(Valentine’s Day is over, but February is basically “the month of love”, so why not keep up with the theme?)
Here’s a familiar scenario that you’ve probably seen played out in romantic movies or shows: while a couple is dancing together at a ball or party, they both realize that they were made for each other. And there you have it – they instantly fall in love thanks to the power of dance! While these scenarios may not ideally work in real life, certain dances definitely can be romantic. There are even some dances that are considered more romantic than others. So, keeping in theme with the month, here are some of the best dances to use for a lovely and romantic evening.
Rumba is probably one of the best slow Latin dances to learn if you are a beginner. It’s a versatile, rhythmic, Latin dance that can replace the standard “swaying-side-to-side” movements that most couples do to slow music. Many of the songs for Rumba are usually relaxed and slow. In fact, the most common dance that wedding couples learn is Rumba! Because of its slow and rhythmic nature, this dance also has a sensual element to it, adding to the romantic aspect.
Another popular dance that you may see couples do at weddings is the Waltz. This can be considered a “classic romantic dance” because of its slow and dreamy look. It has a lighthearted quality and dancers can almost appear as if they are floating because of the slight rising and falling action that happens throughout the dance. Many songs that are waltzes are romantic, too. In fact, that familiar film scenario that I mentioned earlier usually involves a couple falling in love while waltzing (think about the classic ballroom scene in Cinderella). If you keep this in mind, Waltz is almost like the perfect fairytale dance!
When people think of “dances of love” the Tango is most likely on their lists. It certainly has an alluring quality to it because of the intensity and fervor between dancers. It is a smooth but sharp dance, making it seem like the dancers are infatuated with each other. There are many different styles of this dance, but Argentine Tango is probably the most romantic one. This also might be the dance that most people think of when they hear the words “romance” and “tango”. This style is highly improvisational and requires dancers to dance very close together, which is required for good leading, but makes the dance look even more passionate.
Finally, Bolero is the most romantic dance of all. In fact, it is often referred to as the “Dance of Love”. Its timing and Latin origin is similar to Rumba, except it is much slower and incorporates some rising and falling actions, which gives it a lovely and dreamy feel (almost like Waltz!). Bolero is slow and sensual which can make it another great choice for wedding couples to perform. It also may be a good one to use if you want to dance to songs that are too slow for Rumba. The dancers should look as if they are literally falling in love when they perform a Bolero. All of these elements are what make Bolero the ultimate romantic dance.
Happy Dancing! ^_^