Ballroom

English Waltz

The English Waltz is danced in 3/4, with a smooth, gliding motion. It developed from an Austrian folk dance, and the name is derived from the Old German "walzen", meaning "to roll, turn or glide".

Tempo: 28-30 measures per minute
Taught in: Beginner, Novice, Intermediate
Competed (university circuit): All levels

Tango

The Tango originated in the bars and ports of Argentina and Uruguay in the early twentieth century. The modern ballroom tango was codified in England in 1922, and is highly stylised, charactised by stalking movements and staccato head turns.

Tempo: 31-33 measures per minute
Taught in: Extension, Intermediate
Competed (university circuit): Intermediate+

Viennese Waltz

The Viennese Waltz was the first ballroom dance to be performed in closed hold. It is a rotary dance, where the couple is contantly turning to the leader's right or left, with a change step to alter the direction of rotation.

Tempo: 58-60 measures per minute
Taught in: Extension, Intermediate
Competed (university circuit): Intermediate+

Slow Foxtrot

The competitive Slow Foxtrot was standardised in England, after being popularised by the American Broadway couple Vernon and Irene Castle. It is characterised by long, flowing, continuous movements around the floor.

Tempo: 28-30 measures per minute
Taught in: Extension, Intermediate
Competed (university circuit): Intermediate+

Quickstep

The Quickstep evolved from a mixture of the foxtrot and some of the swing dances, and was codified in England in 1927. The dance is fast-paced, with lots of syncopated steps and involves plenty of momentum and rotation.

Tempo: 50-52 measures per minute
Taught in: Beginner, Novice, Intermediate
Competed (university circuit): All levels