Dance Blog

The 6 Most Romantic Ballroom Dances Ever

Posted on: Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

Romance means something different to a lot of people, even within the theme of ballroom dances.  For the woman who has never seen her husband set foot on a dance floor, a basic step in any ballroom dance style (or better yet, a move from her favorite dance) could be the romantic turning point in their relationship.

However, for the sake of creating something more universal, and less subjective, we have compiled 6 Ballroom Dances that are, and will always be, romantic.

1.  Rumba

Maybe it’s the music, or the sophisticated, yet simple, movements, but we think Rumba is romantic mainly because of what it replaces – the old sway side to side slow dance.  The one you did in high school, the one you had to stand and watch that time you were in a wedding party, the Rumba levels up your slow dancing game.

2.  Argentine Tango

Tango is a little like a volatile romance.  It gets angry, flips out, and makes a big display of its feelings with the traditional Tango.  Then it makes up.  It calms down, gets romantic, and tries its best to dim the lights, change the mood, and begs you to wear those fishnet stockings again.  That is the Argentine Tango.

3. Waltz

There is no dance more stately, elegant, and beautiful than the iconic Waltz.  This is not a whimsical, teenage romance type of dance.  This is a legendary love affair, a travel to the ends of the Earth to reunite with you type of dance.

4. Foxtrot

For some, Foxtrot hovers on the verge of boring.  Those same people may not have an affinity for great music by Dinah Washington, Frank Sinatra, or Rosemary Clooney either.  Nevertheless, Foxtrot is the first dance where leaders gain the ability to talk and dance at the same time.  Romantically speaking, batting eyelashes, and faster heart rates are all well and good, but being able to speak to your dance partner while moving on the dance floor gives this dance an A+ in the romance department.

5. Bolero

If romantic ballroom dances were the mafia, then meet the head of the family – Don Bolero.  This dance is a marriage between Waltz and Rumba, with an unconfirmed affair with the Tango. It is a popular dance known for wide sweeping movements like Waltz, set to a tempo a few notches slower than Rumba, and with a heavy emphasis on staying in close proximity to your dance partner. The Bolero, formerly restricted to the Silver level, is now taught beginning in the Bronze 3 level.

6. Any Dance in Your Kitchen

Did you know that the kitchen is the most romantic dance floor? Why?  Just try it.  The next time your love is cooking dinner, pouring a glass of wine, or grabbing a snack – make your favorite dance move. There doesn’t need to be music, hardwood floors, or mood lighting – just initiative, just have fun dancing and moving your body.  We suggest a Rumba, due to the fact that it is built for closed quarters – nothing against your kitchen, but a Waltz may be a bit tricky.  Sometimes, the most romantic way to dance is in a place where you’d least expect it.

 Final Thought

Notice that before each of the ballroom dances listed there wasn’t an ability classification? It didn’t say “flawless [Dance Style]” or “perfect Rumba” or “Silver 4 Argentine Tang. The reason is simple:

You don’t need perfection to create a perfectly romantic moment with your dance partner. Sometimes it’s just a basic step between two people, no matter the skill levels, that care for each other that can make the most lasting impact.

Do remember that all dance styles above and more are offered at Arthur Murray Dance studios.

Just a quick dance advice: It all just begins with the first step and, depending on how long you’ve been putting off lessons, even that can be pretty romantic.

What is Social Dancing?

Posted on: Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

Social dancing is a non-competitive version of ballroom and latin dancing.  It is comprised of all the same dances, like Foxtrot, Tango, Swing, or Cha-Cha, but designed to be used in practical settings like wedding receptions, nightclubs, business functions, or informal gatherings.  Social dancing is less formal that exhibition dancing and is meant to be enjoyed while socializing.

Important Skills for Good Social Dancing

Leading and Following

The most important skill for good social dancing is Leading and Following.  This is the non-verbal communication from the leader to the follower indicating the direction, timing, and style, among other things.

Posture and Dance Frame

If Leading and Following is a message, then good posture and dance frame are the antenna broadcasting the signal.

Multi-Tasking 

Ultimately, social dancing is having the ability to converse while dancing.  Being able to multi-task, like chatting about work or the weather while Waltzing, takes some practice but allows dancing to develop into natural use much quicker.

How to Get Started with Social Dance

While there are types of dances that people can fake their way through, Social dancing isn’t one of them.  It’s a style of dancing that, when done well, immediately sets the dancer apart, and that all begins with private lessons.

A single private lesson by a reputable school can replace countless hours of group instruction or instructional videos.

Arthur Murray, the founder, understood that as a struggling dancer himself.  He designed a curriculum perfectly suited for those, like him, that had zero dance experience but wanted to experience the benefits that social dancing had to offer.

So, in 1912, Arthur Murray developed a company that did just that and today, Arthur Murray Dance Studios have nearly 300 worldwide locations teaching Social Dance to people across 6 continents.  It’s safe to say that Arthur Murray Dance Studios are the longest running and most successful Social Dance Studios in the world.

A Dance Poem

Posted on: Thursday, December 13th, 2018
Song and Dance 
by Rg Gregory
do you think an old heart can’t sing
do you think an old heart can’t dance
with a love that belongs to spring –
nor i – till i took this glance

in a mirror long put-by – denied
the least touch of light (there being
no cause but to let it hide)
yet now there’s this sudden seeing

this astonishing flow of longing
that gives the dulled glass a shine
and so many lost wants thronging
(must i fear the eyes aren’t mine)

dream has shaken its sheets out
a freshness (discarded) restored
muted rhythms let loud beats out
(scared hopes being reassured)

unfathomable scores its chances
(love’s fingers plucking the strings)
can’t you see – this lame heart dances
can’t you hear – this dried heart sings