Learn all five major ballroom dances at Fred Astaire Dance Studio! We teach the following dances to students of all ages and skill levels:
The foxtrot looks very simple but is one of the most difficult dances to do. Originated in the 1913s, the dance was born when Harry Fox, a vaudeville performer, presented a little trot which appealed to the social dance teachers in New York. Since that time, foxtrot has gone through many changes and is now comprised of more soft and fluid linear movements.
Born in the bordellos of Buenos Aires in Argentina, the tango is danced in a slightly different manner than other dances. The lady’s arm under the man’s arm creates a tighter hold for a quick staccato action and stylized poses. This unique hold is one of the tango’s signatures.
The waltz first appeared in the late 1700’s in Bohemia, Austria, Bavaria and other parts of Europe where it was considered as a fashionable dance. Danced in 3/4 time, the recurring, even beats of music send the dancers whirling around the floor enjoying the thrill of the waltz movement.
As the name implies, the quickstep is a very quick and lively dance, comprised of hops, skips and kicks. The dance started as a quick version of foxtrot mixed with the charleston, and jazz influences.
Originally from Austria, the Viennese waltz is faster than a normal waltz. The German choreographer, Paul Krebs, created the Viennese waltz we dance today. The dance has been very popular, not only in Europe, but also in America.
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