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Social dancing

Started

period.

with the court dances during the Renaissance

Typical

of the characteristics of the period, people were free in expressing themselves in art, poetry, music and dance
All

the courts in Europe were trying to outdo themselves in presenting the most elaborate ball.
Today

the same dances are presented in proms, elaborate cotillions

Phases of social dancing

The Foxtrot Period-It is generally believed that a Vaudeville star by the name of Harry Fox began what today we call the Foxtrot. In the summer of 1914 Harry and his company of "American Beauties" put on a dancing act in the New York Theater. As part of his act, he was doing trotting steps to ragtime music, and people referred to this dance as "Fox's Trot".

The Charleston Period- This new dance craze influenced by roaring twenties music was characterizes by the legs kicking either to the front or back.

The swing Period

The Swing Era (also frequently referred to as the "Big Band Era") was the period of time (19351946) when big band swing music was the most popular music in the United States. Though swing music was most popular during this period, the music had actually been around since the late 1920s and early 1930s, being played by black bands led by such artists as Duke Ellington, Jimmie Lunceford, Benny Moten, Cab Calloway, and Fletcher Henderson

The Latin Dance

Latin melodies became the craze in this period. The tango became stylized: cuban rhumba was revived: samba from brazil followed and the mambo shook up the dancers.

The Rock Period

After the WWII, the big bands were replaced by small combos of only two or three instruments and a vocalist. The instrument were the drum set, 2 electric guitars and wind instrument. This type of dance gave more freedom to the younger generation to express themselves more freely and energetic

Ballroom dance

is a set of partner dances, which are enjoyed both socially and competitively around the world. Because of its performance and entertainment aspects, ballroom dance is also widely enjoyed on stage, film, and television.

Five Positions

The Closed Position in the smooth ballroom dances is the most basic and common position used to move around the dance floor. Positioning Man and lady stand in front of each other in body contact, slightly offset to the left. The feet should be positioned slightly offset so that the right foot of either partner can step between the other partner's feet.

The outside left (or left parallel) position is very similar to the basic closed position. The lady's feet should be to the left of the mans feet. Both partners' left shoulders should be directly across from one another. The mans should place his right hand slightly lower on the womans back.

In one of the most basic ballroom dance positions, the promenade, both partners face the same direction instead of facing each other.

Begin in the closed position. Turn toward your clasped hands so a V-shape is achieved. The man should place his right hand on the lady's back. The lady's left hand should rest on the man's back. Partners should turn their feet slightly in the direction of travel. Both the man and the lady should look toward their joined hands.

The outside right position (or right parallel) is very similar to the basic closed position. The lady's feet should be to the right of the mans feet. Both partners'right shoulders should be directly across from one another. The man should place his right hand slightly lower on the ladys back.