What is Standard Dance Style and how did it evolve

What is meant by the “Standard Dances Style”. How and why it has morphed from “The Ballroom Dances”

Ballroom Dances

What is Standard Dance Style and How Did It Evolve

Ballroom Dances were dances used in the Ballroom. Traditionally before the advent of Latin American dances, these were: Polka, Waltz, then Foxtrot, Peabody (Foxtrot and Waltz can be danced with faster or slower tempos), giving us when faster, Viennese Waltz and Quickstep.

Collectively these dances were known as Ballroom Dances.

The Ballroom Dances ​

When Latin American rhythms which include; Rumba, Swing(s), Samba, Mambo, Bolero, Paso Doble … and more became popular.

There was a dilemma – because now, in the Ballroom we had our regular Foxtrot’s Quickstep’s Waltz’s etc plus we had the Latin American Dances.

To differentiate between the traditional Dances and the newer Latin Dances. We said Ballroom dancing was split into:

  • The Ballroom Dances, and
  • The Latin Dances (or The Latin American Dances)

Making it hard, you really had to know the difference between Ballroom dancing as opposed to The Ballroom Dances.

Modern Dances

Because of the confusion between Ballroom Dancing and The Ballroom Dances. The Ballroom Dances, became known as Modern Dances. Now we had no dilemma because we had: Latin and Modern

However…. Modern, was a confusing term in that Contemporary Ballet was also referred to as Modern Ballet and Popular dances that were current trends and danced in clubs were also considered to be “Modern”

Standard Dances

So, Modern became, and is still known as, STANDARD. This reflects back to the fact that the original dances (in Europe) danced in the Ballroom were the Foxtrot, Waltz, Quicksteps etc,

Why learn with 5th Avenue Dance

We know all these things, and work towards your goals and needs.

We tailor make your dancing to suit not only what dances you like and the level you wish to obtain, also we take into account why you are learning and if fitness, Sense of Achievement and Fun are the important aspects for you, then this is what we focus on, enabling you achieve not only your “dancing” goals, but, also to achieve those things that prompted you to learn dancing. 

Where is 5th Avenue Dance Located?

We are centrally located at Suite 7 115 Currumburra Road in Ashmore

How to start

To get you started we do offer a Free Private Lesson, so you can, come in meet with a teacher let them know what you are interested in, and what you have done before – if anything, and where you might be utilising your dancing. Your teacher will give you more information about the studio and answer any questions you might have.

You will then have a lesson, going over 2 or 3 of the most popular ballroom dances. This gives you a chance to try out and see how we teach.

Your teacher at the end of the lesson will know the best way for you to start and go over the cost, schedule and times, if you are interested in doing more.