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Ballroom Dance
strengthMuscle strength and power that takes place in Ballroom Dance, that is, helps you develop both brute force compared with other physical activities or sports. fuerza
EnduranceCardiovascular endurance constantly providing Ballroom Dance practice, that is, how much help you cope ejercitándote long compared to other sports or physical activities. resistencia
FlexibilityElastic capacity is achieved by practicing Ballroom Dance,bought with other sports or physical activities, in other words, how you manage to bend or stretch without doing harm you flexibilidad
SpeedThe speed of moving the body or a part thereof from one place to another that is developed by practicing Ballroom Dance compared to other sports or physical activities velocidad
AgilityAbility to move the body as desired quickly and accurately obtained by practicing Ballroom Dance, constantly compared to other physical activities or sports. agilidad
ReflexesAutomatic responsiveness to stimuli is achieved spontaneous Ballroom Dance, practice compared to other sport or physical activity. reflejos
CoordinationHow much is developed to synchronize or harmonize body movements based on other people, rhythms or sequences while playing Ballroom Dance en comparación con las otras actividades físicas o deportes coordinación
AccuracyHow much will dominate specific body movements to achieve the same result to practice Ballroom Dance, compared to other sports or physical activities. precisión
BalanceBoth are able to control the body's muscles to prevent the imbalance by making Ballroom Dance unlike other sports or physical activities. equilibrio
ConcentrationThe ability to focus mind and senses intention to achieve a specific goal that is acquired by practicing Ballroom Dance, compared to other sports or physical activities. cuerpo-mente
ToningStylization of the body and muscle derarrollo pruduct of optimal levels of body fat that comes from Ballroom Dance, compared to other sports. tonificación
Calorie BurningThat many calories are burned while practicing Ballroom Dance, when compared to other sports or physical activities. quema calórica

  • Slippers and shoes (depend on the style of dance)
  • Appropriate clothes

Ballroom Dance

Find your rhythm

Is called "ballroom dancing" those who dance a couple in a coordinated way following the rhythm of music. Originally they were only recreational and popular, but their social impact was so great that they came to create specific rooms accompanied by an orchestra and adequate floor to facilitate their practice. Currently also are practiced like a sport in competitions organized and regulated by the corresponding national and international federations.

The dance sport is divided into two types:

  • Standard Dances (Includes 5 dances): Viennese Waltz, English, Waltz, Tango, Slow Fox and Quickstep.
  • Latin Dances (Includes 5 dances): Samba, Rumba, Bolero, Cha-Cha-Cha, Jive and Pasodoble.

The term "Dance Sport", German translation of "Tanzsport", means an evolved form of ballroom dancing that is the subject of sport competitions, his technique is the result of a long international tradition and carries both a high degree of physical exercise as well as a major artistic component, is practiced in about seventy countries around the world, which are represented at the International Dance Sport Federation (IDSF). In many of these countries the dance sport is officially recognized as a sport.

Regardless of the reasons for their practice (social or sports) movements and interactions of the couple meet previously established patterns which, combined with music, characterize the different dances. Therefore, the practice of these requires a prior learning that once was transmitted from father to son and now can be acquired in dance schools.

In the sixteenth century black slaves brought to Cuba released a dance inspired by the passage of the rooster. This dance eventually became the forerunner of today's rumba. For the white class, this was an obscene dance which exhibition would be prohibited. Only after 1940 and after many changes was admitted into society, there are now several recognized forms of Rumba: The Rumba Cubana (the hottest and rhythmical of all), Rumba- Bolero (the slowest and romantic) and the Spanish rumba (mode with a clear tone flamenco) from certain strains of fast Rumba-Bolero, Chachachá arises in the early 50's, which is characterized by a series of three quick steps that occur in two periods of time and precisely to these three steps (chasses) owes its name Chachachá. Other Latin American dance that reaches great popularity is Samba whose origins are to be found among the slaves brought from Africa, the Samba was born in Brazil, in this dance are contributions of Brazilian popular music and various forms of carioca music that converge in Rio de Janeiro.

Tango is a dance of African origins, its origins lie in 1860, among the poorer classes of Buenos Aires, the dance of use of that time are the Mazurka, the Polka and the habanera. But the whites envied Candombe, a dance performed by blacks, and began to imitate in a mocking way, of this burlesque imitation comes the Tango, the dance evolved into an environment totally slumming. The first tangos were danced in the corners by pairs of men then the Tango entered in brothels where being a good dancer would mean to have female company, the first change occurs at the beginning of the century. The letters leave their brothel hue and take on a nostalgic. The dance suffers great innovations, changing not only their figures, but also the elasticity and strutted their origins. Appears called the Tango Liso.

