Ballroom (also known as Standard) dancing is recognizable by its formal poise and fluidity on the floor. Standard dances are traveling dances and require a large floor.
The five Standard dances are Waltz, Tango, Quickstep, Foxtrot, and Viennese Waltz.
"...the feeling of being in love, forever"
When people hear the phrase 'Ballroom Dance', they invariably think of the Waltz. Waltz is THE fundamental Ballroom dance and a strong foundation in Waltz is the basis of understanding other ballroom dances.
"The tango is the man and woman in search of each other"
The tango is the most passionate ballroom dance and has its roots in Argentina. It is characterized by sharp movements punctuated by soft, tender moments in between.
"...unquestionably the most attractive expression of rhythm the world has ever known"
This fast-paced dance evolved from the foxtrot and the charleston out of the 20's. It's characterized by rapid hops, runs and skips that's accompanied by distinctive big band music.
"Because of its smoothness, it is often referred to as the Rolls Royce of the standard dances"
A beautiful dance characterized by smooth movements across the floor. The Foxtrot is a slower version of the Quickstep and was popularized by Fred Astaire.
"It’s just turning, turning, turning..."
Arguably the hardest standard dance for beginners, but the easiest to master, the Viennese Waltz only has seven steps, four of which are turns. The Viennese is double the speed of the regular Waltz and is an impressive dance to watch.