Round Dancing

Round dance is a kind of folk dance where a group of couples dance arrange themselves in a circle and dance according to the instructions given by a “cuer”. Round dancing is similar to ballroom dancing, but the dancers are not required to memorize the order of the steps in any particular dance. The cuer gives the instructions a moment before they are to be executed and the dancers all follow the instructions in time with the music, while progressing around the circle in a counter-clockwise fashion. The basic repertoire of steps in round dancing is similar to that in ballroom dancing, so the two style complement each other nicely.

There are six levels of round dancing. Phases 1 and 2 are considered to be “easy level” and they focus mainly on two-step and waltz. Phases 3 and 4 are intermediate levels, and they involve advanced waltz steps and various other rhythmic dances including foxtrot, quickstep, tango, cha-cha-cha, rumba, bolero, mambo, jive, swing, west coast swing, samba, paso doble, and slow two step. Phases 5 and 6 include the kinds of steps that you might see in ballroom dancing competitions.

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