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What Is Round Dancing?

Round Dancing is a form of social ballroom dancing in which the steps are choreographed precisely to the music, and those steps are announced by a "cuer," as we dance. The presence of the cuer makes a round dance look different than the usual ballroom dance — all the couples are dancing in unison and the choreography can be relatively complex and interesting (since the man doesn't have to think it up as he goes) — but otherwise round dancers are ballroom dancing. We hold our partners in the normal way. We take the same kinds of steps. The rhythms are the familiar rhythms — waltz, foxtrot, cha-cha, rumba, and others listed in the navigation bar to the left. more

This manual describes how to round dance. The steps, figures, and techniques also work well at weddings, dinner dances, and other social ballroom functions.

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Come Dancing, from ARTS (PDF)

About Dance—

Or, for a list of all educational articles on how to dance more smoothly and comfortably, see this TOC.

Latest Additions To Dance Site—

Your Space or Mine? by Jack & Judy DeChenne

Smooth Dancing -- Moving from III/IV to IV/V by Dick & Karen Fisher

Secrets Of Successful Dancing by Wayne & Barbara Blackford

Movin' On UP! by Kristine & Bruce Nelson

How Figures Come To Be by Sandi & Dan Finch

A Brief History of Square and Round Dancing by Herb & Cathy Egender

Round Dancing -- The Best Is Yet To Come! by Irv & Betty Easterday

A Who's Who by Sandi & Dan Finch

Why Bother With Standards? by Sandi & Dan Finch

The Tangos -- Argentine, International, and American Styles by Jack & Judy DeChenne

A Few Tango Figures in — Round Dance Tips by Tim Eum.

West Coast Swing Is A Wonderful Thing by Kristine & Bruce Nelson

Oh, My Aching Feet by Sandi & Dan Finch

A Few Notes On East Coast Swing by Dan & Sandi Finch

"Jive III" in — Round Dance Tips by Tim Eum — Some fun figures from phase III to VI.

International Tango by Wayne & Barbara Blackford

Our Round Dance Classics by Mick

It's A Side Show by Brent & Judy Moore

Is It Really Banjo, or CBM and CBMP? by Wayne & Barbara Blackford

Quickstep by Dick & Karen Fisher

The ABCs of Round Dance Style by Harmon & Betty Jorritsma

Rise and Fall -- How, When, and Why by Brent & Judy Moore

Quickstep -- An Introduction by Bruce & Kristine Nelson

An Introduction to Lead and Follow by Dick Fisher

How Much Technique at Phase II? by Don Casper & Heike Beck

Partner Dancing by Sandi & Dan Finch

History of the Modern Latin Rhythms by Sandi & Dan Finch

"The Viennese Waltz" and other articles on round dancing — Round About, © by Roy & Phyllis Stier

Feathers by Harold & Meredith Sears

What Is There About the Argentine Tango by Sandi & Dan Finch

Samba by Pete & Mary McGee

Picture Figures by Sandi & Dan Finch

Picture Figures by Pat & Joe Hilton

Simply Salsa! by Karen & Dick Fisher

Dancing In Your Head by Harold & Meredith Sears

Quickstep by Warren & Sandy Teague

Quickstep, Notes for Dance Improvement by Brent & Mickey Moore

Differences Between Latin and Modern Rhythms by Rod & Sue Anderson, a comparison of the waltz and rumba Box.

Let's Learn to Twist by Dan & Sandi Finch (rumba hip twists)

Paso Doble: The Beginning by Sandi & Dan Finch

Paso Doble: Continued by Ron & Mary Noble

What Makes Figures Work by Pat & Joe Hilton

Arms -- I Can't Do A Thing With Them by Sandi & Dan Finch

Bolero -- "The Cuban Dance of Love" by TJ & Bruce Chadd

Efforts We Can Mke To Improve All Our Dancing by Harold & Meredith Sears

The Foxy Foxtrot by Gert-Jan & Susie Rotscheid

It's More Than Just Banjo -- Making Sense of CBM and CBMP by Dan & Sandi Finch

Cha Cha Clinic Notes by Wayne & Barbara Blackford

One Figure, a discussion of the Slow Two Step Switches and Triple Traveler by Harold & Meredith Sears.

Selecting Ballroom Dance Shoes by Darrah Chavey

Rotational Figures by Brent & Judy Moore

Improving Rhythmic Definition by Brent & Micky Moore

The Dixie Round Dance Council has published one or more educational articles per month for many years. Check out my archive (and if you have a newsletter collection and know what was printed in a month that I don't list, please let me know).

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