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Standard Dances are the five dance styles judged in international competition. They are:
The Waltz is a ballroom dance in 3/4 time, with a strong accent on the first beat, and a basic pattern of step-step-close.
The Foxtrot is a slow, syncopated 4/4 rhythm, in a slow/slow-quick/quick count and employs the fashionably rebellious use of “trotting steps.” In 1927 it was renamed “slow foxtrot” and was characterized by smooth gliding movements.
The Viennese Waltz, the oldest of the ballroom dances, is a 3/4 rhythm which began as a peasant dance in Provence, France in 1559 and became a craze in Viennese dance halls in the early 1800s.
The Tango originated in Argentina and was brought to Paris in 1910. The international tango was born in the 1930s and combined the proud posture of the other ballroom dances with 4/4 rhythm, staccato action and walking steps, that move around the ballroom floor.
Quickstep is an international style ballroom dance that follows a 4/4 rhythm, similar to a fast foxtrot. It evolved from dances in the 1920s like the Charleston and the influence of the ragtime music popular during that era.
International dance competitions judge five styles of Latin dance. They are:
The Cha Cha, a Cuban dance, became popular in the 1950s. It is an offshoot of the triple mambo and has a 4/4 rhythm. It is fun, flirty, playful, and is known as the “afternoon dance.”
The Samba, the “ladies dance,” originated and is still celebrated in Brazil. It is fun and festive. The fast and intricate cross percussive music and steps are danced to a 2/4 rhythm.
Paso Doble is of Spanish origin, though it was developed in France. Using a 2/4 rhythm, it is a highly stylized dance that is based on the Spanish bull fight and uses marching steps. The man represents the matador; the woman the cape.
The Rumba has a 4/4 Cuban rhythm and is the slowest and most sensuous of the Latin American dances. This is the dance with the most sexual tension and is known as the “dance of lust.”
The Jive is based on jazz and improvisation. Set in 4/4 time, this dance originated in the United States in the early 1940s. It relies on African American rhythms. It travelled to Europe when American soldiers brought the Lindy Hop/jitterbug during WWII
Yes, Burn the Floor Dancers have appeared on television around the world: Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Strictly Come Dancing are just some of the shows that have featured our dancers. Director/Choreographer Jason Gilkison has been guest choreographer and guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance in Australia and USA and was choreographer for the 2010 season of Dancing with the Stars (USA).
We regularly hold auditions for dancers. Click Auditions under the Contact tab on this website for details.
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