Styles of Ballroom Dancing



American Smooth

Dances:  Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz


Developed by the major American ballroom dance studio chains, this style allows open positions (connection between just the hands, no other body contact) and even solo actions.  Waltz is a slow, elegant dance in which partners glide across the floor.  From Austia, the Viennese Waltz incorporate many rotations and spins and is faster paced than the traditional Waltz.  The Foxtrot has some pizzaz and flirtation while still maintaing the long flowing movements.  Tango is a passionate dance.


International Standard

Dances:  Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep


Around the globe (and with many fans in the U.S.), this style of ballroom dance is the most popular. Unlike American Smooth, the International style permits figures in closed position only (partners are required to keep contact through the whole dance).  The Quickstep is a high energy, high paced dance with a lot of jumps, syncopations, lock steps.


American Rhythm
International Latin

Dances:  Cha-Cha-Cha, Rumba, East Cost Swing, West Coast Swing, Bolero, Mambo, Merengue, Salsa, Hustle, Samba, Night Club Two-Step


In the United States, the American Rhythm style of ballroom dancing is used most commonly at social dances.  Cha-Cha-Cha and Rumba are the true core of the style.  Both dances are good way to start learning Cuban motion (combined knee and hip actions) and Quick-Quick-Slow timing.  Cha-Cha-Cha is faster and more playfull.  Both Swing dances have their own following in the St. Louis community and have fun locations to try out your new dance moves.

Dances: Cha-Cha-Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive


Jive demands a lot of stamina, high energy and speed from a dancer to accomodate the fast tempo of the music.  Paso Doble will turn you in a fearless toreador or a beautiful Spanish Flamenco dancer.  Rumba brings passion, sensitivity of a touch, and long lines through the romantic tune of the music.





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