American Smooth dancing includes the sub-genres of American Waltz, American Foxtrot, and American Viennese Waltz. Read below to learn more about each dance style.
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Generally believed to have originated in Austria from a folk dance, the Waltz is a slow, graceful ballroom dance danced to beautiful music that can sometimes have a melancholy feel to it. Both the American “Smooth” and the International “Standard” versions progress counter-clockwise around the room, however in the Smooth the couple is permitted to break a “closed” hold, whereas in the Standard the couple must remain in a closed embrace. Because couples have more freedom in their arm positions, the American Waltz can have more show-like aspects to it and it is for this reason that this dance is a favorite of many.
The Foxtrot was originally danced to fast ragtime music, but over time has come to be danced to slower swing tempos. It is a sassy and sophisticated dance done to music with the same qualities! If you like Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Vic Damone, Cole Porter or other greats of the day, you will love Foxtrot. It’s a stroll through the park. When you’re dancing it, that’s exactly how you’ll feel.
Tango originated first as music and then as a dance in the country of Argentina. Having influences from Spanish and African culture, the Tango is a unique dance that has many styles around the world. A bold and passionate dance with the couple in a very close hold, the Tango is a favorite of many. The American Tango is more theatrical and athletic than its International counterpart, giving it a look very different from that of the International. We recommend viewing the videos for both.
American Viennese Waltz
This is the original form of the Waltz developed during the time of the famous composer Strauss. It is a rotary dance where the dancers are constantly turning either toward their right or toward their left. Many people love this dance for its unparalleled grace and lovely music, but the American style has the added theatrical aspect of couples going in and out of closed arm embraces, giving it a wonderfully entertaining quality.