Commonly Confused Dance Terms

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Learning to dance doesn’t only teach your body a new language, you’ll also learn the terms of the dance as well. To help you learn the terms of dancing, we have compiled a list of Commonly Confused Dance Terms.

  • Ballroom Dancing
    Ballroom dancing doesn’t just mean dancing at a ball or dancing competition, it is a general term that means partner dancing, in general. When ballroom dancing, you don’t need to be dressed in a ballgown or tuxedo every time you decide to dance. Give ballroom dancing a try.
  • Dance Evaluation
    Dance evaluation doesn’t mean that you’ll be tested for your dance skills. It simply means that you’ll have a meeting with a certified teacher who will discuss with you your dance goals and try some dance moves with you. This is done to determine how you learn best and which program would be most suitable for you.
  • Traveling Dance, Spot Dance, Slot Dance
    Travelling dance is a dance that takes place all across the dance floor. Viennese Waltz, Quickstep, Foxtrot, Waltz, Paso Doble, Tango, and Country dances are all examples of travelling (or progressive) dances.
    A spot dance, on the other hand, is a dance in which the couple selects a spot on the dance floor and stays in that area throughout their dance routine. Some of the most common spot dance include East Coast Swing, Bolero, Rumba, Cha Cha, and Latin Club dances such as Bachata and Merengue.
    A Slot Dance, not to be confused with some slot game that can be found at www.slotswise.com, is a dance where the couple maintains a certain column shape (a slot) on the dance floor. Examples of such dances include West Coast Swing, Salsa, Zouk, and Hustle.
  • Frame
    When dancing, most people are focused on their feet. But, in reality, you need to hold your upper body in a string frame so that you can feel a connection, and your feet can move where you desire.  
  • Line of Dance
    Have you noticed how ballroom dancers never seem to bump into each other during the progressive dances? This is because they follow an invisible track around the outside of the dance floor. If you decide to learn some of the progressive dances, you’ll also be instructed how to follow this invisible line of dance.
  • Connection
    By connection, we mean the way partners communicate with each other when dancing. Good connection is what leaders and followers in dancing are searching for in every dance because it makes the dancing a pleasure. When you have a combination of a good connection with good frame and tone, it is very easy for the follower to know what the leader wants.
  • Styling
    Styling is what really makes you “you” on the dance floor. Styling should reflect the character of the dance and lets the dancers put their own personality onto the dance floor. Just as the style of the Tango is different to one of the Swing, your own style is unique and different from every other dancer on the dance floor.


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