Discover the Beauty of Ballroom Dance
At Logan Dance we offer a fun relaxed atmosphere to learn ballroom dancing and classes for all ages and levels.
Ballroom is a wonderful entry to dance, as you will learn the essenstials of poise and grace. If you have seen the movie Strictly Ballroom and gazed in admiration at the dance styles and costumes, now is the time to get in there and shine!
If you are new to the studio we are pleased to offer you a complimentary group class so that you come and see for yourself.
The History of Ballroom Dance
Ballroom dance styles have a depth of history, here are some of the backgrounds…
Tango is one of the most fascinating of all dances. Originating in Spain or Morocco, the Tango was introduced to the New World by the Spanish settlers. In the early 19th Century, the Tango was a solo dance performed by the woman. The Andalusian Tango was later done by one or two couples walking together using castanets. The dance was soon considered immoral with its flirting music!
For exhibition dancing, a Tango dancer must develop a strong connection with the music, the dance and the audience. The audience can only feel this connection if the performer feels and projects this feeling.
The Viennese Waltz
The Viennese Waltz was born in the suburbs of Vienna and in the alpine region of Austria in the 1700’s. The waltz was originally a folk dance, danced by peasants in Austria and Bavaria. Many of the familiar waltz tunes can be traced back to simple peasant yodeling melodies.
This dance style originated in the summer of 1914 by Vaudeville actor Harry Fox. The Foxtrot was the most significant development in all of ballroom dancing. The combination of quick and slow steps permits more flexibility and gives much greater dancing pleasure than the one-step and two-step which it has replaced. There is more variety in the fox-trot than in any other dance, and in some ways it is the hardest dance to learn.
The Quickstep was developed during World War I in suburban New York, the Quickstep was initially performed by Caribbean and African dancers. It eventually made its debut on the stage of American music-halls and immediately became popular in ballrooms. Foxtrot and Quickstep have a common origin. In the twenties many bands played the slow-Foxtrot too fast. Eventually they developed into two different dances.
.For first time visitors to the studio, why not try a free group class!