Some types of ballroom dance include the waltz, fox trot, quickstep, tango and Viennese waltz. Other popular ballroom dances are the cha cha, rumba, swing, jive and mambo. Ballroom dances are dances for couples that involve patterned steps that fit a particular type of music. One partner leads while the other follows.
Some nontraditional dances that are also considered ballroom dances are the country two step, night club two step, polka, lindy hop and salsa. Each type of ballroom dance is specific to a style of music. Ballroom dancing is a sport appropriate for people of any age that offers good exercise for participants.
Ballroom dancing is separated into two styles of dance. The smooth style, also known as ballroom style, includes dances such as the waltz, fox trot, tango and quickstep, where the couple constantly moves around the dance floor. In these dances, the transitions between steps are smooth and the accompanying music is lyrical in quality.
The Latin style, also known as rhythm style, includes dances such as the swing, cha cha, salsa, disco and samba. In these dances, couples often stay in one location on the dance floor, and the dancing is very energetic. The music for these dances features strong, syncopated rhythms.