BASIC BALLROOM TERMINOLOGY

Several musicals include partner dancing in their choreography, so we thought it'd be a good idea to share some basic info with you.

Cha-Cha:


The most popular Latin dance composed of quick steps.

 

Fox Trot:

A dance that is similar to a waltz, but danced to a 4/4 tempo.

 

Polka:

Originated as a Bohemian folk dance, in a 2/4 tempo. It is a popular folk dance of many countries.

 

Swing:

Evolved from the jazz era. There are several different styles that fall under this category including: lindy hop (8 count), west coast swing (8 count) and east coast (6 count).

 

Rock Step:

A step similar to a “ball change” that is used in many ballroom dance steps

 

Waltz:


An elegant smooth dance in a 3/4 tempo, with accent on the first beat.

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