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A Brief History of Ballroom Dancing
 
The history and development of modern Ballroom Dancing started after the first World War (1914 - 1918). We are talking about the Waltz, Onestep, Quickstep and Foxtrot. the Tango had already been introduced in 1913. There was a huge change in popular music tastes both during and after the warThe composers that had been writing Waltz's were now composing much slower romantic ballads. At the other extreme Ragtime music was inspiring dancers codevelop lively movements which, as ever, were frowned upon as they were not socially acceptable. With this chaotic situation The Editor of the Dancing Times, Mr Philip Richardson, called the first conference of Ballroom Teachers. This was the first step to standardising a minimum number of figures in the Onestep - Which would become the Quickstep, Waltz, Tango and Foxtrot.
 
At this time Ballroom Dancing had become the most popular form of social entertainment.
 
The development continued throughout the 1920's and 1930's, setting the foundations of style, movement and character of each of the Ballroom Dances. 
 
In 1923 more important decisions were made
 
Waltz
Standardised with closing of feet on third beat.
Controlled Rise and Fall to illustrate the character of the music.
Figuration was dance in a Diagonal pattern over the floor. 
 
Foxtrot
The chasse was removed from the slower version of Foxtrot
Based on Four Standard Figures - The Walk 
-  Three Step - Natural Turn - Reverse Open Turn
Concentrated on Classical Style
Fluent Continuity
Control of Movement over the floor.
 
Quickstep (Onestep)
Classes retained in quicker version of Foxtrot.
Renamed Quickstep
Figuration based on Closed Turns of the Waltz &
                         Open Turns of the Foxtrot
Brightness of music portrayed in the variety of choreography
 
Tango
Having been introduced earlier with a dramatic Feline type of action it retained it's Drama and developed into a Sharp, Staccato dance character. 
 
The dances continued to be developed. 
 
In 1948 Alex Moore introduced his book ' The Revised Technique Of Ballroom Dancing ' a complete revision in chart form.
 
In 1976 Guy Howard introduced his book ' Technique Of Ballroom Dancing ' removing the overlap of some Figures to make each Figure in the book a complete unit.

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