General Dance Discussion > Favorite Dance?

Discussion in 'General Dance Discussion' started by danceguy, Nov 25, 2003.

  1. danceguy

    danceguy New Member

    Favorite and Least Favorite Dance Styles


    I bet this has been done before on Dance Forums, but I had this idea to make a list of my favorite/least favorite dances in a list, with the favorite on top and the least fav on bottom, in order of preference.

    Here goes, and everyone please join in:

    Lindy Hop
    Hustle (x10)
  2. Swing Kitten

    Swing Kitten New Member

    Lindy Hop and .... ummm... no... errrr.. ahh......

    Is there anything other than Lindy?

  3. Sagitta

    Sagitta Well-Known Member

    For us generalists there always is!!! :)

    For the moving dances...1. waltz
    stay-in places dances....1. salsa

    Need a little more experience before I start ranking dances the way you did SG. Got to know the dance fairly well before you can rank it, unless it's a matter of not liking the music.
  4. Phil Owl

    Phil Owl Well-Known Member

    Love: :D

    EC Swing
    Rhumba (American style)

    Mixed Feelings: :?

    West Coast Swing (I have to think about it too much, it just doesn't come naturally to me no matter how hard I try)

    Cannot Stand: :evil:

    Quickstep (Way too corny and Lawrence Welk for me)
    Line Dancing in general

    Wish I Knew More Of:


    Could Be Talked Into Learning (by a persuasive woman)

    Two-Step (it looks like a blast!)
  5. ballroomboilergirl

    ballroomboilergirl New Member

    In general, I am just not a big fan of the International Standard Dances (Int. Waltz, Int. Tango, Int. Foxtrot, Int. Quickstep). They just seem so restrictive to me (as opposed to American Smooth) and it seems like the patterns require more concious estimation than the smooth patterns (i.e. the smooth patterns are simple like "back, side, together", whereas a standard pattern might be "side and slightly back, 1/8 turn to the side, and together with one foot a half of a foot length in front of the other" Ugggghhh :( ) I think I would like them more if I simply knew more about them (our instructor hasn't really hit them that hard yet). I hate the Quickstep in particular *shudder* Something about the footwork just seems completely illogical to me. *sigh* Enough complaining, though...I really really LIKE American Style Waltz, East Coast Swing, Rhumba, and Cha-Cha, and International Cha-Cha, Rhumba, and Samba. Wish I knew how to Jive better. As for other dances, I LOVE the look of Paso Doble but I don't know much of it other than the surplace and some basic shaping...polka is silly but a lot of fun :lol: , don't know Hustle but it looks like a TON of fun, don't know Mambo but I want to cause it looks, I seem to like more of the dances I DON'T know than the ones I DO know!
  6. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    There are very few dances I've done that I don't like, so here are my current preferences of dances I can actually do, in descending order: (All american style, for now)

    cha cha
    club salsa
    west coast swing
    ballroom mambo
    slow waltz
    east coast swing
    Texas two-step
    nightclub two-step

    C&W line dance depends on the dance

    HATE: hustle -- doesn't even go on my list!
  7. danceguy

    danceguy New Member

    Well, most of the dances I've listed are ones that I've been studying for the past 6 months...but I had no dance experience prior to that. While I'm not very good at any of them...some dances I just was called to and love the music and flow of the dance. My original goal was to learn Swing dancing since I used to be a saxophone player, and I developed my sound by listening to players like Coleman Hawkins, Bird and Coltrane (and many others). I had the music in my blood...but never was into dancing. Latin music came difficult for me as I never studied or played it...but that is also my main motivation to learn...once my musician ears started to pick up the rhythms...I was hooked!

    Other dances, like Hustle...I just can't stand it! I've tried several times, but both my mind and body just know its not right for me. Tango and NC2S are styles that I've had no lessons on and only done a few times at dances...and while I barely know the styles, the first time I did them, they just felt right! I've never done WCS, but I love to watch it and hear the music its danced its next on my "dance to do list." :)

    Pygmalion - Wow that's a great list! As I'm still a newcomer to dance I honestly don't know if what I've learned is American, Smooth, etc...I feel kind of ignorant in that regard...something I need to ask my teachers and learn!

