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.
This cuer guides the dancers through the figures in each routine, thereby eliminating the need to memorize, and
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! Over the last 50 years or so there have been tens
of thousands of dances written.
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).
The dancer learns the routines as well as the
names of all the dance steps in each rhythm so
that when the music is played
the couple can follow the cues that are spoken on the microphone by the Cuer, just in time to prompt the next step to be
danced. It is this aspect that makes Round Dancing especially unique. It is also challenging for the mind as well as the body
and a joy to behold as every couple on the floor dances each routine in unison.
Round Dancing is no more complicated than
many other activities. 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 evenings entertainment:
the price for a typical club dance
is about $7-$15 per couple for 1-1/2 to 3 hours. In addition, the social camaraderie should not be overlooked. Round Dancers
tend to be extremely friendly, sociable, and very helpful people.
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