25 Dancer

When I was coming up with the unique url for this blog, “ballroomdancer” and “twinkletoes” were already taken.  25 dancer was still open, and no wonder. I don’t think many dancers prefer to be generalists, the way I do. Many serious competitive dancers are a little more focused than I am.

  • Those who specialize in American Style often call themselves 9 dancers – Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Rumba, Cha Cha, Swing, Mambo, Bolero.
  • Those who specialize in International Style are often 10 dancers – Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep Rumba, Cha Cha, Jive, Samba, Paso Doble.
So totally not me. But I look at this and pretend it's me.

And then, there are the various Night Club dancers. There are more dances that fit into this category than I will ever have time to try. And so many Night Club dancers are so specialized, focusing only one or maybe two favorite dances. I’m familiar with 6 and I don’t think I could ever pick just one:

Some day I hope to pick up some Lindy Hop. And there’s a whole category of Salsa Rueda that, to me, deserves its own category. It’s like Square Dancing, only not so square.

So all told, I’m a generalist in 25 dances. Some day I aspire to more.

One comment

  1. Hey,

    I like your blog so far. But one correction is suggested if at all.

    I am a 25 dancer too. But not in the same sense as you. I don’t do Argentine Tango. But I do Lindy. So in total it is 25 dances. Of course there is polka and bachata, but can’t take them with any seriousness.
    I just posted my opinion on International Tango vs Argentine Tango on my blog and I got pounded for not understanding true tango —–. Would like to comment since you do both tango and Argentine Tango?


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