Dance Styles

Ballroom

Ballroom dancing is a style of partner dancing that is done all over the Netherlands and world.

It consists of two different substyles: Ballroom Latin and Ballroom Standard. The Ballroom Latin dances are: Cha-cha-cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive. In general, these dances are seen as more playful but even within the dances there is a big difference in the feel to it. The Ballroom Standard dances are: English Walz, Viennese Waltz, Tango, Slow Foxtrot and Quickstep. These dances differ from the latin ones, since they are danced in a more rigid frame and are all progressive dances.


If one decides to start ballroom dancing, he or she will be welcomed by a very nice student dancing community, where visiting Gala’s of Sister associations and doing student competitions is done regularly. Blue Suede Shoes itself offers a large amount of ballroom activities including a few large and a few smaller ballroom parties throughout the year, bootcamps, weekly technique lesson in both styles, a weekly open practice and showteam training.

The ballroom dancing members are a mixture of different levels dancers but also a mixture of competition dancers and social dancers. We try to make sure that the activities match the different dance profiles within the community such that everybody can develop in their own personal way.

The TU Delft offers ballroom classes given by Kaspar van Lierop and Polina Abdoulina. Dance school Wesseling in Delft also offers a variety of ballroom classes. Even though taking classes is very enjoyable and fun, joining Blue Suede Shoes is a great addition to this. The activities give lots of opportunity to socialise with other dance addicts, share your passion and learn from each other.

 

If you would like to try out Ballroom dancing, email us or come to our weekly practice, this practice is free the first time (and always if you are a member). We also have a lot of open ballroom events if you are curious to what a social evening looks like!

 

 

 

Argentine Tango

Argentine Tango is a powerful and passionate social dance that connects two people together with the music and their environment. When you become a Tango dancer you are embraced by a very warm international community on a global scale. Tango and cultural richness go together so much that in 2009 its was inscribed on the UNESCO Intangible Heritage List:

 

“The Argentinian and Uruguayan tradition of the Tango, now familiar around the world, was developed by the urban lower classes in Buenos Aires and Montevideo in the Rio de la Plata basin. Among this mix of European immigrants to the region, descendents of African slaves and the natives of the region known as criollos, a wide range of customs, beliefs and rituals were merged and transformed into a distinctive cultural identity. As one of the most recognizable embodiments of that identity, the music, dance and poetry of tango both embodies and encourages diversity and cultural dialogue.”

X-TU Delft offers high quality classes with world-wide known and multiple prize winners Lorena and Jory.

Their interactive and knowledgeable way of teaching exposes students to a whole new level of physical and perceptive self-awareness. Being a social dance, Tango cannot be learned and understood without dancing socially at local or international events. D.S.D.A. Blue Suede Shoes aims at offering what X-TU cannot: helping new dancers to develop as much as is within their will to grow by providing a social dancing community, weekly two hour practice opportunities, a monthly Tango Café that often goes together with conveniently priced workshops, seminars and shows.

 

If you are interested in Argentine Tango, do not hesitate to ask your questions to tango@dsda.nl or by finding us on Facebook. Feel free to come the X-TU Delft free try-out sessions, the weekly practice or the Tango Café to learn more about this wonderful and potentially life-changing social dance.