Ballroom Dancing has a rich history of elegance, tradition and passion. Its origins date back to the very early 1900s in England. The Ballroom Dances of England and Europe were divided into two categories, International Ballroom and International Latin. The International Ballroom dances are Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Slow Fox Trot and Quick Step. Traditionally, and still competitively today, these dances use a more formal, closed ballroom hold and long, beautiful flowing dresses as well as formal attire for the man. The International Latin dances are Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Paso Doble and Jive. These dances are rhythmical, and the costumes tend to be more sensual by the lady and more tightly- fitted, casual costuming by the man.
In the United States, Ballroom Dancing and other social partner dancing was also developing. Sources site 1920 as the beginning of this development. Here in the United States, we have American Smooth and American Rhythm. The American Smooth dances are Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot and Viennese Waltz. These dances differ from the International Ballroom dances in their frame work. In the American Style, the couples will often break away from each other, much like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The American Rhythm dances are Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Bolero and Mambo. These dances are also very sensual and playful, with sexy costuming.
Here at the Delaware House, you can learn any of these four styles, and you can get involved in Ballroom Dancing in many ways. If you are more of a social dancer, you can take a private lesson or attend one of our group ballroom dance classes that are held weekly. Each month there is a Ballroom Social for you to practice your new moves. If your goals are more advanced, and you want to participate in Pro-Am Ballroom Competitions, our qualified instructors can help you achieve that goal.
To get started at the Delaware House, you can show up to one of the next Ballroom Group Classes, or you can contact the instructor of your choice to schedule a private lesson. Our Ballroom Dancing instructors are:
There are never pressure sales here or contracts required. Browse the bio pages to locate each instructor’s contact information.