English Ballroom Dance

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English Ballroom Dance

by Benjamin Secino

English Ballroom Dance
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This milestone explores modern English Ballroom Dance styles, techniques, and histories. Specifically, the objective of this milestone will be to provide a historical background for International Waltz and International Cha Cha, to experience other International styles through classes, and to generate video demonstrations of learned routines for International Waltz and Cha Cha.

Prior to embarking on this milestone, Benjamin Secino took over one hundred hours of Ballroom classes at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, learning International Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, American Waltz, Foxtrot, International Cha Cha, Rumba, Jive, Mambo, Bolero, Samba, American Cha Cha, Rumba, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, and Lindy Hop. Benjamin competed in four collegiate Ballroom competitions, winning five ribbons. Benjamin is also the Treasurer of the WPI Ballroom Dance Team.


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Section 1: Background

An overview of Ballroom Dancing from the Middle-Ages through the early 19th century.

Waltz: Dancing to a New Tune

The introduction, reception, and development of International Waltz.

Popularization of Ballroom Dance

The development and expansion of Ballroom Dance in the 19th and 20th centuries, including the introduction of new dances and the rise of competitions.

Cha Cha: Ballroom Gets Spicy

The history of Cha Cha in England.

Ballroom in the 21st Century

The current state of Ballroom Dancing.

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