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Dance Term's Definition



Style:

International Style

The term describes a particular style of ballroom dances that contrasts with American Style. In a narrower sense, it denotes the group of dances danced in International Style ballroom competitions. The group consists of two categories: Standard and Latin.

American Style

The term describes a particular style of ballroom dances developed in the USA that contrasts with the International Style. In a narrower sense, it denotes the group of dances danced in American Style ballroom competitions. The group consists of two categories: American Smooth and American Rhythm.

Club Style

The term describe all dances danced outside of the official dance competitions and that are found mostly in social gathering.


Categories:

American Smooth

A category of dances in American Style ballroom competitions. It includes waltz, tango, foxtrot and Viennese waltz. Previously Peabody was also included.

This category loosely corresponds to the Standard category of International Style ballroom. However, Smooth differs from Standard in its inclusion of open and separated figures, whereas Standard makes exclusive use of closed positions.

American Rhythm

A category of dances in American Style ballroom competitions. It includes Cha-cha-cha, Rumba, East Coast Swing, Bolero, Mambo. Sometimes it may include Samba and West Coast Swing.

This category loosely corresponds to the Latin category of International Style ballroom.

International Standard

A category of dances in International Style ballroom competitions. Sometimes in the context of competitions it is called Ballroom or International Ballroom, confusing as it might be. (In England, the term "Modern" is often used, which should not be confused with "Modern Dance" that derives from Ballet technique) It includes waltz (also called "slow waltz"), tango, foxtrot, quickstep, and viennese waltz. This category loosely corresponds to the Smooth category of American Style ballroom.

International Latin

As applied to dances, the term has two meanings.

Latin dances is category of dances in International Style ballroom competitions. It is also called Latin American category. It includes samba, rumba, cha-cha-cha, paso doble, jive. This category loosely corresponds to the Rhythm category of American Style ballroom.

Club Latin

Latin dance is any of social dances of Latin American origin.