In 1910, Tango arrives to Paris. The most conservative sectors attacked him mercilessly with definitions like "the apotheosis of a Mohammedan under the influence of opium." But Tango kept dancing and the French school definitely established him as ballroom dancing, the precursor in Spain of what we now call ballroom dancing is found in the Renaissance with the Sarabande. Subsequently came the Fandanguillo and Farruca that have evolved into the Garrotín, a partner gypsy dance tinged with live and repetitive rhythm, following this evolution, in the early XXth century appeared a dance that took inspiration from our national holiday: The Pasodoble.

Moving to the beat of the music that perform the orchestras of bullrings, the Pasodoble transforms man for a few minutes in a bullfighter, whose coat (women) runs all assaults from an imaginary bull, history of dance room is very large so there are some dances that have not been included as the Merengue, Mambo, Salsa or Rock.

In 1992 the "International Dance Sport Federation" was accepted as a member of the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), and in 1995 was recognized as an international sports federation by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Spanish Association of Dance Sport and Competition (AEBDC) was founded in 1990 and since 1991 a member of the IDSF. In recent years the AEBDC is growing at a significant rate, both in terms of number of partners and the activities carried out, the last remarkable event has been the official acceptance of the International Dance Sport Federation and Sports Federation by the International Olympic Committee, which brings the Ballroom at the height of other Olympic sports, considering its forthcoming inclusion in the Olympic program.

  • Traditionally have been assigned roles of Lead (Carry) man and the follow (Follow) women. Throughout this document we will refer to him as "Driver (Leader)" and refer to women as "follower". Although these papers have a meaning related to learning, in practice we see that each pair is actually a set of "Man-Conductor / Women-Follower".
  • The Lead and Follow which takes place between two people who are on the dance floor analyzed in detail shows that it is probably the most complex form of communication that takes place between two people and when you reach a high level in its domain, is highly rewarding for the couple who accomplishes that denotes real intelligence, learning and nonverbal communication.
  • "Lead" is not pushing or pulling, is communicate an intention. Dancing is an art, regardless of requiring the "strength" of an athlete. "Lead and Follow" is like a conversation in which there is no need to talk. "Lead" should not be misinterpreted as "push or pull".
  • Lead and follow is a dynamic process that requires a big dose of effort from both partners. It’s possible to "carry" the couple to make a complicated step that does not know without apparent effort. Possible, but not within the capabilities of many men. To achieve this we need to learn how. Is vital to be a trained couple to dance well.
  • It is very difficult to acquire technique with classes since it is probably the most complex element for dance with a partner and it takes years of training to make it perfect. Not a matter of "take a look", but requires a knowledge of the whole body and how to make two people move around a common center. Participants in competitions work hard practicing this extreme not only with a regular partner, but sharing practices with other partners total strangers in order to perfect the technique. Even the competition routines (choreography) include "lead and follow." The judges are able to see the difference between couples who show a real connection ("follow") and those that are limited to do "their" part of the choreography in each dance.
  • "Lead and Follow" is critical in the Latin dances, not only from the standpoint of speed, control and balance, but simply because a good step "Lead and Followed" is much more pleasant to dance for the couple. Noting couples who are dancing, it is easy to see which ones do not "follow" because each partner "dances" his own part of the choreography. These couples have not developed the dynamic process of "lead and follow" necessary to overcome obstacles in the track or line of dance. Even within a known choreography can be necessary to run changes of direction unexpectedly or even alter the sequence due to the presence of other couples on the track.
  • In competition there is no place for the execution of a routine without "lead and follow". Even in the Latin dances and although the couple knows the choreography is essential "Lead". Many of the steps performed in competition require special attention to "lead and follow", this aspect can be seen in couples who make the dance look effortless is apparent, therefore, gives the feeling that they no "follow".
  • "Lead and Follow" implies a one-way connection (Male to Female) but actually dance well implies that both partners bring several different energies in the dance at different times and, although the "driver" is (usually) leading the control of different aspects of dance such as direction, time, choreography, should be aware of the actions of his partner. The woman "follow", but the man "Lead and Follow", that means he should be aware of what women are doing and, if it’s necessary, compensate.
  • The "driver" should be aware of the choreography, the track, the space occupied by the couple, the spatial relationship between them, and patterns of connection between the two.
  • It also allowed for both a woman and a man take a couple of the opposite sex to dance.
  • It's not polite to correct your partner on the dance floor or offer lessons to anyone in any place where social dance are practiced unless they specifically request it or someone is hurting you.
  • If someone asks you to dance is quite rude to reject the proposal. But if not, do it in a nice way. A simple "No thanks" is perhaps most appropriate. But remember, if you refuse to dance with someone, do not get up immediately to dance with any other, unless you have ordered it beforehand or you have promised to dance. In this case it is better to tell the person to whom you have declined the invitation. If you are tired and want to rest, say that too. You could add that, later you willingly accept.
  • If you are a person who sweats a lot, carry a new change of clothes or dance at a more content way.
  • Steps or acrobatic kicks should not be made in social dancing. If you're dancing with someone who tries to take an acrobatic rhythm, be careful to control your center of gravity point to literally "no fly off".
  • Be careful with dancers who are around you. If you come across them, step on or even accidentally give them a kick, be polite and apologized. In more cumbersome cases, show interest that nothing serious has occurred. The boys, who are the ones with (usually) the command should protect their partners, because they will indicate the movement to perform. Although it should not be exempted from responsibility those who are carried, they must also cooperate.
  • In case you do not feel like dancing, if you're just smoking or drinking, it is preferable to leave the dance floor and leave room for those who really want to dance. Liquid spreading on the dance floor may be dangerous to the integrity of the dancers.
  • For those who lead their partner: in the case of dancing with a partner experienced, try to adjust your level of dancing to their own, make basic movements to see if your partner is able to follow them, then you can increase the level until reach your partner. Lead should be defined as "the art of making the pair enjoy". In ballroom dancing should always work as a team.
  • The main rule is that if you make a progressive dance, as Fox or Waltz, or anything else that moves around the track, you must stay on the outside of the track. You should also dance on the dance line, whose order of rotation is the clockwise direction. Bear in mind that while dancing this type of dance, it is incorrect neither educated pass through the center of the track. More if in the center of the track develops another kind of dance, what usually happens. Nor is it a good idea, for the sake of safety and courtesy, deviate or pass through flow dance.
  • But if you dance a stationary dance, such as swing or cha-cha or any other dance such as long you must stay in a space not too wide, it is preferable to dance in the center of the track. This is especially important in those songs where you can develop more of a dance. A good example of this is that many songs also contain some fox swing. Therefore, the swing dancers should remain in the center of the track while the fox rotate around it.

