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Ballroom Dancing

For those of us honest-to-goodness gentlemen who know better. There are few things more manly than leading your lady to the ballroom floor, wearing your best wingtip dance shoes, and leading her in a good old fashioned jive.

Location: Dancetown
Members: 107
Latest Activity: Jan 22

Okay, quiz for you. What’s the fastest way to get a beautiful woman into your arms and you don’t even need to know her name.

Give up?

Ask her to dance!

I'm here to tell you, gentlemen, that the way to a Woman's heart is through ballroom dancing, plain and simple. I care not, what you look like, or how much money you have in the bank. If you can dance, you will always have a lady at your side. It's just the nature of the beastette.

This group is for anyone that can or wants to learn or just chat about:

International Style

International Standard
Slow Waltz - Tango - Viennese Waltz - Slow Foxtrot - Quickstep

International Latin
Cha Cha - Samba - Rumba - Paso Doble - Jive

American Style

American Smooth
Waltz - Tango - Foxtrot - Viennese Waltz

American Rhythm
Cha Cha - Rumba - East Coast Swing - Bolero - Mambo

Historical/Vintage Dance

Waltz - Polka - Schottische - Tango - One-Step - Foxtrot - Peabody

Other dances occasionally categorized as ballroom

Nightclub
Nightclub Two-step - Hustle - Modern Jive / LeRoc / Ceroc - and the whole swing variety: West Coast Swing / East Coast Swing/ Lindy Hop (always included in the "Rhythm-Swing" category) / Carolina Shag / Collegiate Shag

Latin nightclub
Salsa - Merengue - Cumbia - Bachata - Cha cha

Brazilian Dances
Forró - Pagode - Samba de Gafieira - Lambada

Country/Western
Polka - Cha-cha-cha - Two-step - Waltz...
also referred to as "C/W"

Cajun dances
Cajun One Step or Cajun Jig - Cajun Two Step - Zydeco - Cajun Waltz - Cajun Jitterbug

Musette dances
Java, musette-waltz, musette-tango, musette-paso-doble.

Other
Argentine tango and any others you want to throw in!

Discussion Forum

Learning via Internet videos

Started by Matt S.. Last reply by Arne Christiansen Aug 30, 2015. 3 Replies

Becoming the consummate leader

Started by John L. Last reply by Clint Steele Mar 31, 2013. 5 Replies

And 1 and 2 and 3...

Started by David P. Lochner. Last reply by Jeffrey J Johnson Mar 28, 2013. 1 Reply

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Comment by Alan Titter on January 24, 2013 at 12:44am

i started dancing more than 30 years ago. It was sort of decided for me by my parents and i am glad i did. I met my wife at dancing and 30 years later we still dance together socially.It is pretty amazing really considering my wife was born nerve deaf.It has become an activity for the both of us to share together and an excuse for her to buy clothes.couples who do not ballroom dance together i feel are missing something. You can have many reasons not to dance when all you need is one reason to dance.

Comment by Clint Steele on December 29, 2012 at 1:36am

Gentlemen,

I have a favour to ask.

I write a blog on social dance that focuses on developing attribute to help people learn the skills that they need as efficiently as possible. - Dance Better Now

I am always looking for specific issue that people have when learning social dance (ballroom, swing, Latin etc.).

If you have anything that's troubling you, then please drop me a line. I am keen to help, but you're doing me a favour too.

Clint

Comment by Sean N on September 11, 2011 at 9:08pm

Just started ballroom lessons this semester - thus far we've done some basic salsa and swing steps, and I'm loving it!

 

Man, though, those dances can be a workout!

Comment by Michael D. Denny on February 8, 2011 at 6:53pm
Just took my first Salsa lesson this afternoon. WOOHOO!!!!! Had an absolute blast, can't wait for my next class. Had so much fun I'm thinking of taking it to two classes a week instead of one.
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Comment by Mal on January 22, 2011 at 7:24pm
Does anyone know of a soure on the East Cost for Mens Ballroom Tails???
Comment by Jeffrey Lindsey on January 22, 2011 at 1:31am

Jakob: I can see the difficulty in finding ballroom dance opportunities while in high school.  Social ballroom dances and ballroom dance classes are often dominated by middle-aged adults and up, and even those of the younger generation usually don't get involved until they're in college.

 

The first step I suggest for you is to find an appropriate venue.  Look for dance studios in your area that focus on ballroom dancing.  Ask about dance parties that are hosted at the studio, or if they know of any other events in the area.  A dance party that also includes a lesson for beginners before hand would work well for you.  If you prefer to get a better idea of what you're doing before you go to a dance party, you could also look into dance classes, either at a studio or at a community college.

 

As for getting your peers interested in joining you, the power of the group will have the greatest effect here.  It will be difficult to gain interest if just a couple people will be going to some event, but the more people there are going together, the easier it will be to get more interest.

 

One final though: if you can't bring your friends to the dance, bring the dance to your friends?  Maybe you could find a dance instructor interested in organizing something with your high school to spark some interest in ballroom dancing.

Comment by Jakob P. G. on January 21, 2011 at 11:51pm
Gentlemen; I am in need of some advice. I am currently in highschool, unfortunatly, and i find that opportunities to dance properly are far and inbetween. Not to mention, most girls have no interest in waltzing, or any other pleasant dance for that matter. How would one go about convincing one's contemporaries to try it out?
Comment by Jared on October 1, 2009 at 11:48pm
I agree dancing is by far the easiest way to start an interaction with a lady.

On top of that learning some basic dance moves from swing, salsa, and rumba will allow you dance to just about any song, even if your partner has no idea what your doing.

It's a great way to make both of you look great!
Comment by Adam on October 1, 2009 at 9:54pm
My wife and I have been taking weekly ballroom classes for about a year. While waltzing, foxtrotting and swing are not really useful in a club scene, Latin dances like mambo and cha-cha work with just about any music and are not too hard to learn.
 

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