Ballroom dancing

Hi everyone, how are we all doing today? Thanks for checking out my hobbies and leisure blog. I’ve had a bit of a busy week, taking my first ballroom dancing lessons this week.  I managed to find the best price for ballroom dance costumes here;

Ballroom Dancing

Ballroom dancing can be a hard hobby to get into.  It can be incredibly challenging in that it demands your full attention and focus.  You also have to be incredibly determined to succeed in it, and put a lot of time in.  However, it can be incredibly fulfilling and exciting, and is a great way to have fun with your partner.  You might find it’s the best time you’ve had in a long time. Plus, added bonus it has some of the funniest dance move names since I learnt some Golf terminology.


What is Ballroom dancing

When we talk about ballroom dancing we normally talk about International Style competition dances.  For this ballroom dancing is split into 2 different styles; Standard and Latin.  Whilst the two styles differ immensely in technique, style, rhythm and costumes, they both illustrate control, and working in sync with a partner. There are 5 different Standard dances, and 5 different Latin style dances. Most people will practice both areas of International Style competition dances, although some will just practice standard dancing, and other latin dancing.


The 5 ballroom dancing styles are; Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot and Quickstep.  These range from 28 bars per minute to 60 bars per minute.  

Music you will expect to hear: Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Big Band, Orchestral works.



For the Latin ballroom dancing; Samba, Cha-cha-cha, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive.

These range from 24 bars per minute to 56 bars per minute.

Music you will expect to hear: Latin music, Shakira, Elvis, Big Band swing.

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How do I get into ballroom dancing?

If you are interested in getting into ballroom dancing then your first step should be to watch plenty of ballroom dancing.  Thanks to reality tv, there is thousands of hours of ballroom dancing at your disposal to watch and learn about.

How much will it cost me?

One of the biggest draws of ballroom dancing is the cost. Thanks to the high cost of costumes, shoes, competitions, travel costs and tuition. However, there are ways to lower the cost to yourself. One of the best ways to share the cost is by getting your partner involved with yourself. Making something a joint hobby is a great way to share the costs out. Travel, training and competing costs can all be shared. Another great way to lower the costs is to look at purchasing cheap or second hand costumes.  You can buy cheap fashion items from online classified ads websites such as

What do I wear?

There’s a big difference between the type of outfit you will be wearing for your classes, and for competing. For classes, most dance studios will be able to provide you with information regarding their dress code. If not it’s best to wear something you find comfortable.  You will need to wear heels if you’re a woman, look for something with a 1-2” heel to begin with.  

For competing there will be a big difference in what to wear depending on which competition you are entering and what the dance is. A general rule of thumb is to check out what others are wearing.  

For Latin dances,I’ve found some of the best prices for cheap cha-cha-cha dresses online here;  

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about ballroom dancing, and try it out for yourself!

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