What Is Round Dancing?
Dancing is a form of social ballroom dancing in which the steps are
choreographed precisely to the music, and those steps are announced by
a "cuer," as we dance. The presence of the cuer makes a round dance
look different than the usual ballroom dance — all the couples are
dancing in unison and the choreography can be relatively complex and
interesting (since the man doesn't have to think it up as he goes) —
but otherwise round dancers are ballroom dancing. We hold our partners
in the normal way. We take the same kinds of steps. The rhythms are the
familiar rhythms — waltz, foxtrot, cha-cha, rumba, and others listed in
the navigation bar to the left. more
manual describes how to round dance. The steps, figures, and techniques
also work well at weddings, dinner dances, and other social ballroom
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Or, for a list of all educational articles on how to
dance more smoothly and comfortably, see this TOC.
Latest Additions To Dance Site—
A Few Waltz Figures — Round Dance Tips by Tim Eum.
H/C Waltz by Prow
The Foxy Foxtrot by Finch
Phase III/IV Waltz by Nelson
Dance Technique: Rotation by Nelson
From the Ballroom -- Practicing Separateness, Practice, Respecting Your Partner's Space, and Lead and Follow by Elizabeth & Arthur Seagull
Smooth vs Latin by Rey & Sherry Garza
Do You Shape? by Sandi & Dan Finch
Need A Reminder? General Rules for Dancing by Sandi & Dan Finch
A Turn Like No Other -- Heel Turn by Sandi & Dan Finch
A Perspective on Argentine Tango by Brent & Judy Moore
A Few Bolero Figures in — Round Dance Tips by Tim Eum.
Bolero -- Beyond the Basics by Kristine & Bruce Nelson
Dancing Your Foxtrot As Smooth As A Feather by Kristine & Bruce Nelson
Dancing -- It's All About Communication and Partnership by Kristine & Bruce Nelson
Floorcraft by Harold & Meredith Sears
Smooth Your Dancing by Harold & Meredith Sears
A Few Notes On Merengue by Sandi & Dan Finch
Changes Over the Years by Sandi & Dan Finch
Don't Be Tricked By SQQ by Sandi & Dan Finch
The Swing's the Thing by Irv & Betty Easterday
Argentine Tango and the Flitatious Ocho by Harold & Meredith Sears
There's A Funny Thing About Turns by Sandi & Dan Finch
How to Mess Up a Turning Figure by Sandi & Dan Finch
A Few Turns in — Round Dance Tips by Tim Eum.
Sway in — Round Dance Tips by Tim Eum.
Simple Steps to Tango by Kristine & Bruce Nelson
Cha Cha Cha by Irv & Betty Easterday
Leading and Following by Irv & Betty Easterday
Let's Chasse by Harold & Meredith Sears
Your Space or Mine? by Jack & Judy DeChenne
Smooth Dancing -- Moving from III/IV to IV/V by Dick & Karen Fisher
The Dixie Round Dance Council has published one or more educational articles per month for many years. Check out my archive (and if you have a newsletter collection and know what was printed in a month that I don't list, please let me know).