A Brief Overview of Social Dance



The Linda Jamieson School of Dance, a member of the Royal Academy of Dance, has provided professional-level training to international dance students for more than three decades. A number of the school’s students have gone on to enjoy success across various styles of dance, from classical ballet to Broadway. For more information on the Linda Jamieson School of Dance, visit www.jamiesondance.com.

Among the thousands of unique dance styles, one could argue that the art of social dance is one of the most popular, if not the most widely practiced. Social dance styles, including line dancing, salsa, swing dancing, and ballroom dancing, are not only performed by professionals at competitions and as part of live performances, but also by armatures at social events or in casual settings.

Freestyle dancing is perhaps the best example of a social dancing. Popularized nearly six decades ago, “freestyle” is a term attributed to any dance that lacks a set pattern of footwork and lacks choreographed contact between partners. Certain moves and steps may be associated with a specific freestyle dance, but individuals can implement and arrange these moves in any number of ways. The vast majority of dancing that occurs at nightclubs or public dances would be considered freestyle dancing.


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