5 easiest ballroom dances for beginners

If you want to learn how to ballroom dance and you’re a beginner, you are in the right place.  As a beginner you want to start learning easy ballroom dances so that you don’t get discouraged.  You want to take it one step at a time. Having a fun and safe environment with good instructors is key to succeeding in learning how to ballroom dance.

Having a few dance steps down will come in handy in many social situations.  Dance is a lot of fun and gives you a great workout.  Taking dance lessons will also introduce you to new people and is a good way to make new friends.  You have everything to gain by taking up dance.  You will get fitter, healthier, and have a great time doing it. 

So where do you begin?  There are 5 ballroom dances that are pretty easy to learn.  These dances are easy because they use small repeated steps.  With practice and proper instruction you can master any of the dances listed below.  

Here is a list of five dances that we think are the easiest to learn for beginners.

  1. Waltz

This is one of the easiest ballroom dances to learn.  The Waltz is the easiest because it is a slow, smooth dance and only uses four steps. It has a distinctive ¾ timing with a flowing style. Once you can add a rise and fall with your body expression, you will definitely impress on the dance floor!

  1. Foxtrot

What a beautiful rhythmic dance that is so fun to learn.  The Foxtrot is an elegant dance that is reminiscent of old Hollywood with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The dance sequence is an easy four step slow-slow-quick-quick tempo that is easy to learn. This dance flows and is very smooth.

  1. Swing

This is a great dance to learn because this dance will help you succeed in other dances. The basic steps used in Swing can be used for other dances, so, once you learn the Swing, you can adapt it and learn other dances. There are just a few basic steps, but the key is shifting your weight to different feet at different times. This is a fun dance that has lots of room for your personality to shine through!

  1. Rumba

The Rumba is a sensual dance with its origin from eastern Cuba. The steps are simple with two quick side steps and a slow forward step. Because it is in the Latin style of dance, the hips are active and moving in “Cuban motion.” Adding the essential ingredient of subtle side-to-side hip movements while keeping the torso erect makes this a lovely dance to perform and to watch.

  1. Cha Cha

This is such a fun and playful dance that anyone would have fun learning. The Cha Cha is a fast, rhythmic ballroom dance of Latin American origin. It has a basic pattern made up of only three steps and a shuffle, danced in 4/4 time, so it isn’t complicated. The steps are small but, because it is a Latin style dance, it is full of hip motion (“Cuban motion”). And, did we mention that it is fun?!

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Are you a beginner looking to improve your dance skills? At Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Durham, we cater to all levels of dancers. You can begin today learning these easy dance moves and enjoy the many benefits of dancing! For information on our dance classes and dance lessons, call us at 919-489-4313 or fill out our online contact form below!