Ballroom dance requires suitable music, as freestyle, dancesport or competition is referred to “open” dancing so too is the music. The music requires the correct tempo and feel but not so the sets or sequence.
Social ballroom dance (is sequenced dancing – wherein all participants theoretically execute the same steps in the same direction in an anti clockwise circle around the floor)
Musically incorrect terms for Waltz feels etc shall be listed here to try and coincide with the generally accepted dance terms. ie” a Vienesse waltz is a distinct fast paced waltz around 65 bars per minute with a feel like the well known “Blue Danude” waltz but has been adopted by dancers as any fast waltz – mid 20th century in Australia Old Time waltzes became known as New Vogue waltzes, this was mainly to avoid confusion with the English Old Time Waltzes which have since become known as the Classical Waltz.In relation to dance: The main difference between New Vogue waltz style and the English Classical waltz is the floor positions. The new Vogue Waltz using parallel foot positions where the English Classical Waltz use ballet foot positions. So in “dance” without a uniform system over the many years the sequence world has adopted some conventions in general
eg: there are four dance tempo’s for the waltz all being in 3/4 time
1 – Modern /Jazz waltz between 28 & 32 bars per minute
2 – English Classical or Folk waltz between 42 & 48 bars per minute
3 – Old Time / New Vogue between 52 & 55 bars per minute
4 – Viennese at 60 bars per minute
We will refer to this group throughout as
1 as “Slow waltz”
2-4 as “Fast Waltz”
Dance scripts will specify bars per minute timing so you can search from this area to match your needs.Most latin, is in the dance world referred to incorrectly and indeed noted on scripts as 2/4 when it is actually 2/2 (ie: syncopated – as should be the dance steps ie not stepping off on the first beat but rather the second as noted on the script)
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