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In our last two blogs, we looked at a variety of different latin dances that we love to teach to our students. In addition to latin dance lessons, we also offer ballroom dance lessons in Reston. Here, we will look at three of the most popular ballroom dances.

Waltz

The waltz a German dance, and it is very likely the oldest ballroom dance that is still performed. References to the waltz can be traced back to at least the 16th century. The waltz is well-known for being set to a ¾ time signature. The waltz is prominently featured in the media anytime ballroom dancing comes up.

Foxtrot

The foxtrot is an American dance that was invented in 1914 by noted Vaudeville actor Harry Fox. It has a similar look to the waltz, but it is performed to a 4/4 rhythm. Today, there are three distinct styles of the foxtrot that remain popular: the American Social Foxtrot, the American Continuity Foxtrot, and the International Foxtrot.

Quickstep

The quickstep rose to popularity in the United States in the 1920’s. It is a fusion of the foxtrot, the Charleston, and several other dances of the era. The quickstep is performed to a 4/4 rhythm. It is a fast and powerful dance, especially when compared to other ballroom dances.

If you are interested in learning ballroom dancing, we can help. We offer a wide variety of different dance lessons in Reston. Contact us today to learn more about our programs or to sign up for your free introductory lesson.

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