Dancing has been around for probably as long as humans have walked upright. Dancing has been important to every human society throughout history. Read on for some fun and important facts about dancing.
1) Dancing appears to be innate – watch small children reacting to music – they start to move in time to the music. However some societies feature dance more than others which leads to some myths: such that all Hispanics can salsa for example!
2) Dancing is great exercise for anyone of any age – you can dance at 2 or 102 – its truly a lifelong activity.
3) The waltz was a shocking dance in its day. It only became acceptable in English society when the young Queen Victoria took to it with a passion. The shocking part was that the man and the woman danced facing each other – in an embrace almost (at the time the waltz was danced at arms length).
4) Modern ballet dancers have only been able to dance en point since the development of ballet shoe technology. Highland dancers also dance en point (mainly the men) and they do it in a soft shoe!
5) The development of modern rock and roll in the 1950’s was considered the ruin of modern society by many parents at the time. So was the Charleston craze in the 1920’s. History repeats!
6) The oldest ballroom dance is the Viennese Waltz – and yes it really did develop in Vienna. To this day you can go to Austria and dance in the Viennese ball season. But take classes first – they have standards and you will be asked to leave the floor if your dancing is not good enough.
7) You don’t have to able to walk to dance – wheelchair dancing is popular particularly in Europe where ballroom and latin american dancing competitions have divisions for wheel chair bound dancers and able bodied partners, wheel chair and wheel chair dancers and many others variations.
8) Same sex ballroom dancing has become popular in Australia and New Zealand and features regular competitions in those countries.
9) New Vogue is a style of sequence dance that was developed in Australia in the early 1960s. Its based on ballroom technique and uses a fast waltz, foxtrot, tango and march times. Its largely replaced English Old Tyme dancing in Australasian dancesport competitions.
10) The TV show “Dancing with the Stars” has raised the profile of ballroom dancing in every country it has been shown in with many dance studios reporting an influx of pupils to dance classes.