Ballroom & Latin American Dancing: Facts & Ideas

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Interesting facts about Ballroom & Latin American Dancing: Facts & Ideas

  • The term 'ballroom dancing' is derived from the word ball, which in turn comes from ‘ballare’ which means 'to dance' in Latin.
  • The earliest recorded Ballroom dancing took place in the late 16th century.

  • The waltz was a shocking dance in its day as the man and the woman danced facing each other almost in an embrace. It only became acceptable in English society when the young Queen Victoria took to it with a passion.

  • The samba originated in Brazil. It was, and still is, danced as a festival dance during the street festivals.

  • The fox can walk with its feet under its body to form a single track. The foxtrot was originally danced this way and is a theory of how the foxtrot began.

  • The largest Cha-Cha Slide dance was achieved by 3,231 participants at a Girlguiding event at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in 2011.

  • The largest waltz was achieved by 1,510 couples at an event in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 2010.

  • The largest cha cha cha dance involved 3,379 participants and was achieved by pupils, staff and parents of Edgefield Primary School in Singapore, on 17 July 2011. 43 participants were disqualified as they did not execute the steps correctly and did not synchronise the choreography with the other dancers!

How to pick a ballroom dance teacher for your child about Ballroom & Latin American Dancing: Facts & Ideas

Things to consider when looking for a ballroom dancing teacher;

  • Do they follow a dance syllabus and enter children for exams? Does your child want to just dance for fun without taking exams? Can the teacher accommodate either preference?
  • How many other children are in the class? Is it mixed gender?

  • What is the studio space like? Can you go and have a look at it before you sign up?

  • Is there a strict dress code? Most dance schools encourage children to wear any comfortable clothes but guidelines are often more specific regarding footwear.

National associations about Ballroom & Latin American Dancing: Facts & Ideas

The British Dance Council was formed in 1929 as the Official Board of Ballroom Dancing (OBBD). The name was subsequently changed in 1985 to the British Council of Ballroom Dancing and in 1996, the name was changed to British Dance Council. The BDC is the recognised governing body for Ballroom, Latin, Sequence dancing & Freestyle/Disco dance in the United Kingdom.

British Theatre Dance Association

Royal Academy of Dance

Qualifications & exams about Ballroom & Latin American Dancing: Facts & Ideas

Qualifications/grades – children

The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is one of the world’s leading dance examinations boards. They offer Grade Examinations in Modern Ballroom and Latin American.

The National Association of Teachers of Dancing offers graded examinations and medal tests in Ballroom and Latin American dancing.

The International Dance Teachers’ Association is one of the world’s largest examination boards, covering the full spectrum of dance examinations on a global scale, with over 7,000 members in 55 countries.

Qualifications of teachers

The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing provides training and qualifications for dance teachers.

The Professional Teachers of Dancing (PDT) is an examining board and teaching society and is accredited by the Council for Dance Education and Training. Established in 1992, it is a not-for-profit society that covers a range of dance subjects both in the UK and abroad.

Learning from the activity about Ballroom & Latin American Dancing: Facts & Ideas

  • Coordination
  • Balance

  • Focus/concentration

  • Agility

  • Strength

  • Stamina

  • Posture

  • Flexibility

  • Precision

  • Gross motor skills

  • Rhythm

  • Physical fitness

  • Discipline

Ballroom and Latin American dancing is a great way for a child to keep fit, strengthen core muscles and a fantastic way to improve his or her sense of self-confidence and pride in their bodies and what they can accomplish through practise.

Live performances may also increase your child’s self-esteem, sense of achievement and confidence in public. Dancing is a lovely way for your child to meet like-minded children and perhaps develop new friendships outside of their normal circle of school friends.

Famous people about Ballroom & Latin American Dancing: Facts & Ideas

Strictly Come Dancing has forever changed, and improved, the image of Ballroom and Latin dancing. With that in mind, here is a list of some of our favourite competitors that have graced our screens since the program started in 2004.

David Dickinson, Natasha Kaplinsky, Carol Vorderman, Julian Clary, Fiona Phillips, Dennis Taylor, Nicholas Owen, Carol Smillie, Willie Thorne, Kelly Brook, Alesha Dixon, John Sergeant, Natalie Cassidy, Susanna Reid, Edwina Currie, Lulu, Johnny Ball, Fern Britton, Lisa Riley and, of course, who can forget Ann Widdecombe?

Interesting articles about Ballroom & Latin American Dancing: Facts & Ideas

Ballroom dancing is helping to improve behaviour and interest more children in exercise, researchers have found. The Telegraph.

YouTube about Ballroom & Latin American Dancing: Facts & Ideas

Two kids, ages 12 and 11, strut their stuff at the American Ballroom Dance Championship.

Kyla aged 9 and Matthew aged 11 after dancing together for 9 months.

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