Ballroom and latin dancing in Ottawa

Ballroom dancing has been one the favourite pastimes and hobbies of people from all ages and walks of life. In fact, it has become a lifestyle of people who love social gatherings and occasions. A decade ago, I am totally clueless about ballroom dancing. Whether it’s hip-hop, classic and traditional dances, I was definitely not into the said activity.

I have always believed and thought of myself as somebody who can’t dance. Being British, I have been exposed to Sequence Dancing though. And it was only recently that I learned that Sequence Dancing is but one of the types of ballroom dancing. Still, that doesn’t stop my friends from often teasing me of having two left feet.

My love for dancing actually started eight years ago when my family got relocated to Ottawa, Canada. Thus, my love and interest for ballroom and latin dancing in Ottawa began.

As I mentioned before, ballroom dancing usually refers to a set of dancing partners. It is said that there are more or less around twelve types of ballroom dancing which includes Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Jive, Linda Hop, Paso Doble, Mambo, Rumba, Samba, Quick Step, Tango, Viennese Waltz and Waltz. Said dances are performed all over the globe however there are specific type of dances that originated from specific continents and countries.

The dance forms which originated in Latin American countries are known as Latin dances. The different types of these dances are Salsa, Samba, Rumba, Cha-cha-cha, Merengue, Danza, Mambo, Bolero, Cumbia, Bachata and Tumba. Although they originated in Latin America, ballroom and latin dancing in Ottawa are very popular.

I’m sure most; if not all of those latin dances fanatics are familiar with Samba. It is said that Samba dance originated in Brazil at the beginning of 20th Century. Then there’s also the Mambo, which was invented by Perez Prado and was very popular in Cuba, New York and Mexico. The Salsa which was developed from both European and African cultures first reached Puerto Rico and then spread to other Caribbean islands. And who can forget the ever popular Cha-Cha-Cha, which originated in Cuba and of course the Merengue, which is the official dance form of the Dominican Republic.

Now, you don’t need to be in Latin America to enjoy all these dances as ballroom and latin dancing in Ottawa is very possible. Happy dancing everyone! 🙂

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Ottawa ballroom dancing

I’m originally from England, United Kingdom but got relocated for work in Ottawa, Canada some eight years ago. I used to think before that ballroom dancing is only for the old people and that it is but one of those social activities that are for recreational purposes only. However, due to its entertainment aspects, the said dance is now enjoyed and done socially and even competitively around the globe. Ballroom dancing nowadays continues to be a main social event for seniors and is also growing as a pastime for young men and women as well. Further, ballroom dance is enjoyed on stage plays, films and television as well.

So what exactly is ballroom dancing? The dancing usually refers to a set of dancing partners. It is said that there are more or less around twelve types of ballroom dancing. These are the Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Jive, Linda Hop, Paso Doble, Mambo, Rumba, Samba, Quick Step, Tango, Viennese Waltz and Waltz.

It is here in Ottawa where I first discovered my interest and love for this dance. One day, a friendly neighbour of mine invited me and my wife to join them in their Latin and Ballroom Dance School. I was sceptical at first since I’m not really good at dancing. Being a beginner that time, I was advised to take lessons on Foxtrot since it is lots of fun and easy to learn, which makes it an excellent dance for beginners like me. Aside from the Waltz, Foxtrot is also a smooth dance since the dancers do flowing movements across the floor.

Since then, Ottawa ballroom dancing became one of my favourite pastimes and recreational activities to keep me fit. Aside from the Foxtrot, I also tried Quickstep, which is a quick version of the Foxtrot. Although it is exciting to watch, the Quickstep is considered as one of the most difficult among all of the ballroom dances. I also personally love Tango, which I think is the most fascinating among all the said dances.

And who haven’t heard of Samba? It is possibly the most popular of all ballroom dances, which originated in Brazil. This dance is very popular with young people as well as older generations. Although ballroom dancing is typically done with partners, the Samba can be performed either solo or with a partner.

Aside from being a beautiful form of art, ballroom dancing encourages social interactions between dance partners. It also provides avenue for both men and women to gather together, develop good communication skills and friendship as well. I can honestly say that I was in Ottawa ballroom dancing when me and my wife met some of the greatest people in the world, whom all became our friends up to now.

I personally encourage people to try ballroom dancing. Learning how to ballroom dance may not only to be an excellent form of recreation and exercise, but it may also give you the chance to meet great people and friends. And If you’re lucky enough, you might even meet your mate through it. Happy dancing everyone! 🙂

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