Originating in Argentina over a hundred years ago, the tango made its way from Buenos Aires to Europe in the early years of the last century. The passionate dance became very popular in Paris and other European cities. It was adapted for ballroom dancers and became a staple of competitive dance. The International style ballroom tango remains a favourite with today’s ballroom dancers.
An American dance developed in the early 20th century, Quickstep (also known as Foxtrot) is a core component of ballroom dancing. Danced to big band music in a 4/4 time signature, Quickstep moves smoothly around the dance floor. With its heel turns and integrated slow and quick steps, this ballroom dance form combines technical difficulty and grace. The Quickstep's fluid movements and flowing patterns create a ballroom dance very similar to the waltz. In his ballroom dance lessons, Gus breaks down the Quickstep to its simplest rhythms and patterns so that couples enjoy learning this wonderful ballroom dance.
The Viennese Waltz is the oldest and perhaps most famous of the waltzes. Danced at a much faster tempo than the slow waltz, the Viennese Waltz combines speed, grace and rotation for a stunning ballroom dance.
Once a couple has learned the slow waltz, they are ready to learn the Viennese Waltz.
When it first debuted it was considered very risqué but today the dance has become one of the best known and loved of the ballroom dances.
One of the most beautiful ballroom dances, the waltz has been a popular dance for centuries. Originally from Austria, the waltz had made its way through many other countries.
A favorite ballroom dance for centuries, the slow waltz is an elegant, progressive ballroom dance. There is one step for each of the three beats in the waltz measure in the slow waltz.
Couples learning ballroom dance always enjoy the slow waltz.