Dance is such a popular form of exercise and artistic expression because everyone knows what it is like to move in rhythm with music, to feel the beat move you, to want to get up and move. If you have been dancing around your house by yourself for years and you want to take some formal lessons, you might have gotten stumped by the very simple question: what dance class should I take? If you have no formal training, you might not know what kind of dance you are most interested in.

In this blog, we will cover a few of the kinds of dance lessons that we offer at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Herndon in the hopes that one of them will spark your interest. If you find one you want to try, contact us right now to sign up for a free introductory lesson! Or give us a call if you still aren’t certain; one of of dance instructors will be happy to talk to you to help you find a dance you would like to try out!

Ballroom Dancing

Ballroom dancing is a term that covers several different styles of dance done with a partner, including the waltz and the foxtrot, along with certain styles of Latin dance like mambo and cha-cha.

  • Waltz: The waltz is one of the most popular dance styles found in the western world. It is a very romantic dance that is typically seen at formal events and weddings. Characterized by its grace and large, sweeping movements, the waltz originally comes from 17th century Bavaria and Austria.
  • Viennese Waltz – This waltz traces its origins to 16th century France. Generally, the Viennese waltz is considerably faster than the waltz and features different footwork and patterns.
  • Foxtrot – Created in America in the early 1900s as a form of dance to accompany ragtime, the foxtrot is another popular form of ballroom dancing. One of the main differences between foxtrot and a waltz is that foxtrot features a 4/4 time signature instead of a 3/4. This makes the foxtrot look and feel different.
  • Tango – While the passion and intensity of this dance may feel very different from the formal and slightly stiffer waltzes, tango is itself a popular ballroom dance style and is one of the dances performed in international competitions. Originating in Argentina in the 1800s, the tango focuses on the harmonious movement of the couple as the music rises.
  • Mambo – A dance focused on rhythm and combining traditional Cuban dance styles with swing. This is an energetic and exciting dance that couples of all ages and experience levels will love!
  • Cha-Cha – A derivation of the Mambo, cha-cha is another exciting Cuban dance that ups the tempo and the fun!

We hope that one or more of these styles of ballroom dancing sounds like fun! If you’re ready to sign up for a dance class today, please contact us and find out when you can come in and start moving! We’re conveniently located in Herndon and we can’t wait to teach you how to dance!