Hello dancers,

Although you are all on your way to becoming masters of dance, we thought we’d share some known and unknown facts about ballroom dancing.

1) Originally, the tango was a light spirited Flamenco dance from Spain. The Tangano, an African dance imported with the slaves, is a more likely precursor.

2) The fox has been said to have an unusual gait amongst animals: It can walk with its feet under its body to form a single track which is a theory how the foxtrot began. The foxtrot was danced this way early in its history.

3) The mambo dance originated in Cuba, where there were substantial settlements of Haitians. The mambo was originally any rumba with a riff ending.

4) The samba originated in Brazil. It was and is danced as a festival dance during the street festivals.

5) Originally known as the Cha-cha-cha. It became popular about 1954. Cha-cha is an offshoot of the mambo. In the slow mambo tempo, there was a distinct sound in the music that people began dancing to, calling the step the “triple” mambo. Eventually it evolved into a separate dance, known today as the cha-cha. The dance consists of three quick steps (triple step or cha cha cha) and two slower steps on the one beat and two beat.

Till next time,

Arthur Murray Etobicoke šŸ™‚