History of Ballroom Dancing
Ballroom dancing has many different dances, and each dance has it’s own steps, however one thing remains the same, each dance is performed by a man and woman.
The Waltz, a well-known ballroom dance originated in Vienna in the late seventeen hundreds and spread to the other countries. As its popularity grew, many composers began composing more music for it, such as Strauss, who later became famous for his waltzes.
The Waltz arrived in England, eighteen hundreds bringing with it scandal because of the close embrace of the man and woman. The elegance and grace of the dance won the hearts of the royalty and the elite. Europeans welcomed the Waltz into their parties and balls adding to it the Polka and Tango. It was not until the late nineteenth century that ballroom dancing gained popularity with the middle and working class.
As ballroom dancing spread to America, the Fox trot, Swing, Rumba, Mambo, and the Cha Cha were added.
In the early 1920’s, competitive ballroom dancing began gaining popularity. It was then; the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (formerly known as The Imperial Society of Dance Teachers) formed a Ballroom Branch whose function was to standardize the ballroom dances. Modern ballroom dancing still holds that the right side of the woman chest touch the right side of the man’s chest, this custom began when the men would leave their swords on the left side while they danced.
Ballroom dancing had begun to loose its popularity until recently the media brought it back to life. Once again, you may find ballroom dancing at social gatherings, competitions, and especially at weddings.