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Children Ballroom & Latin American Dancing: Facts & Ideas facts and ideas

Ballroom & Latin American Dancing: Facts & Ideas

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Introduction by Alex Skinner of East Sussex Dance.

Following the roaring success of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, more and more kids now want to take up partner dancing. Aside from the usual health, fitness and coordination benefits, Ballroom dancing encourages teamwork, respect for your partner and access to social dancing skills which remain with a child for life.

Ballroom styles include Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango and Quickstep along with Viennese Waltz and American Smooth. These dances require long, gliding steps, a strong core and poise. Latin American styles include Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive. Social dances like Rock n Roll, Salsa and Mambo are often taught alongside the high energy Latin American styles.

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