General Dance Discussion > Favorite Dance?

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

  1. Joy In Motion

    Joy In Motion Active Member


    There is no single dance that is best for someone coming from the solo world. It is highly individual, as you can see from the variety of responses coming from DFers.

    My advice would be to go to a few local social dances for west coast swing, salsa, Argentine tango, ballroom, etc. and see which one feels right to you. Think about how much you enjoy the music, the balance between freedom and structure in the dance, and the people and the atmosphere. You will most likely stick with it if it is something you really feel drawn to. Who knows, you may decide that several of them interest you. Some dancers are very exclusive with their particular style of dance, while others like to dabble a bit in several or all of them. It really depends on your background, personality, and interest level. But how fun that partner dancing is totally open to you for exploration!

  2. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

    Joy in Motion: This is a great answer! I never thought about it in this way, but looking back when I was first starting, the Lindy Hop scene in my area got me hooked; whereas the salsa one did not. As years passed, and became a very good Swing dancer, I had at least a few dances under my belt when I expanded to others like Smooth, Rhythm, International, and Country. I never expected to like Latin and Rhythm (besides Swing), but I did--finding that Smooth spoke to me most directly. And Mambo became one of my best dances...

  3. Zhena

    Zhena Well-Known Member

    I enjoy most of the ballroom dances, but I don't really have a favorite among them. I also do West Coast Swing, and enjoy it very much. And I do a lot of folk dance, both partnered and non-partnered. But my favorite partnered dance is, by a wide margin, Mezőségi -- a Hungarian dance. On the rare occasions when a Hungarian band is in the area, or when I'm at a Hungarian dance camp, dancing it to live music for 30-45 minutes straight is incredible. Even just as a 10-minute warmup at the beginning of Hungarian dance class is wonderful. It isn't terribly complex ... I know more patterns in most of the ballroom dances, but it has a quality that makes it comfortable ... energized yet relaxed ... to dance continuously without getting bored.
  4. KL70

    KL70 New Member

    What are currently your 3 favorite dance styles and why ?

    What are currently your 3 personal favorite dance styles and please separately say why, for each fave style named.
  5. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    smooth and latin...afterthant is depends on the mood

    adore smooth for the independence and expression and lines, and latin I just find sensual...

    I enjoy standard in the studio for the cooperation that is so essential, and rhythm for the opportunity to simply enjoy those two depend upon my mood
  6. Lioness

    Lioness Well-Known Member


    Waltz, number one. Always.
    Viennese Waltz.
    New Vogue - Foxtrot Rhythm
    New Vogue - Tango Rhythm
  7. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

    Waltz, Samba, and Bolero... Big reason is the music...
  8. sambanada

    sambanada Active Member

    latin, ballroom and rhythm
  9. Peaches

    Peaches Well-Known Member


    ...wcs, ecs...
  10. Warren J. Dew

    Warren J. Dew Well-Known Member

    Smooth, Standard, and ballet.
  11. nucat78

    nucat78 Active Member

    American smooth - graceful, looks like my concept of ballroom dancing.
    American rhythm - prolly cause that's what I've been taught.
    Club dances like bachata - these are the "fun" dances - not as much emphasis on style and form IME and one can improvise more.

    I must admit though that Standard tango looks interesting but DP wants me to curb my enthusiasm until we get Silver Am FT, W, and VW down better.
  12. Debra

    Debra Member

    Standard, standard and hustle; what can I say, I am a child of the '70s. I love standard for the precision and beauty, as well as the communication required of the partners.
  13. opendoor

    opendoor Well-Known Member

    for me: AT (all styles, depending on the music)


    But, can you tell me the differences in those styles..

    ballroom - smooth - rhythm - standard - latin

    Over here (Germany) we have (as far as I know) only standard and latin, which makes together ballroom.
  14. tanya_the_dancer

    tanya_the_dancer Well-Known Member

    Standard, standard and smooth.
  15. danceronice

    danceronice Well-Known Member

    Latin, and then I suppose Rhythm, and probably Smooth. I like the music.
  16. Phil Owl

    Phil Owl Well-Known Member

    Hustle because it's so fun and the smooth feel, twirl that girl :mrgreen:

    Latin, especially Cha-Cha's playfulness and Rumba's expressiveness and sensuality.

    Standard - especially love Foxtrot for its elegance and communication, Waltz for its beauty and Tango, because it brings out my Inner Panther :mrgreen:
  17. nucat78

    nucat78 Active Member

    Smooth and rhythm are the American style counterparts to International Standard and Latin. American style allows partners to break body contact. (Aber it took me drei Jahre to realize that... :oops:)
  18. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

    As far as styles: American Rhythm, American Smooth, and International Latin. Why? Because as far as ballroom education, these were the ones that I was exposed to the most during my "formative stages". And along with club dances, the American styles are a big part of my social dancing..

  19. flashdance

    flashdance Active Member

    rhythm tap
  20. ireniecat

    ireniecat New Member

    Have always loved watching it. Currently enjoying the process of studying it. But my experience in it is quite limited. This might change as I learn more, but I hope not :)

    It was the first style I learned and the one I have most experience with. Truthfully, I had no interest in it when I started, but it's grown on me over the years.

    Not quite Standard, but close enough. (Involves a ball gown.) Just starting to learn it. Maybe it will overtake Standard or Latin in the future.

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