Ballroom dance is a type of social dancing, originally practiced in Europe and the United States, that is performed by couples and follows prescribed steps. Ballroom dancing was distinguished from folk or country dance by associating the dance style with the elite social classes and with invitational dance events. However, since the 21st century, ballroom dance has been introduced and present in many parts of the world. Ballroom dancing can be divided in two styles. Standard ballroom dances entail the fox-trot, two-step, waltz, polka, disco, quickstep, the tango and many others from the 20th century. Latin ballroom dances entail the samba, cha-cha-cha, rumba, paso doble and the jive. With their heritage in Latin American (Samba, Cha-Cha-Cha, Rumba), Hispanic (Paso Doble) and American (Jive) cultures, they each have their distinguishing traits but coincide in expressiveness, intensity and energy.
At EDS Ballroom classes, you learn different dances at several levels. By the time you reach the advanced level you’ve learned all the dances and you get to master new moves. There is a difference between international standard and international Latin, these two differ in, among other, posture, music and atmosphere. We teach both styles.
All ballroom courses at EDS are on a weekly basis and one (academic) year courses. The Ballroom Speed Course, in contrast, begins mid-season.
Within EDS we teach at three different levels. These are the dances you learn during the practice sessions:
The beginners level is the most basic level of ballroom dancing. For new students this is the starting point. In this level, the goal is to teach the student rhythm, good balance and how to move their body. Furthermore, the student learns how to dance with a partner and work as a team. When the student completes this level, dancing should start to feel more comfortable. In other words, the dancer is able to talk and dance at the same time. The dancer is also able to recognize which dance would fit the music they hear. The footwork, lead and the follow techniques are the basis of this level.
Standard: Slow Waltz, Quickstep, Tango
Latin: Cha-cha-cha, Jive and Rumba
Once the student completes the bronze level, dancing should start to feel natural. In the intermediate/silver level, the student is expected to know the basics of ballroom. The dancer learns to make bigger movements with more styling and turns. During these classes, the dancer can practice and perfect their partnering skills, balance and techniques. While the beginning silver steps are more difficult than bronze, they are still fairly easy and most dancers can execute them with varying levels of success.
Standard: all from Bronze, Viennese Waltz
Latin: all from Bronze, Samba
In the advanced/gold levels the dancer is expected to possess excellent balance, the ability to play around with the timing of the music and more complicated steps. Dancers at this level have even better balance and perform even more difficult patterns than silver level dancers. At this level, it becomes very apparent if the dancer has not established a good foundation in their dancing, because they are unable to perform many of the steps at all, let alone well.
Standard: all from Silver, Slowfox
Latin: all from Silver, Paso Doble