Ballroom Dancing

A list to match the right song with the right type of ballroom dance.

My daughter Anna is getting married, and I have been taking dance lessons. The following list is an attempt to match the right dance with the right song, knowing that many dance styles can be used for many different songs. It is also a memory aid, as it can be hard to remember every dance move, especially when you don’t practice every day.

Principles of dancing

1.     Women dance because women like to dance. Men dance because women like to dance.

2.     The man’s purpose in dancing is to make the woman look good.

Foxtrot – 4-4 count that you feel like snapping your fingers to

Song Band
Can’t We Be Friends Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong
Beyond the Sea George Benson
Love Under the Stars Gunter Norris
Walkin My Baby Back Home Nat King Cole
I’ll Be Home for Christmas Gold Star Ballroom Orchestra
You’ve Got a Friend in Me Michael Buble
Miles Away Basia
I Got Rhythm Gold Star Ballroom Orchestra
Night and Day Gold Star Ballroom Orchestra
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You Michael Buble
Nice and Easy Michael Buble
Witchcraft Frank Sinatra
Pink Panther Theme Gold Star Ballroom Orchestra
Night and Day Ella Fitzgerald
Why Should I Cry Over You Frank Sinatra
Penthouse Serenade Claude Blouin
All of You Ella Fitzgerald
Fly Me To The Moon Frank Sinatra
Kissing the Girls Gunter Norris
Love Dreams Gunter Norris

Progression

  1. Standard step (L forward 1, R forward 2, side step L and R, 3-4)
  2. Promenade (turn body, L forward 1, R forward 2, turn back to face partner and side together 3-4)
  3. Front/back step (L forward 1), R back (2), side step (L and R, 3-4) x 2

Merengue

Song Band
Eres Asi Belven

Push-Pull (swing) – 4/4 count, very versatile, gunfighter hand position

Song Band
Centerfold J Geils Band
In the Mood Glenn Miller
Life in the Fast Lane Eagles
Midnight Train to Georgia Gladys Knight
Old Time Rock and Roll Bob Seger
Pretty Woman Roy Orbison
The Wanderer Dion and the Belmonts
Walkin After Midnight Patsy Cline

Progression

  1. Standard step (L-R-L back-R)
  2. Outside turn
  3. Cuddle turn
  4. Hammerlock turn (L)
  5. Turn out

Rumba – 4/4 count, Cuban, lots of hip action

Song Band
And I Love Her Beatles
Belle Chitara Andy Fortuna
Beautiful Maria Andy Fortuna
Besame Mucho Trini Lopez
Blessed Elton John
Blue Bayou Linda Ronstadt
Blue Light Yokohama Pink Martini
California Dreaming Mamas and Papas
Cuando Me Enamoro Andrea Bocelli
Dark Fire Strunz and Farah
Goldeneye 2003 Tina Turner
Here Comes the Sun Beatles
How Deep is Your Love Bee Gees
I Have Always Loved You Enrique Iglesias
I’m Not Giving You Up Gloria Estefan
It’s Now or Never Elvis Presley
It’s Too Late Gloria Estefan
Just the Way You Are Billy Joel
Kokomo Beach Boys
La Puerta Andy Fortuna
La Mentira Andy Fortuna
Love Story (Where Do I Begin?) Shirley Bassey
My All Andy Fortuna
Moscas en la Casa Shakira
Save the Last Dance for Me Michael Buble
Secundo Andy Fortuna
Sitting by the Dock of the Bay Otis Redding
Stand By Me Ben King
Traces of Love Gloria Estefan
Unbreak My Heart Toni Braxton
You are the Sunshine of My Life Stevie Wonder
Your Song Elton John

Parts

  1. Box step (1-2-3-4 – Quick-Quick-Slow or Slow-Quick-Quick)
  2. Crossover break
  3. 5th position break
  4. Outside break
  5. Outside turn

Waltz

Song Band
Are You Lonesome Tonight
At Last Etta James, 1961
Caribbean Blue Enya, 1991
Could I Have This Dance Ann Murray
Come Away with Me Nora Jones, 2002
Fascination Nat King Cole, 1957
I Wonder Why Curtis Steigers
If You Don’t Know Me By Now Simply Red
I’ll Be Edwin McCain, 1998
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry Elvis Presley
Love Ain’t Here Anymore Take That
Moon River
Never Loved a Man The Commitments
Only One Road Celine Dion
Open Arms Journey
See the Day Girls Aloud
So She Dances Josh Groban, 2006
Still Crazy After All These Years Paul Simon
Take it to the Limit Eagles
Tennessee Waltz
Three Times a Lady Commodores
True Love Elton John
Westlife Queen of My Heart
What the World Needs Now is Love
When I Say I Do Clint Black, 1999
You Light Up My Life Debby Boone

Parts

  1. Box step (1-2-3)
  2. Outside turn
  3. Promenade

 

 

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