History of Each Dance (part 2)
All of this history was found in various books and sites which you should be able to find through google using key words such as “the history of dance, ballroom dance or change the word dance for a specific dance, ex. Salsa”
Waltz: (click here)
Considered the mother of present day dances, the waltz began in Southern Germany in the seventeenth century. The popularity of the Waltz grew with the music of
Johann Straus and eventually blossomed in the 20th century. It is the basis for many dances and is popular today all over the world.
Jive: (click here)
The word Jive may refer to “ jive talk” or badmouthing. This word reflects the character of the dance. It is sassy and loud. The first hints of jive came from African American slaves. These slaves danced several native dances that had triple and single steps. Their music had a continuous drum bass, and several hints of jive rhythms. Jive itself has now split into two parts, one based on this original African beat and the other based upon it’s evolved style. Jive can be known by many different names. It is sometimes called Swing, the Jitterbug, Lindy Hop or the Charleston, although all these dances are similar in both music and steps, they are completely different dances.
Foxtrot: (click here)
In 1913, Harry Fox a vaudeville comedian, introduced a trot to a ragtime song in the 1913 Ziegfeld Follies that pushed other trots into the background. It became America’s most popular dance and remains so to this day as the standard of social dances.
Bolero: (click here)
The Bolero was at the beginning of the Cuban and Latin American dance craze. Dancing to music inspired by African rythms and Spanish melodies, it is thought to have originated from Cuban or Spanish folk dances such as Danzon and Beguine.
Viennese Waltz: (click here)
The Waltz developed in Central Europe from the Austrian dance known as the Landler. The fast whirling of partners held as if in an embrace shocked polite society. The music of Johann Strauss and the famous ballrooms of Vienna popularized the faster version known as the Viennese Waltz.
Paso Doble: (click here)
it is affectionately known is a dance of the Bullfight which portrays the Toreador (Bullfighter) and his partner is the Cape (Cappa or Capa). The Paso Doble dance became quite popular during the 1920s and later became the rage in Paris with the upper classes around the 1930’s. Spanish bullfighting goes all the way back to Crete, and could have Greek and/or Syrian origins but is reported to not have come to Spain till the 1700’s. The dance is a very masculine Theatrical Ballroom type. Couples dance in nature with many dramatic poses, Leaps, Stomps and much attitude. The dance was created to mimic the movements of the Toreador and the Bullfight.
Quickstep: (click here)
The Quickstep was originally a march which became popular about 1850. It was mainly used to celebrate Presidents, Military, Exhibitions, Regiments, Heroes etc. It was basically used as a type of propaganda and morale music as well. Today’s Ballroom Quickstep when mixed with the Charleston was originally known as the Fast Foxtrot, however when the Fast Foxtrot was slowed down in music tempo, the faster version became known as the ‘Quick-Time Foxtrot’ or just Quickstep. The first version of this was supposedly done by Frank Ford and Molly Spain at the Star Dance Championships in 1927. The One Step, The March, The Peabody, Black Bottom, Charleston and Fast Foxtrot merged to make the Quickstep the dance that it is today.
Bachata: (click here)
In the Dominican Republic, a cabaret is a brothel, and the brothel came to be bachata’s primary venue. Quite naturally, the music began to reflect the environment in which it was being performed. A whole generation of bachateros sing about lovers who are prostitutes, fights and jealousy over lovers, poverty and the problems of living in the worst, most dangerous barrios in the city, despair and debauchery. As the seventies ended and the eighties began, bachata was becoming more and more danceable, inspired by Edilio Paredes and other studio musicians in response to the public’s taste. A style known as the beguine, became extremely popular in cabaret bachata around this time and continued to be for many years. One can imagine that Bachata for the Dominican Replublic as the blues for the U.S.