At some point in your ballroom journey, you’ll likely hear someone reference “the syllabus” or maybe a level like bronze/silver/gold or beginner/intermediate/advance. The ballroom syllabus exists to define a standard set of moves that may be expected at each syllabus level in every dance. It provides dancers with an idea of what they can do on the competition floor or their level of social dancing. The syllabus encompasses bronze through gold. Continue reading
Let’s talk about class! Whether a competitor or social dancer or an amalgam of the two, there’s a good chance that at some point in your ballroom experience, you’ve attended a lesson or regularly attend lessons. Following are a few thoughts on lesson etiquette that may be applied to group or private lessons.
East coast swing describes a triple step swing, which traditionally is done to 4/4 time. The tempo is 136-144 beats per minute; however the following are some slower selections to help practice. Continue reading
Following are John’s notes on Amanda’s 2015 workshop on American bronze waltz and cha, as well as silver rhythm.
East coast swing describes a triple step swing, which traditionally is done to 4/4 time. Tempo is 136-144 beats per minute. Following are some suitable songs for practice.
American cha cha music is in 4/4 time at 112-120 beats per minute. The following are songs you can use for American cha cha practice.
American rumba is in 4/4 time with a tempo of 128-144 beats per minute. Here are some songs you can use for practice in American rumba.
American viennese waltz is in 6/8 or 3/4 time with a tempo of 162 beats per minutes. International viennese waltz is 174-180 beats per minute. The following songs are a mixture of American and International tempos.
American tango is in 4/4 time and is 120-128 beats per minute. Following are some songs you can use for practice.
American waltz is in 3/4 time and is 84-96 beats per minute (International is 84-90). The following are some songs you can use for American waltz.