We all heard about Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha Cha and other dances but some of us don’t know that the history of the dances goes way back. In her article ‘Five facts about ballroom dance’ Pauline Clay talks about the diverse and interesting facts surrounding this dance discipline. Let’s see how knowledgeable you are!
1/In earlier times, ballroom dancing was considered the social dances of the privileged and wealthy.
2/During the Victorian era, the waltz was met with opposition because the close hold was considered improper.
3/Even though Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ performances were highly choreographed, many people associate ballroom dancing with the duo. Their on-screen dancing in the 1930s influenced all types of dance.
4/Ballroom dancing is good for cardiovascular health, it builds muscle tone and is great for your joints and spinal column. It also builds confidence and can help reduce stress.
5/Ballroom dance has evolved into a serious competitive sport. About 30 countries regularly participate in international competitions. And while competitive ballroom dance is recognized by the International Olympic Committee, it is not included in the Olympic Games.
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