Why Make a Radio:
One of the many things we hear in a ballroom dance studio is, “How will I know which dance fits this music when a song comes on?” Our first solution was to try and explain what makes the dance style correct for a certain type of song that comes on the radio. For example, how Foxtrot is usually jazzy music, or how Rumba is slower pop music.
But as much as explaining the dances to someone helps, the best teacher is to hear them for themselves so that they are able to recognize the music. So we decided to make a radio that plays Ballroom Dance Music 24/7. Yes, it plays all day and all night so that you can dance to your heart’s content!
We developed a radio station that not only tells you the name of the song but the dance style as well. So while you’re sitting there enjoying the song that is playing, you can also recognize exactly which dance style you can do to it. Quite often we have had students shout in excitement about how they didn’t realize that one of their favorite songs was a particular style of dance.
The second reason why we developed the radio was to make a way for our students to be able to practice. As much fun as it is to practice at home by yourself with no music… having a radio playing that tells you which dance style to practice makes a world of difference. Now you can play the radio and let it guide your own individual practice sessions, keeping you fresh and practicing the dance moves you learned.
What types of music will I hear?:
This style of music is very smooth and jazzy. Usually, most songs from Frank Sinatra or Michael Bublé have the same feel as the foxtrot.
This style of music is very notable from the 1,2,3 that you hear in the music. It is usually very romantic and filled with formal elegance in the feeling.
This music usually has two styles. As it is the dance of love and hate, the music also has a polarized feel. One style of Tango music generally drives you down the road. You can really feel the music push you forward. The other style of Tango music is very intensely intimate. You can hear the music draw the two people together.
Similar to Waltz, this dance has that noticeable 1,2,3 feel. However, it is a bit faster than waltz music. It is more known as the dance of princes and princesses.
This style is usually done with slower pop music. I say the music kind of causes you to sway when you hear it. Almost feeling like you’re underwater, it has effortless ease to the music.
This style of music is usually very fun and explosive. It is usually done to either faster pop music or music from the 70s. The music can be very sharp sounding and tends to have explosive moments.
East Coast Swing-
This music style has two main categories. The one is a kind of bouncy and fun feeling to it. The kind of pop song that causes you to bounce in your chair along to the beat. The other style is the old-style big band music that causes you to want to bounce along to it as well.
This style of music can be similar to Cha-Cha. It was a dance that became very big and very popular in the disco age of the 70s. So the dance tends to match a lot of music from around that time. It usually has a funky feeling to a lot of the music.
West Coast Swing-
This style of music is usually done to very cool music that makes you want to strut along the floor. It can be very rich and playful music that still stays very smooth and cool.
This is usually done to very slow romantic music. You can feel the drama and the connection almost the whole time. It can also be done to very slow rumba music.
This music tends to be done in a very specific style of Latin music. You can almost hear the beat in the background go “dink, dink, dink, donk” which helps you find and keep the timing of the dance.
This tends to be done to a very clear Latin feel. This music is usually happy and upbeat. It can leave you feeling sexy. It is usually noticeable with the clave to emphasize the first beat of the music.
This music tends to be similar to salsa. The main difference is where the emphasis is on the beat. Whereas salsa has a very strong first beat, mambo has a very strong second beat. But the music carries you in the same way.
This dance could technically be done to any music as long as you follow the beat. The two main styles tend to be faster club styles of music where the beat is very clear. On the flip side, it can be done to extremely slow music where you are slow dancing with your partner.
This music is usually extremely playful and bouncy. You can usually visualize the ball bouncing in this style of music.