
- January 23, 2012
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