Social Dance

English Country Dance
Folk Dancing
Scottish Country Dance
Barn Dancing
Square Dancing
Which To Try
Ballroom Dancing
Performance Dance


Bruce's Square Dance Lessons


Ballroom Dance

I've heard ballroom dance has received a bit of a bump in interest thanks to Dancing With The Stars. I for one can't stand the judges and don't watch. My friend Joy and I took a ballroom dancing class from the local high school's continuing education offerings and enjoyed it. But then you have to go out and do it on a continuing basis if you want to keep what you've learned. And I didn't love that world. Most of the dances I talk about here charge maybe $5 for an evening. Ballroom in Chicago charges $15 or more. I didn't get the same sense of community because we weren't working together as a group. I didn't like the artificiality of the posture and the strange contortions of the upper carriage. It looks more like preening than enjoying your partner's company. I didn't find myself wanting to go back. I wish this sounded more enthusiastic. Maybe your local ballroom scene will be different. It is a fun thing to learn. It sure comes in handy at a wedding. Of course, it's been a while since I've been to a wedding.