The term “ballroom dancing” refers to any of a variety of social dances performed by couples.

A social dance is one that is done primarily for the enjoyment of the participants.

It is claimed that ballroom dancing originated in England in the late 18th and early 19th centuries when dances, such as the waltz, were performed by the upper classes of society in balls and parties.
During the late 19th to the early 20th centuries, it became a trend among the working and middle class where they would go to gatherings and events in public dance halls.

In the early 1920s, ballroom dancing competitions started to boom that in 1924, an organization was formed called the Ballroom Branch of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. The objective of this
organization was to standardize and formalize ballroom dancing techniques, sets of steps and music to
which it was danced to.

In modern times, the term has become narrower in scope. It usually refers to the ten dances of the International Standard and International Latin styles. These styles were developed in England, and are
now regulated by the World Dance Council (WDC).

International Standard dances are:

  1. Waltz
  2. Tango
  3. Viennese
  4. Foxtrot
  5. Quickstep

International Latin dances are:

  1. Samba
  2. Cha Cha Cha
  3. Rumba
  4. Paso Doble
  5. Jive

N.B.: There are also American style ballroom dances practiced internationally as well as indigenous dances practiced by persons their own part of the world. You can get more detail on these dances at

Dance Ensemble Dance List
Latin Ballroom Local
Merengue Waltz Heel & Toe
Jive Viennese Waltz Bounce
Rumba (or Rhumba) Foxtrot Castillian
Paso Doble Tango Bolero
Samba Quickstep
Cha Cha Cha
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