Ballroom dancing means different things to different people.

In its broadest sense Ballroom dancing means any partner dance in which one person leads and the other follows. It can include Swing, Country/ Western and Salsa, as well as the more traditional dances like Waltz, Foxtrot and Tango.

Originally, Ballroom dancing was a natural progression from the choreographed Court dances of Europe. Viennese Waltz was the very first truly lead/ follow partner dance and hence the first true Ballroom dance.

In its narrowest sense, the term Ballroom still refers to the dances that share a common European heritage. They include Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Peabody, Quickstep, and Viennese Waltz. They are characterized by progressive movement around the dance floor, long steps, and an erect posture. In competition or performance, the lady usually wears a long flowing dress and the man wears a suit or tuxedo. 

Other categories of dance that fall under the broad definition of Ballroom dancing include Latin or Rhythm dances like Cha cha, Mambo, Rhumba, Bolero, Samba, and Swing. These are generally danced in a small area or spot, and use Cuban hip motion and fast footwork.

Country/ Western is often taught in Ballroom studios and is actually directly derived from the traditional ballroom dances. Country/ Western dancing has evolved its own patterns and technique including lots of turns and spins. There is an entire competitive dance culture surrounding this very popular and exciting style. See the Country Western page on this website for more information.

Club Latin is perhaps the most danced social style in the world today. It includes Salsa, Mambo, Merengue,  Cumbia and Bachata -- all dances with roots in the Caribbean. They also include Cuban hip motion, fast footwork, and lots of spins and arm wraps.

Swing dancing is another style that has a hard core of avid admirers. Originally derived from the Charleston, Swing was developed about the same time as the Foxtrot to similar music. Swing was so popular and so versatile that it spawned over 20 different variations and is still one of the most popular dances today. Common styles include East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Jive, Single time Swing (aka jitterbug), Lindy Hop, Shag, Balboa, Hustle, Laminu (one of our favorites!)  and many, many more.

Dance Across Cleburne teaches all the styles listed here for social dancing, competition, or performance. Call now to set up an introductory private lesson for only $20!


Gary Marasco and wife Paula enjoying the Friday Night Social

The above photograph taken by Steve Bartz Photography shows students enjoying a social dance in the Dance Across Cleburne main ballroom. We love to meet new people. Come visit on a Friday night and see how warm and friendly dancers can be!

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