Round Dance

November 18, 2007

Round Dance

Square dancing activities often incorporate round dancing, with many dancers participating in both forms of dance.

Modern social round dancing is choreographed and cued ballroom dancing that progresses in a circular pattern, counter-clockwise around the dance floor. The two major categories of ballroom rhythm found in round dancing are the smooth or international rhythms, such as foxtrot and waltz, and the Latin rhythms, such as cha-cha and rumba.

Round dancing differs from free-style ballroom dancing in that each round dance has been fully choreographed ahead of time, and a "cuer" or leader at the front of the ballroom tells the dancers, as they dance, what steps to do. As the music plays, and just ahead of the beat, so the dancers have time to respond, the cuer names each dance figure in the choreography. As a consequence, all the dancers on the floor are dancing the same steps at the same time.

Square Dance Magazine will also feature round dancing information and so we are looking for interested individuals or clubs to contribute material on a regular basis. Contact us if you are prepared to assist and help support round dancing.


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