Ballroom and Social Dance History

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What is the meaning of the word 'ballroom'?

A large room for dancing

When did the popularity of competitive dancing begin?

Early 1920's

What is the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing responsible for?

Standardizing ballroom dances

What is Dancesport?

A combination of art and sport

Which dance style is marked by long, flowing movements, continuous turns, and 'rise and fall'?

Standard (International) Waltz

What is described as one of the most captivating of all ballroom dances?


Which ballroom dance is characterized by staccato movements of the feet and flexed knees?

Argentine Tango

Which ballroom dance is considered one of the most challenging to learn due to its quick rotating nature?

Viennese Waltz

Which ballroom dance is known for its versatility and ability to be danced to a variety of musical styles and tempos?


Which ballroom dance is characterized by a lively, flirtatious style with a distinctive 'Cuban motion'?

Cha Cha

Which ballroom dance originated in Brazil and is considered the most popular among Brazilian dances?


Which ballroom dance is often described as the most passionate and sensual of all Latin ballroom dances?


'Paso Doble' is a ballroom dance that is modeled after the sound, drama, and movement of which traditional Spanish event?


'Jive' is a lively dance style that originated in the United States from African-Americans in the early 1930s and is a variation of which form of dance?


'Viennese Waltz' is characterized by a quick rotating movement with a refined rise and fall, giving it a modest and graceful rotational movement. Who consider it to be one of the most challenging dances to learn?

Most people

What part of the Argentinian Tango makes it stand out from other ballroom dances?

Staccato movements of the feet and flexed knees

Explore the history and development of ballroom and social dance, from its origins in large rooms to its global popularity as a social and competitive activity. Learn about the standardization of ballroom dances by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and the rise of competitive dancing in the early 1920s.

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