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Dancesport - The dances

Ten Dance

Ten Dance is the collection name of Latin- and Standarddances.

Latin Dances




The five Latin dances are the Samba, Cha-Cha-Cha, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive. With their heritage in Latin American (Samba, Cha-Cha-Cha, Rumba), Hispanic (Paso Doble) and American (Jive) cultures, they each have their distinguishing traits but coincide in expressiveness, intensity and energy.

(Text: WDSF)

Standard Dances



The five Standard dances are the Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Slow Foxtrot and Quickstep. Somewhat more formal than their Latin counterparts - and not just in terms of the athletes' attire - they are generally danced in a closed position of the partners. The hold a Standard dance commences with is maintained throughout.

(Text: WDSF) 


BRR-dances is the collection name of the Bugg- and Rock'n'Roll-dances ie. Bugg, Boogie Woogie, Lindy Hop, Rock'n'Roll and Double Bug.




Bugg emerged in Sweden in the 1960s. It has its roots in Lindy Hop, which took Sweden by storm in the 1940s. What clearly differentiates Bugg from Lindy Hop, Boogie Woogie or Rock'n'Roll is that it is a four-step dance (instead of six or eight), and is performed to popular, live dance music. 

Just like the Lindy Hop and Boogie Woogie, Bugg is a dance for couples and has many turning and spinning elements. Interpretation of the music plays an important role. No acrobatic moves or jurnping is allowed.

Improvisation is called for instead of a practiced choreography. Bugg has become an extremely popular dance in Sweden, with competitions taking place as social events practically every week.

(Text: WRRC)

Boogie Woogie


Boogie Woogie


The Boogie Woogie is characterized by fast footwork and lack of choreography. It is a "led" dance requiring harmony between the couples, and is danced to the hot rhythms ofthe 1940s and 1950s. To a certain extent, Boogie Woogie can be seen as the European equivalent of the American dance style of the early 1950s. 

As a competition dance, Boogie Woogie mainly differs from Rock'n’Roll in that it has no practiced choreography. A further difference lies in the foot technique and the accent on the offbeat. A characteristic of Boogie Woogie music, this accent on the offbeat is transferred to the dance step. In Rock'n’Roll, on the other hand, the accent is on the first and third beats in four-four time.

(Text: WRRC)



Lindy Hop



Lindy Hop


Lindy Hop emerged at the end of the 1920s in the large New York ballrooms where people were dancing to the Swing music of the big bands. The Savoy Ballroom in Harlem played a major role in the development of the dance. The Savoy, open to all regardless of class or color, was a real melting pot, and Lindy Hop became one ofits special attractions.

Dancing mainly takes place in couples, and the main features of Lindy Hop are the delight in harmony, the exchange of movement ideas during the dance, and interpretation of the music. Today, the dance is becoming increasingly popular across the entire world, with the dancers continuously swapping ideas to develop it still further in various different directions.

(Text: WRRC)




Rock´n Roll

Rock'n'Roll is pure movement, a cheerful, fast-moving dance that provides a real show for spectators. Rock'n'Roll is charac¬terized by the jumped basic step and acrobatic figures. It is marked by high-precision movements carried out at great speed, and by the fluid combination of dance and spectacular acrobatics. Rock'n'Rol1 has developed into a sport that, apart from the name, has little left in common with the wild dance and flair of the 1950s.

(Text: WRRC)

Double Bugg



Double Bugg is a formation or team dance for three people. Such a trio is normally made up of one man and two women. The man leads both ladies simultaneously in an exciting im¬provised or choreographed show program. The basic step is danced according to Bugg, Boogie Woogie, Lindy Hop Jitterbug and Rock'n'Roll styles.

(Text: WRRC)




Line Dance



Line dance first arose in USA and signifies easily "dance on a line". Line dance is a western individual-and country-inspired dance, which is danced without a partner. With fixed choreographies created by choreographers and detailed in this so-called "step sheets". Most choreographies has an extent on 32, 48 or 64 count (but there are many exceptions) and is danced in an uninterrupted series so long as the music plays. Line dance is so much more than dancers in line with the cowboy hat and boots. Line dance is a major international dance sport under the umbrella term "country dance", where the dancers in addition to ballroom dancing can dance alone in different styles like the cha cha, rumba and waltz.

Uppdaterad: 07 JUN 2016 17:30 Skribent: David Hugoson


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