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Waltz

Originally called the "Volte" and danced in circle form during the 16th century, the Waltz is said to have first appeared in Italy, then subsequently France and Germany. The Waltz has had several prior names: The Boston, The Redowa, The Society Waltz, and the Gallop, to name a few. In 1812, English Ballrooms introduced the Waltz...
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Foxtrot

In 1914, husband and wife ballroom dance team Vernon and Irene Castle took notice of the dance, giving it a signature grace and style. The basis for the name "Foxtrot" is unclear, although one theory is that it took its name from the vaudeville actor Harry Fox who moved around the stage with a signature...
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Tango – Argentine Tango

The word "tango" may be forthrightly African in origin, meaning "closed place" or "reserved ground." It may also derive from Portuguese (the Latin verb tanguere means 'to touch') and was picked up by Africans on the slave ships. It is not clear where the Tango first began (Argentina, Brazil, Spain, and Mexico could all be...
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Salsa

The movements of Salsa have its origins in Cuban Son, Cha Cha, Mambo and other dance forms. The dance, along with the Salsa music, originated in the mid-1970s in New York. Salsa is a fusion of informal Latin American dance styles having roots in the Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Caribbean islands. There is a strong...
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