In Ballroom dancing, music has a major impact on your dancing experience. Without the music, there would be no dance.
The Music determines…
- what type of dance you will be doing according to the beat pattern: (Waltz, Swing, Fox Trot, Rumba, etc.)
- when to begin the dance
- tempo (rate of speed) of dance
- length of the dance
- dance ability
When Dan and I begin to teach our class a specific dance, we like to play the music and count out the beat together. For example, when we teach a waltz we play a waltz-type beat song. (See below for Waltz music) Then we count out the beat as a class. The Waltz has a constant measure of 1-2-3, and 4-5-6. The tempo is slow. This helps the students with the beat. Each specific dance has its specific beat and rhythm.
Part of learning to dance is hearing a song and knowing what type of dance you will be doing. This comes with time and practice.
Music will take you from walking to dancing!
Count: 1-2-3, 4-5-6… constant measure (slight rise on the “2” count)
The woman leans her upper body back slightly into the man’s hand
Think: Smooth, flowing, romantic, graceful
Waltz Music to Download:
- Fascination by Nat King Cole – nice and slow for beginners
- Their Hearts are Dancing by The Forester Sisters-Great Beat
- Could I Have This Dance by Anne Murray
- Husbands and Wives by Neal Diamond – this has a great 1-2-3 beat, easy to hear the counts
- Tennessee Waltz by various artists – traditional waltz
- Moon River by various artists – traditional waltz
- A Daisy in December-Serenade-Mike McAuley & Winifred Horan
- Rainbow Connection-Beverly Mahood(faster)
- You light up my life-LeAnn Rimes
- Play Me-Neil Diamond(faster)
God’s Word-Psalms 104:33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.