The basics of ballroom dancing

Do you want to be a Salsa sensation, a Mambo marvel or a Cha Cha Cha champion?

If you’ve ever watched Strictly Come Dancing and wished you could be taken through your steps with a ballroom and Latin professional, come to Karen Hardy Dance Studios for private ballroom dancing lessons in your chosen discipline.

At our stylish dance studios in London’s Imperial Wharf, Chelsea, you can book private ballroom dance tuition or join classes. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced dancer wanting to tighten up your steps, we cater to all levels of ability.


Types of Ballroom dances:

  • Social Foxtrot: This Social version of the classical Foxtrot is the easiest and quickest of dances to initially learn.
  • Waltz: Learning how to Waltz is easy – the dance is suited to slow ballads or instrumental music in 3/4 time.
  • Tango: The Tango is danced to medium tempo orchestral, often march-like music.
  • Viennese Waltz: The Viennese Waltz is danced to fast music in 3/4 or 6/8 time, often classical such as Strauss Waltzes.
  • Foxtrot: Born out of the Ragtime era and synonymous with one man named Harry Fox came the Foxtrot in 1913.
  • Quickstep: The QuickTime Foxtrot and Charleston were fused together to bring us a dance offering speed, body flight, flare and daring tempo changes known as the Quickstep.

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Our Latin and rhythm dances:

  • Cha Cha Cha: The Cha Cha Cha is danced to medium-tempo Latin music. This is an exciting, syncopated Latin dance that originated in the 1950s.
  • Samba: The Samba is danced to medium tempo Brazilian Latin music with a strong downbeat.
  • Rumba: The Rumba is danced to a slow Latin ballad. The origins of the dance are closely related to the origins of the Samba.
  • Paso Doble: The Paso Doble is a dance that requires dramatic Latin ‘bullfight’ music – frequently a song entitled Espana Cani.
  • Jive: The Jive is danced to very fast swing music. The dance was originally the UK’s version of the American Jitterbug and East Coast Swing during World War II.
  • Mambo: The Mambo is accompanied by up-tempo Latin music. The dance originated in Cuba where there were substantial settlements of Haitians.
  • Salsa: The Salsa is danced to up-tempo Latin music but it is not easily defined. It is a distillation of many Latin and Afro-Caribbean dances.
  • Argentine Tango: The Argentine Tango is more risque than the more commonly known Ballroom Tango. It is danced to medium tempo orchestral music.
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll: With the fusion of jump blues, jive dance and the great teenage identity, the 1950s gave birth to the generation of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

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