    We seem to have similiar interests...I really love Cha-Cha and Rumba...but don't get the chance to do them as much as I'd like to. And I can't stand Hustle either...hey on that note, I don't think you ever shared that last Hustle workshop you went to...but I get the impression it didn't change your desire to learn the dance. 8)

    If I make it to the DF Reunion...I hope we get to share a few of our favorite dances, and no Hustle either! :)

    Take care,

  8. HepcatBob

    HepcatBob New Member

    That's what I was thinking! ;-)
  9. NeoDevin

    NeoDevin New Member

    Favorite to Least favorite

    Samba (who needs the rest when you've got samba?)
    Jive (I can never seem to remember anything I learn in it though)
    Quick Step (don't get why lots of people seem to hate this one)
    Vienese Waltz
    Tango (would probably like it more if I knew more of it)

    (those are all the dances I know, and I like all of them)

    Would like to learn
    Swing (any kind)
  10. Spitfire

    Spitfire Well-Known Member

    Way to many to stick to any one style. :)

    Just got to have variety with my dancing. Getting back to the original question; for me:

    Favorites: ECS/Cha-Cha equally

    "Middle" Favorites: Rumba, Waltz, NC2S

    Least Favorites: Foxtrot, standard Tango

    To Be Determined: Lindy Hop, WCS, Hustle - Need to work on these
  11. peachexploration

    peachexploration New Member

    My favorite of course is Salsa

    4. Cha Cha
    3. Tango (Yet to take classes) :)
    2. Hip Hop (Getting to old for it) :wink:
    1. Country Line Dancing (Don't like at all)
  12. youngsta

    youngsta Active Member

    Love: :D
    Cha Cha

    Not so much: :roll:
  13. Vince A

    Vince A Active Member

    Cha Cha
    2 Step
    Line dancing(yuk!) but I can do them

    Yet to learn: Lindy, Salsa, and Jive
  14. Dancegal

    Dancegal Member

    Decisions, decisions :?
    The top 3 will vary in order depending on which dance I'm doing more often - doing Lindy more often now:

    Lindy-ECS (mix 6 & 8 count, but gotta do swingouts!!!)
    Texas Two-Step & Polka (with Western Swing-double turns)

    Like least (correllates with my dislike for the music-except for waltzes & freestyle)
    Tejano (Mexican country)
    Waltz (whether Western or Ballroom)-I just can't get comfortable with it-too slow-not practical for clubs except for the Western type
    Any freestyle dancing including line dances (the kind of stuff I might end up doing on a bad dance night)

    Not much experience with it or don't know
    FoxTrot, Samba, Hustle, Cha-cha, Tango, Rhumba, Bachata
  15. Sagitta

    Sagitta Well-Known Member

    Have you tried Viennese waltz. That's pretty fast!!! And they do play that at ballroom dances.

    As for bachata if you see it you can do it. Basic count is three steps, then a hold on the fourth beat.

    As for me I like merengue -- it allows me to work out kinks in my salsa moves. And allows me to provide an easy introduction for people who've never danced and are unsure about their abilities!!! Always looking to add to the number of latin dance lovers!!! :)
  16. Swing Kitten

    Swing Kitten New Member

    --need I say more? ;)

    *tisk* *tisk*

    An interesting judgement coming from someone who does not yet lindy!

    I'm not saying it's not true... but interesting all the same!!

    hmmm :nods head knowingly:
  17. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Hmm. Spoken like a true blue lindy hopper. :lol: :lol:
  18. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Hey SG! Save me a cha cha. :D I actually haven't learned any new dances in the past eight or nine months -- I'm working on improving my technique for the dances I know. But I'm starting work on a couple new dances within a few weeks.

    The hustle workshop was good, because it helped me figure out why I hate hustle. It didn't change my mind, though. :lol:
  19. Spitfire

    Spitfire Well-Known Member

    In other words Swing Kitten I don't know Lindy well enough to determine how much I will enjoy doing it and that's why I say I need to work on learning it. :wink:
  20. Swing Kitten

    Swing Kitten New Member

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