Category: Dances

Perfect 10: The quickstep By Claire Saul

Social trends, fashion, music… just three of the factors that have shaped hold, tempo, style and many other aspects of dance over the years. We have already heard how in 1914, vaudeville performer Harry Fox gave his name to the “Fox’s trot”, adapting his complicated two-step routine to create a more manageable rhythm for his lady partners and simultaneously providing an antidote to the increasingly popular but rather suggestive “animal dances” of the ragtime era.

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Perfect 10: The samba By Rachelle Stretch

The samba – notoriously the hardest of the Latin dances – captures the atmosphere of Rio’s carnival. It brings to mind street parties, with loud, infectious music, bright colours and scantily clad passistas in headdresses dancing through the night. But how relevant is this image to the samba danced in competitive ballrooms today?

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Perfect 10: The foxtrot By Rachelle Stretch

The slow foxtrot is known to be one of the hardest dances to perfect in the ballroom world, because of the difficulties in mastering the technique and the co-ordination required to give the dance its character. The dance has not had a simple history either – being influenced by several dance styles and undergoing a number of transformations.

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Whats behind the name of a figure? Compiled by Pedro Coimbra

As many other dancers and teachers I am curious and would like to know more about the origin of the names of the dance steps in Ballroom and Latin American Dances. Many of us would like to have a history book of Ballroom and Latin American Dances including a dictionary/thesaurus explaining the origin of the names of the steps.

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Steve Powell on Quickstep

By Steve Powell Having been fortunate enough to adjudicate the early sessions of the recent British Open Dance Festival, I was able to witness, up

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