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The Waltz

Viennese Waltz was originated near the Austria-Germany area in the late 18th century. The name of the exact person who developed the dance is unknown. The Viennese Waltz is actually the original type of Waltz. It was a German dance before it was made popular, however it remained very controversial in its time of prevalence. The controversy began with the way that the dancers were to have a closed hold position, and its long steps would reveal the ankles of the ladies dancing. Quite scandalous for the time, and considered overly provocative. It was however adopted and made poplar in Vienna. It is a rotary dance, taking the dancers in revolution about the room. Leads rotate to the follows right, thus forming natural turns, before ceasing to rotate and performing a shift change. This leads the follow to the left, thus forming reverse turns. The dance is done at 180 beats per minute.

The Swing

East Coast Swing originated during the 1920’s through 40’s, jazz era. East coast swing is used as a broad term for the swing dances that survived through the decades. East coast was derived from dances of the time, such as the Collegiate Shag, the Balboa, the Lindy Charleston, and the Lindy Hop. Going with the theme of social evolution, the East Coast Swing style of dance was also considered a controversial dance of its time. It was made popular in the very same underground jazz community the supported bootlegging. It was highly frowned upon by the Victorian conservatives, or upper class, at the time. Obviously, prohibition made us want to dance more too.

The Blues

More on the spectrum of controversial art, East Coast probably wouldn’t have made its way to the American ballroom if it weren’t for a dance style that affected American culture back before America was a very strong global power. Blues style was founded in America by the slaves during the early post-civil war reconstruction era. Blues is very low toned. It has a very loose and relaxed frame. The mood is supposed to signify a dreary mood after a long day’s hard and oppressive work in the sun. It was also against the laws so called Jim Crow laws of the time.

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