American Style of Ballroom Dance

Contributed by Miriam Ellis
American Style Ballroom (formerly named Smooth) includes four dances (rhythms); namely, Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango and
Viennese Waltz.
THE AMERICAN STYLE OF BALLROOM DANCE
American Style Ballroom (formerly named Smooth) includes four dances (rhythms); namely, Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango and
Viennese Waltz. Peabody is included in the technique books, but is not a requirement for examination purposes. Foxtrot
and Waltz are extremely closely related, (Viennese Waltz to some extent), with regard to the Step Lists. This makes the
studying of the technique as simple as the author, Ms. Esther Don, could devise. Not surprisingly, the Tango stands
alone. For many years the American Style of dance was considered to be a “poor relative” of the
International Style. Nothing could be further from the truth nowadays. The new American Style is very lovely, and far
better suited to the beginning student, because it is so simple that it immediately creates confidence. It is also a natural
for the social dance scene. As a result, then, the American Style is a marvelous stepping-stone to the International Style.
Dance Studio owners and instructors should use their business acumen wisely, in creating a naturally progressive plan
for their students, which incorporates both styles of dance. Whilst the International Style has always been famous for
its explicit technique, it is only in recent years that the American Style has followed the same path. Consequently, many
pitfalls, which were common years ago, can now be avoided, provided the technique is adhered to closely. Footwork in
particular has experienced a major improvement, as have Alignments and Rise and Fall. In former manuals the details in
these columns were rather vague. The description of Sway is much clearer in the new manuals, and it goes without
saying that Sway should not be exaggerated in American Style Ballroom. In conclusion, American Style Ballroom, as it
is written today, is a must for everyone.