WHAT IS ROUND DANCING??
As stated on a previous page Round dancing is best described as choreographed ballroom dancing for couples. It is a social, non-competitive activity, for fun rather than competition. On the dance floor, choreography is directed verbally by a round dance cuer, enabling all couples on the floor to dance the same steps at the same time. Susan Connors, our “cuer”, guides the dancers through the figures in each routine, thereby eliminating the need to memorize, but still making it challenging for the mind as well as the body. There is no prize for being perfect – dance for the fun of it! If you make a mistake the round dance police will not get you.
The music used is pretty much the same as that used in “regular” ballroom dancing. Rhythms include Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Rumba, Jive, Twostep, West Coast Swing, Tango, and several others. While ballroom dancing is “freestyle”, in round dancing each piece of music has a specific routine written for it! Round Dancers learn from day 1 to associate each foot pattern with a figure name. This makes it easier to teach future routines since the dancer has a repertoire of figures at their fingertips (okay ‘foottips’).
New dancers include those who have never danced before in their lives, dancers who have done other dancing and people of all ages. Round dances and round dance clubs have a well-defined system of identifying the skill level needed for particular dances, so each dancer can find their own “comfort zone”.
Round dancing is good exercise and provides a relatively inexpensive evening’s entertainment and Round Dancers tend to be extremely friendly, sociable, and very helpful people. So why not try something new. It’s fun, healthy, and relatively inexpensive. Susan will quickly having you gliding around the floor.