Round dancing is best described as
choreographed ballroom dancing for couples.
It is a social,
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
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 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
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
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
$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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