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Learning Ballroom Dancing

Picture of kids ballroom dancing in the movie Mad Hot Ballroom.
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Looking for a new way to get some exercise? The show Dancing With The Stars proves that you can stay in shape and have fun by learning the sport - yes, sport - of ballroom dancing.

Ballroom Dancing 101

Ballroom dancing includes the waltz, foxtrot, tango, salsa, cha cha and other dances from around the world. Many of these dances started as activities for the wealthy in elaborate ballrooms and fancy costumes, but they are now practiced by people of all backgrounds. Ballroom dancing with a partner requires good balance, a sense of rhythm and strong body awareness. Ballroom dancing is a great way to improve your fitness and flexibility, relieve stress and make you more popular at school dances.

Getting Started

Many schools are now making ballroom dancing a part of their fitness program. If you've seen the flick, Mad Hot Ballroom, you'll know that ballroom dancing is also a popular extra-curricular activity at some schools and it can become very competitive. If you'd like to start learning how to waltz or tango, ask your teacher about adding ballroom dancing to your P.E. program, or see if there's a teacher at your school who's interested in starting a ballroom dancing club. You can also try checking with local dance studios and community centers, who sometimes offer ballroom dancing lessons for youth.

Did U Know?

  • Competitive ballroom dancing or dancesport competitions are held around the world and dancers are judged on the difficulty of their steps and the chemistry with their partner.
  • Dancing With The Stars may be relatively new, but a World Championship for competitive dancing has been held annually since 1909.
  • Competitive ballroom dancing is being considered as an event for future Olympic games.
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miz-wolf1

miz-wolf1 wrote:

I hate dancing
commented: Sat Nov 30, 2013

JennyD

JennyD wrote:

Dance competitions are not my thing
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