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Are you up for ballroom dancing?

Soumya Vajpayee, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, December 09, 2012
First Published: 14:31 IST(9/12/2012) | Last Updated: 14:35 IST(9/12/2012)

It's the season to be jolly. Which means, it’s time for cakes, shopping, partying and planning for the big evening. While it is party season which (hopefully) means dancing every night, Christmas is somewhat different. At a Christmas party, elegant ballroom dancing somehow feels right. So here’s the low-down you need to set the dance floor on fire.

Jive: This is the most popular dance for a Christmas party. It an energetic form where moves are fluid and the music is upbeat and fast paced.

Rock-n-Roll: This form is as popular as the jive. Speed is the most integral and enjoyable part of this dance.

Waltz: One of the most elegant ballroom dance forms, the waltz is easy to learn and an all-time favourite for a romantic evening.

Cha-cha-cha: It’s a Latin American dance form. The music for the cha-cha-cha is energetic with a steady beat.  

Salsa, Bachata and Merengue:  These are popular Latin dances. They are sensuous, fun and have simple steps. They are generally referred to as club dances.

Hustle: This form uses popular retro music with disco beats in which you can enjoy the craziness of the jive and the twirls of the salsa.

Largely, it takes about seven to 12 hours to learn the basic steps of any ballroom dance form. “If you’ve learnt dancing or know the basics of moving your body to a rhythm, you can pick up the jive in a day, but the cha-cha-cha is more structural and needs a couple of days,” says Regan Rodricks from Blue Bulb dance classes.

Talking about the best dances for youngsters, Priti Gupta, co-founder, DanceSport India, says, “In my opinion all age groups enjoy all the aforementioned dances. But the jive, rock-n-roll, the hustle, the salsa and the bachata are the best ones for youngsters.”

Floor rules
Make sure you wear long-lasting perfume and have enough mint handy as a breath freshener since ballroom dancing is all about couples and there will be much togetherness.

Gentlemen: Always ask the lady to dance with you very politely.

Ladies: You should avoid refusing a dance unless you absolutely have to.

Always thank your partner after the song is over, and escort the lady off the dance floor after you finish. Do not leave her stranded there.

If you sweat too much, take frequent breaks to freshen up. You don’t want your partners to feel disgusted holding you.

Your outfit and accessories should be comfortable and easy to dance in.

Respect others on the dance floor and do not try to occupy the entire area.

Leave the lifts and tricks for performances and competitions. Keep ballroom dance simple.

When leaving the party, don’t disappear suddenly. Thank the host and the people you may have danced with. If you liked the music, acknowledge the DJ.

Movers and shakers
Moves and Rhythms Dance Academy, Ghatkopar (W): 6163 8537
Tijos Dance Academy, Goregaon (E): 6730 6257
Blue Bulb, Andheri (E): 6730 2917.
Nataraj Dance Classes, Vashi:  4917 7399
Dancing Passions, Vashi: 6161 4278
DanceSport India, Colaba : 99200 53329
Adam And Eve Ballroom Dance Classes, Andheri (E): 6730 8670
Dance Class, Kandivali (E): 98197 81404
Sandip Soparrkar’s Ballroom Studio, Bandra (W): 98193 61074
Baile -de- Salón, Colaba and Powai : 97021 00067, 98339 73669

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