What’s the Origin of Your Favorite Ballroom Dance?

Did you know that Arthur Murray was an early pioneer of Swing Dancing? It’s true! First called the Lindy Hop in the 1920s, Swing is an all-American dance. And, talk about fun? What’s better than moving around on the dance floor with your favorite partner?

In fact, all ballroom dances have interesting histories. Indeed, Samba, Waltz, Jive and Rumba didn’t just appear out of nowhere. And, you don’t have to go far to learn how to dance to these great favorites. Reach out to an Arthur Murray Dance Center near you and soon you’ll have the answer to: So you think you can dance?

Here are some neat facts about some of our favorite ballroom dances:

The Waltz

The waltz was first known as a folk dance in the Bavarian region of Germany as well as in Austria. This is a two-person dance and is known for its slow and graceful movements. Waltz was first made popular by composer Johann Strauss in the mid-19th century.


untitledThe Argentine Tango

One of the most sensual dances around, the tango was made popular in Buenos Aires in the late 1800s. It’s quite easy to spot a couple doing the tango, they barely lift their feet from the floor and never break hold.

The Viennese Waltz

The Viennese Waltz, faster than the waltz, was invented in the mid-1500s in Provence, France, not Vienna, Austria where most people think it was developed. It’s one of the oldest forms of ballroom dances, having been brought to England in the 1800s.

The Samba

The samba came to Brazil in the 1700s and 1800s; it was brought here by West African slaves. While it has always been known as the “peasant’s dance,” it made the Big Time in the US in the 1950s by actor Carmen Miranda.

Are you ready to get in on all the fun? At Arthur Murray, we teach anyone with a desire to learn to dance! All skill levels are welcome. Take advantage of a free first lesson today. Learn why we love to say “Walk in, Dance out!”

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