Ballroom Dance Styles

American Style of Ballroom Dance

The United States has developed a style of social dancing unique in the world today. Social dancing began with the Castle Walk and the Charleston and continued through the jazz era with the Boogie Woogie and Swing. And our style continued to develop with the adoption of Latin rhythms, such as the Rumba and Cha Cha.

Fred Astaire Dance Studios has adapted and refined the American Style of dancing. Our style enables our students to dance comfortable with any partner, at any social function, on every dance floor, to the greatest variety of rhythms.

The American Style syllabus of the Fred Astaire Dance Studios offers a variety of social ballroom dance programs from beginner to professional levels.

International Style of Ballroom Dance

The International Style of ballroom dancing requires a thorough study of specific standardized techniques and movements. These dance techniques and movements are now studied and continually improved upon by dance competitors of every major country in the world.

The movement and style of the modern ballroom dances were established over 50 years ago; whereas, the Latin-American dances were more recently standardized to be included in major World and International dance championships.

The ballroom dances of the International Style provide one of the most exciting courses of study for the contemporary dancer interested in competitive dancing. Awards include the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Gold Star Trophies in both the Modern Ballroom and Latin-American sections.

  • Bronze and Silver
  • Foxtrot
  • Waltz
  • Tango
  • Rumba
  • Cha Cha
  • Samba
  • Mambo
  • Merengue
  • Eastern Swing
  • Western Swing
  • Gold and Supreme Gold
  • Foxtrot
  • Waltz
  • Tango
  • Bolero
  • Cha Cha
  • Paso Doble
  • Viennese Waltz
  • Peabody
  • Eastern Swing
  • Western Swing