Partner Dances – You Won’t Believe How Many There Are

It occurred to me that some lovers of ballroom dancing might not realize the wonderful variety of styles they have to choose from. When it comes to partner dances, it seems like anything goes. Not only that, but it’s easy to decide what’s right for you. In order to make any dance decision, simply imagine being a part of a group of like-minded dancers moving to the music that makes you smile.

Furthermore, by my count, there are 39 dances. Whew!

Professional Competition Dances

International Style

As you’ve probably already figured out, International style is danced all over the world. As a matter of fact, the partner dancing syllabus is standardized and the same manual is used by dance studios in every country.

There are two styles, Ballroom and Latin. While the Latin dances are flashy and highly choreographed, the Ballroom dances are done while maintaining body contact.

International Ballroom Dances

Foxtrot, Slow Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Tango, Quickstep

International Latin Dances

Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Paso Doble, Jive

American Style

As far as the dances, the only difference between American Smooth and International Ballroom is the Smooth does not include Quickstep. Additionally, American Smooth is danced with both open and close-contact moves. In fact, it’s not unusual to see side-by-side positions, turns and spins, kicks, and elaborate arm styling in these partner dances.

American Smooth Dances

Foxtrot, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Tango

American Rhythm Dances

Rumba, Cha Cha, East Coast Swing, Bolero, Mambo

Next are the Social Dances

Latin Club Dances

Salsa, Casino, Bachata, Merengue, Kizomba, Samba, Zouk, Cumbia, Reggaeton, Argentine Tango

Social Dances for Lovers of Blues, Jazz, and Ragtime Music

If you feel like you belong in a different, long ago day and age, some of these dances will definitely appeal to you. With this in mind, you’ll benefit by asking around about meet-ups and old-time dance clubs.

West Coast Swing, Nightclub Two Step, Balboa, Charleston, Lindy Hop, Peabody, Hustle

Finally, let’s not forget these classic partner dances…

In other words, these dances have been around a long time. By all means, learn them and dance them with joy in your heart. That is if you love the music.

Polka, Country Two Step, Bossa Nova

There you have it. What do you think? Did I miss any? If you know of some others, please let me know in the comments below and I’ll add them to the post.

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