By De nita Co o pe r

Ballroom Dancing
Tango Quickstep Waltz Foxtrot

Ballroom Dancing Started..
Ballroom Dancing started as being a Dance for the  more wealthy people in community’s leaving Folk  Dancing to the lower class. Ballroom Dancing is a  dance between two people with Charisma. Ballroom  dancing requires emotion and dancing from the  heart. Ballroom became a very popular dance in the  1900’s, Ballroom became the social event of the  community, every week families would go to their  nearest hall and dance the night away. In the 1990’s  Ballrooms popularity disappeared because all the  people that were interested had either died or could  no longer dance, this was until TV shows like  “Dancing with the Stars” and “So you Think you can  Dance” came to peoples TV screens. Ballroom  Dancing is a very Popular Dance in the 2000’s.

Some Types Of Ballroom Dancing
Foxtrot – The Foxtrot was create by Harry Fox in 1914, it was created in NYC Quickstep – The Quickstep was created in 1925 but was called the Charleston Waltz.  Tango – The Tango was born in the back street gutters of Buenos Aires,  Argentina,  In the early 1800’s. Cha­cha – The Cha­cha was created in 1948, It is a Cuban family Dance. Paso Doble – The Paso Doble is an Spanish and French dance,  Jive – The Jive started in the 1930’s in USA Mambo – The Mambo was created in Afro­Caribbean and Latin American  cultures found on The island of Cuba. The dance was created around the 1940’s  Waltz – The Waltz was created in Vienna, Austria in the seventeenth century.

Ballroom Dancing Timeline
        1930’s           Jive 1940’s Mambo 






Waltz Tango

1914 Foxtrot

1948 Cha­cha

1925 Quickstep

The Tango was born in the back­street gutters of  Buenos  Aires. The Tango was influenced by both  Irish and Spanish minds. The Tango is a famous  dance for Emotion.  Being Spanish the Tango’s  costume usually contains red.


Tango  is a dance about Emotion  and love, this is a  dance of love.  Tango requires moment of the feet and  hips all emotions must come from the heart.


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The waltz is a very elegant dance. It was created in Vienna, Austria in the 17th century. The waltz started as a simple country dance but then grew into a dance that was danced in the upper class circles of Austria, England and France. In the 1700’s the closed hold was introduced, in some cases woman could only dance the closed hold waltz if they were married. In 1834 the first waltz was danced in the USA, the dance took place in Boston. Music was made especially for the waltz some include: “Minute Waltz” by Frederic Chopin “The Blue Danube” by Johann Strauss.

Whisk Step The Whisk Step is a  very important step  in the Waltz.  The Whisk is turn  that is inserted into  the Waltz to add  character and style. Box Step The Box Step is a step  that can be added to the  Waltz. The Box step is simply 1­ 2­3 1­2­3 going in a box.


The Quickstep is a faster version of the Foxtrot. The Quickstep was created years after the foxtrot. The Quickstep requires relaxed shoulders legs and hips to be able to move swiftly around the Floor.

Famo us Mo ve s:
•Advanced Whisk to the Left •Advanced Whisk to the Right •Lady’s underarm turn to  Right •Lady’s underarm turn to Left

The Foxtrot was  created by Harry Fox  in 1914, Harry Fox  created the foxtrot in  New York City. The  Foxtrot is a dance that  involves moving the  back leg in a smooth  and floorless action.  The original Foxtrot  was a faster and less  smooth dance however  the faster style of the  foxtrot is still danced  and taught in  ballrooms across the  world.

Famous Moves:
*Whisk/Cross Around

Mary Murphy

People know Mary Murphy as a judge off “So you think you can dance America” but that is not all she is famous for. Mary Ann Murphy is a ballroom champion and accredited chirographer in the USA and all around the world. Mary was born on the 9 of March in Lancaster, Ohio. Mary moved to Washington DC after graduating from Ohio University. Mary Graduated with a degree in Physical Education and a minor in modern Dance. Mary moved to Washington to begin her career in Ballroom Dancing, she became an instructor and after two weeks in the job she was invited by the studio owner to attend the United States Ballroom Championships in NYC, this event helped Mary to commit herself to a life in ballroom dancing. Mary had many partners and won many competitions, in 1990 Mary started up a academy in San Diego, which was called the Champion Ballroom Academy, this was in San Diego. Mary is on the judging panalon “So you think you can Dance” and also judges several reputable competitions including the United States National Ballroom Championships.

Shoes are a very important part of  ballroom dancing, If the shoe doesn’t fit  the Dance can become unbalanced and  unsmooth.  *Shoe number one is a Lady's white  satin court shoe. This Shoe can be dyed  to match your dress as well as being  comfortable .*Shoe number two is a two tone leather  court shoe with crossover straps which  creates a fashion detail * Shoe number 3 is a lady’s two tone  Latin dance shoe. *shoe number 4 is a ballroom men's  shoe, this she is made of leather or  patent leather. *Shoe number six is a men's Latin  leather shoe. It can either be made of 


Make up
Make  up is no t a must have  but it is expe c te d.  Danc e r’ s are  expe c te d to  lo o k pre se ntable  and  Ele gant. So me  pe o ple  just we ar make up to   make  the ir fac e  lo o k flo o rle ss and smo o th.

Box Step


Where Can You Learn
Tango:  Waltz:  Quickstep:  Foxtrot:
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You can learn all the following from:

Marshere Dance studio • • Dance studio G & L Peirce • 54430286

Ballroom Dancing Movies
 Strictly   Dirty   Shall


Dancing We Dance

Foxtrot Dress

Waltz Dress

Costumes are a huge part  of ballroom dancing.  Costumes define the  different dance, When the  Tango is danced there  usually red involved in  the costumes.

Any Dance Dress

Tango Dress

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