Summary: Actually, all these rules are fairly simple and easy to remember. And are summarized in a matter of simple courtesy. Courtesy and respect with your fellow dancers, respect for the track, and gratitude to those places that allow people a place to expatiate freely.

  • Salsa
    • It is a modern ballroom dance from Latin America, which is danced in pairs or in groups. It is the dance created by Spanish-speaking people of Caribbean for salsa music. The Cuban style style is known as "Casino" or "From the Street", named for the origin of Cuban salsa: it was both elegant casinos and nightclubs of Havana and of the neighborhoods and rural areas of the island. More about Salsa
  • Cumbia
    • Folk dance native to the Caribbean coast of Colombia with variants of equally folk and traditional character in Panama. In Mexico it is danced the Cumbia Tropical or Grupera, dance unlike the original Colombian keeps the couple separated, changes movements to be completely afroindoamericanos urban and ballroom type. The Mexican cumbia dance is inherited in the way of dancing the Danzon, couple, body to body, which in turn merged with the Rock and Roll popular at the time.
  • Rumba
    • Rumba is a family of percussive rhythms, music and dance that originated in Cuba as a combination of musical traditions of Africans brought to Cuba as slaves and the Spanish colonizers. The rumba is danced with a lateral movement of the hips of the dancers with the right torso. The basic step of the rumba are two steps to the side fast and a slow step forward. It is characterized by erotic movements and sometimes grotesque.
  • Pasodoble
    • It is known as the pasodoble dance originated in Spain which is used in several regions for the celebration of events, is also one of the few couple dances continue unabated today. The paso doble is a very simple dance with figures very free, so it is quite easy to learn.
  • Argentine Tango
    • Tango is a dance of a distinctly urban nature, sensual, and has international renown. The choreography, designed from the embrace of the couple, it is extremely sensual and complex. Argentine tango dancers, usually enjoy two other related dances: Vals (waltz) and Milonga. More about Tango.
  • Samba
    • Is a form of Brazilian music of African origin that has become world famous for the carnival in Rio de Janeiro. The modern samba that emerged in the early 20’s is basically 2/4 time, varies with the use of chorus sung to the sound of clapping and rhythm of the chanting, plus the addition of one or more parts of strophes of verse declaratory.
  • Mambo
    • It is a dance originating in Cuba that developed from Danzon, a rhythm at that time that dominated the Cuban music scene, but soon evolved into a faster tempo.
  • Cha-cha-cha
    • Rhythm originating in Cuba created from Danzon by the havana composer and violinist Enrique Jorrin.

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