Where to Ballroom Dance!
Place for Your Ballroom Dance Steps
Ballroom dancing has changed over
the years to be less common and adapted to the different countries.
There are International and American dance styles. While they may not
vary over much, there are a few differences in each. For instance, the
International style is based more on technique while the American style
is more prone to the theatrical. Knowing where to dance, occasions you
may be called upon to dance, the etiquette, and where to go for social
ballroom dancing will help you find the perfect place for your ballroom
Perhaps we should start with etiquette for ballroom dancing, as it is
very important. To gain access to clubs, it is important to observe the
etiquette required not only in dress, but also in manner. First, dress
is important. If the club you wish to visit requires formal wear, you
must appear in the proper clothing. Knowing if the club requires black
or white tie and ball gowns is as important as a club requiring a less
formal dress. When searching for your desired place to dance, you will
want to learn the etiquette required. Not only is dressing important,
but how you act once in a ballroom. There are tips for accepting a
dance, declining a dance, asking for a dance, and how to act on the
floor once there. To ask a person to dance has changed. It was once
considered a faux pas for a lady to ask a person of interest to dance.
Now the lady may ask another to dance. Making certain to have eye
contact with the individual is important when asking to dance so that no
other may mistake your inclinations. There is even etiquette when a
person of interest is a part of a conversation and whether you should
interrupt. Knowing the establishment's etiquette is important when
joining his or her company especially so as not to offend anyone.
Social ballrooms have become most popular. These are ballrooms where you
can meet new people and gather to talk as much as to share your passion
of dancing. Social ballrooms have their own etiquette, which is, of
course, important to learn. You might need to receive an invitation to
some of the ballrooms before you will be allowed admittance. Other
social ballrooms may allow as many individuals as will fit in the
It is important to know the type of dances you will be required to
perform at these clubs, parties, or formal occasions. Many dances exist
but the most common are the foxtrot, waltz, swing, and rumba. Knowing
the dances may not be enough, because of the International and American
styles available, you might seek a club that befits your style of dance.
The swing or rumba may be more important to the Latin clubs or form of
If you are a part of cotillions or formal parties, you might be called
upon to dance the waltz or the foxtrot. There are many places to learn
ballroom dancing, as well as clubs you might like to join once you have
a firm grasp of the dances required of you. Dance studios will allow you
to learn the dances in a less formal setting, often not requiring any
formal dress. These studios teach ballroom dances, hold competitions,
and may allow you to dance without lessons on certain nights.
Ballroom dancing has become a great pastime of late. Where once people
where taught to dance for the season in England to gain marriages and
have an enjoyable time we have now evolved into taking lessons as a mere
hobby. While competitions are out there for those who wish to test their
skills, there are also clubs for social gatherings much like they used
to be. Places for anyone to visit and see friends. With the two styles
of dance it gives you more places to choose from. Etiquette or the rules
asked of you in a place may further limit your choice of establishments
so you will feel most comfortable in the place you have chosen.