Where to Ballroom Dance!

The Perfect Place for Your Ballroom Dance Steps


By Michael Istaba

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 dance steps.

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 establishment.

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 dance.

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.