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Ballroom Dancing

words are not really strong enough to explain what actually is an visual art.
Some of you have seen the dance in shows like Strictly come dancing. Don't get overwellmed, there the amateurs dance with a professional and the showdances are a result of very intensive training. (8 -10h a day for at least 3 month before the first show). But very often the character of the dance is very clear. This website will be renewed as often as possible and we planned to choose some links for you. For the moment just type: ballroom dancing in youtube and will find plenty of examples.

We only wish to give you some brief explaination, they are not a complete definition.

Standard Dances
Slow Waltz, Tango, Slowfoxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep
Theses 5 dances are part of the international modern ballroom dancing programme. 5 dances that are danced in a stable closed hold. Harmony is created by perfect synchronasation and coordination of to two bodies.
Each dance has it's own characteristicsSlow Waltz:
The most romatic dance. Should look soft and still very dynamique.
The passionate one. Sharpness in the movements to express the staccato of the music. Fast movements & headflicks are very typical for tango. Not to confuse with the very intimate Argentine
Viennese Waltz:
The classical standard dance. It is fast, turns to right and to left. But the turns should look bold and smooth. Nowerdays we see also other figures.
A very linear dance. The music is very smooth. Some professionals describe it as skating over the floor.
Sparkling like champagne, with some skipping movements and some charleston elements. It should look light. This one feel like flying over the floor.

Latin american dances:
Cha-cha, Rumba, Jive, Paso Doble, Samba

The dancers have different variations in their hold. From face to face to side by side... everything is is used. Still the dancers express two clearly defined roles a lady and a man. A strong leader as a man and dynamique follower as a lady. The dances also have their very own charactaristics:
The roots are in Brazil, but is has taken a different developpement as a couple dance. Bouce and hip actions being the most visible one, still giving a smooth and round look.

rythmical, direct, sharp, playfull, simply fun to look at.
the most romantic and sensual one. The lady seducing the man and the next moment she rejects him. Elegant Rumba walks, fast turns and expressive bodylines.
Paso Doble
A little bit of a bullfight, the lady being the cape, the man matador. It also integrates elements of the flamenco. The dancepartner challenge each other. It is all about designing the space.
the competitive version of the swing dances. With triple steps, kicks, flicks, plenty of gimmicks.
It should be light and really express fun.

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Next Start  Beginners Slow Waltz
Thursday      28.09.    20:45 (GB,F, NL)
Sunday         01.10.    18:00 (D,GB)

Newcomers welcome, please join us even if you don't have a partner.
We start from the very basic. We change the dances every 4 weeks.
The classes are held in English, German, French and or Dutch according to the majority of the participants

For dancers with experience: Please check the list of our classes, you are welcome to all of our intermediate and advanced classes for a try out.
The language is basicaly in English but we do adapt to the dancers in NL, D, F where necessary.

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