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The Elegance of Ballroom Dancing
Ballroom dancing is a cherished tradition in the United Kingdom, known for its grace, poise, and refined movements. It is a dance style that has captivated the hearts of many Britons for generations. The allure of the ballroom lies in its elegant and structured nature, making it a popular choice for both dancers and spectators alike.
A Rich History
Ballroom dancing in the UK has a rich history that dates back to the 18th century. It evolved from the social dances of the time, becoming a favourite pastime of the upper classes. Over the years, it gained popularity across all strata of society, becoming a cherished tradition at weddings, social gatherings, and even competitions.
Styles of Ballroom Dancing
There are two main categories of ballroom dancing: Standard and Latin. Each category includes a variety of dances, each with its own unique style and character.
The Standard category includes dances such as the Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Viennese Waltz, and Quickstep. These dances are characterized by their flowing and smooth movements, with partners gliding gracefully across the dance floor. The Standard category is often associated with traditional ballroom dancing, emphasizing precision and technique.
The Latin category includes dances like the Cha-Cha, Rumba, Samba, Paso Doble, and Jive. These dances are known for their vibrant and energetic style, with passionate and rhythmic movements. Latin dances bring a fiery and passionate element to ballroom dancing, adding excitement to the repertoire.
Competitive ballroom dancing is a significant part of the dance scene in the UK. Dancers train rigorously and compete in various competitions, including local, national, and international events. These competitions showcase the highest level of skill, artistry, and dedication in the world of ballroom dancing.
The Blackpool Dance Festival
One of the most prestigious ballroom dance events in the UK is the Blackpool Dance Festival. Held annually in the iconic Blackpool Winter Gardens, it attracts top dancers from around the world. The festival features a wide range of categories and is a highlight of the ballroom calendar.
The Future of Ballroom Dancing
Ballroom dancing continues to thrive in the United Kingdom, with a growing community of dancers, teachers, and enthusiasts. It offers a unique blend of art, athleticism, and social connection that appeals to people of all ages. As the dance scene evolves, the elegance and charm of ballroom dancing are likely to remain a cherished tradition in the UK for years to come.
Ballroom dancing in the UK is a testament to the enduring power of tradition and the timeless appeal of elegance. With its rich history, diverse styles, and vibrant competitions, it remains a beloved form of expression and entertainment in the country.
Ballroom dancing is not just about graceful movements; it is equally dependent on the music that accompanies each dance. The right music sets the tempo, mood, and atmosphere for a captivating dance performance.
Classical Tunes for Standard Dances
For Standard dances like the Waltz and Viennese Waltz, classical music often takes center stage. Compositions by famous composers like Johann Strauss II and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky provide the perfect backdrop for these elegant and romantic dances. The 3/4 time signature of the Waltz, for example, matches beautifully with the sweeping melodies of classical waltzes.
Latin Rhythms for Latin Dances
Latin dances like the Samba and Cha-Cha require music with infectious rhythms and fiery beats. Percussion-heavy Latin music, often infused with influences from Cuba, Brazil, and other Latin American countries, fuels the passion and energy of these dances. Popular Latin artists such as Carlos Santana and Gloria Estefan have contributed iconic tracks to the Latin dance repertoire.
Contemporary Hits for a Modern Twist
While traditional music forms the foundation of ballroom dance, modern ballroom dancers also incorporate contemporary hits into their routines. This fusion of styles keeps the dance scene vibrant and accessible to younger generations. Dancers might choose songs by artists like Ed Sheeran or Beyoncé, adapting them to suit the dance style and choreography.
The Role of the Dance Band
Live music is a cherished aspect of ballroom dance events in the UK. Dance bands, often featuring talented vocalists and instrumentalists, provide a dynamic and interactive experience for dancers and audiences alike. These bands tailor their performances to suit the various dance styles, ensuring that the music enhances the dance experience.
DJ Sets for Versatility
In addition to live music, many ballroom dance events also incorporate DJ sets. This allows for a wide range of musical genres to be explored, catering to the diverse tastes of dancers. DJs can seamlessly transition between traditional ballroom classics and contemporary hits, ensuring that there is something for everyone on the dance floor.
Whether it's the timeless melodies of a classical waltz, the pulsating rhythms of a Latin dance, or the infectious beats of a modern hit, music plays an integral role in the world of ballroom dancing in the UK. It adds depth, emotion, and character to each dance, making the experience truly unforgettable.
Welcome to the new Dance With Passion website. Here you will find lots of information about Prestons No1 venue for learning to dance weather you are a beginner just starting out or a championship dancer DWP is the only place you need to look.Please bookmark
“NEWS” The all new ” Big Dance Night”
At the beautiful Chorley Town Hall on Friday 30th October 2015. This promises to a fantastic night for all Ballroom,Latin and sequence dancers brought to you by DWP and Chris Hopkins the world famous Blackpool Tower organist
Tickets are £10 on the door
Our brand new 2015 timetable starts w/c 11th October with lots of new classes including Strictly beginners ballroom and Latin classes and due to demand a new children’s dance zone session for streetdance on Thursdays and all new Stunt Cheerleading classes on Fridays. We also have new Adult Ballroom and Latin Classes in Chorley on Mondays and Tuesdays and Leyland on Wednesday’s. For more info contact us via our contacts page
We had a great time at the Britain’s Got Talent auditions in Manchester this year. Both our juvenile Glamrock team and the junior Viva Elvis team got yes’s from the judges including Simon Cowel,Amanda Holden,Alisha Dixon and David Walliams and DWP were the only school to have 2 acts make the short list. Have a look at the “Viva Elvis” Junior team in action.
In 2014 DWP had our most successful year ever and had championship wins in all styles
In our Latin Formation we had Northern Masters champions, FTA champions, United Kingdom champions and British finalists
In Cheerdance we had 6 Cheerdance UK championships wins and 5 UKA Cheerdance championships
In Streetdance we had 5 Hip Hop Uk championship wins 1 UKA championship and qualified or the UDO world streetdance championships
In the 9 years since DWP was formed we have won over 100 titles in different dance styles making us No1 in the area
DWP are proud Members of the United Kingdom Alliance of Dance Teachers, the Dance Promoters Association, The Formation Teachers Alliance and are British Dance Council registered Adjudicators
Please check out our updated dates for your diary page with lots of info about upcoming events,socials and competitions. We also have ALL NEW BEGINNERS “STRICTLY DANCE” CLASSES Starting on Sunday 11th October 6pm at the DWP studio or Tuesday 13th October 7.15pm at Chorley St Johns ambulance Hall.
We have now started our American style Stunt Cheerleading classes on Fridays 6pm till 8pm at the DWP studio