BPM/MPM Question

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by BM, Mar 9, 2007.

  1. BM

    BM New Member

    I searched both "BPM" and "MPM" in the threads and found nothing, so I am sorry if this has already been covered!

    I've been going through my music trying to sort out MPMs to better organise my dancesport music, and I thought that the following MPMs were more or less correct:


    International Waltz 28-30
    International Tango 31-33
    International Viennese Waltz 58-60
    International Foxtrot 28-30
    International Quickstep 50-52

    International Cha Cha 30-32
    International Samba 48-52
    International Rumba 25-27
    International Paso Doble 60-62
    International Jive 42-46


    American Waltz 28-30
    American Tango 30-32
    American Foxtrot 30-34
    American Viennese Waltz 54

    American Cha Cha 30-31
    American Rumba 32-36
    American Bolero 24-26
    American Swing 34-36
    American Mambo 47-51

    I did not get these MPMs from an official source, but they seemed more or less correct. However, some of my music from dancesport CDs have MPMs that conflict with my reference (an example being a V. Waltz with 64MPM off Superior Dancing or some such CD).

    I guess, in short, my question is "Are these MPMs correct for competitive purposes? If not, what is correct?"

    Thanks! :)
  2. ACtenDance

    ACtenDance Active Member

    For USA Dance which should be in line with IDSF regs:

    International Waltz 28-30
    International Tango 31-33
    International Viennese Waltz 58-60
    International Slow Foxtrot 28-30
    International Quickstep 50-52
    International Samba 50-52
    International Cha Cha 30-32
    International Rumba 25-27
    International Paso Doble 60-62
    International Jive 42-44
    American Waltz 28-30
    American Tango 30-32
    American Foxtrot 30-32
    American Viennese Waltz 54
    American Cha Cha 30
    American Rumba 32-36
    American East Coast Swing 34-36
    American Bolero 24-26
    American Mambo 47-51
    American Peabody 60-62
    American Merengue 29-32
    American Paso Doble 58-60
    American Samba 52
    American West Coast Swing 28-32
    American Polka 60-62
    American Hustle 28-30

    (copied from USA Dance rulebook)
  3. latingal

    latingal Moderator Staff Member

  4. latingal

    latingal Moderator Staff Member

    mmm....looks like ACtendance beat me to it and was kind enough to save you some work! *grin*
  5. BM

    BM New Member

    ::beams:: Thank you, both! :D
  6. White Chacha

    White Chacha Active Member

    FTR, 64 on a vwaltz is bogus. Nowadays 58-60 is the range for International, closer to 54 for Smooth.

    A lot of the published latin music coming from Casa Musica, esp rumbas, is slower than the allowed tempi in "official" rulebooks. Along with the fact that some DJs ignore the rulebook tempi, this tends to make unhappy competitors when DJs actually use the rulebook speeds...
  7. marktheshark

    marktheshark New Member

    MPM = Measures Per Minute?
  8. BM

    BM New Member

    Yep-yep :)
  9. Indiana_Jay

    Indiana_Jay Active Member

    Yep, but you have to be careful about BPM. It can either mean "bars per minute," (which is synonymous with "measures per minute") or "beats per minute" (which is an entirely different value). You rarely, but sometimes see dance music described in beats per minute, but when you do, the number is three to four times larger (depending on beats per measure), so it's easy to recognize.
  10. White Chacha

    White Chacha Active Member

    bPM

    That's the way musicians express tempo. There's been a thread on this.

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