I know this is unusual but I am looking to find some songs to practice with. The problem is I need it in country music (George Strait, Hank Jr., Reba, Eddie Rabbit, and the like). I am just starting out so that is what I have available. Where I live there just isn't much else played at the dances. I would appreciate any help or input. Right now I am learning the FoxTrot, Rumba, Samba, and Waltz. Thank you for any help!! Terri
Just my quick thoughts. For country music, have you tried iTunes? At least there you could listen to them before downloading/paying for them. Now, for your choice of dances, does your studio offer Country Two Step? I think that the Two Step, East Coast Swing, and some waltz would cover most of the country dances. For other modern "party" dances, then Cha Cha, Merengue, and Bachatta would be good choices.
Well do a search on ballroom dance music. There are a lot of list to be found. Usually broken up by dance type; now look for you country singers. Here's one to start you that I found eddie rabbitt on: http://www.dance-forums.com/music/
You should be able to find lots of waltz, east coast swing and mayby west coast .
Rascal Flatts has several songs in both Cha Cha and rumba beats (My Maria, Dancing on the Boulevard, Neon Moon). Waltzes in Country music are easy to spot (Could I have this Dance for the rest of my life). Fox trots in Bronz timing are common in country music as well, as the timing is close to a two step. Listen to your country collection and you'll find a lot of what you are looking for.
There are many possibilities for Bolero music. I would start with Jose' Feiciano, particularly his "Seor Bolero" albums. Luis Miguel, Alejandro Fernandez, Jose' Jose', Los Panchos, Tamara, and Andrea Bocelli (!) are other great places to look.
Craig. I hold nothing against Country Music. But in my humble opinion you will never get the true feeling of a International Style Waltz from a Country and Western type tune. Compare Lotus by Secret Garden as an example of a Waltz played as it should be played. That will give the true feeling of dancing a Waltz.Then listen to a Country and Western Waltz. Which do you think is the more appropreiate. Google "Lotus by Secret Garden " and become converted.
I'm making a big assumption you are doing American style, because country music is more popular here. I go to a lot of places where only country music is played, and even though I do the country dances, I am constantly looking for a song I can do ballroom to because that is my favorite. For practice purposes, a country song can work, much as it does for me at a country place (even though I can think of better choices). For the dances you listed, here are some that will work:
Foxtrot: From a Jack to a King by Ricky Van Shelton Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight by The Statler Brothers I'll Take Texas by Vince Gill & Shelby Lynne All Of Me (Loves All Of You) by George Strait Eat At Joe's by Suzy Bogguss (also works as a West Coast Swing) Side By Side by Kay Starr I'm Moving Along by Pasty Cline Waltz Me Once Again by KD Lang Blue by Leann Rhimes
Waltz I'll not list these. There are many. Just look for some 3/4 time music that's not too fast.
Rumba There are a lot of songs that will pass for a rumba. The country music dancers use many of these for cha cha, but in my opinion they aren't very good cha chas and work better as a rumba. Most country bands have a lot of trouble imitating Latin music.
I Just Want To Dance With You by George Strait I Can See Clearly Now by Anne Murray Neon Moon by Brooks & Dunn One Night At A Time by George Strait Dancin', Shaggin' On The Boulevard by Alabama Gulf Of Mexico by Clint Black Two Pina Coladas by Garth Brooks My Maria by Garth Brooks South Of Santa Fe by Brooks & Dunn
Other songs, not necessarily country songs, but done often by country bands that are also rumbas are: Spanish Eyes, Under The Boardwalk, Up On The Roof, Slow Hand, Blue Bayou, and Spanish Harlem.
Samba I know on NO country song that has a samba beat.
We will never dance like the Demonstrations we see on the Internet or on a bought DVD. Unless we have the correct music it just will not happen A Rumba for instance is not any 4/4 tune played at 25 bars BPM ( that is bars per minute ). How many times have I seen couples dancing to a bouncy Cha Cha and they themselves bouncing along with the music at abour 36 BPM. instead of 30 BPM It depends on, do we want to dance correctly or not.
While you may be right in a way (I like my Rumbas and Cha-Chas to be Latin music, not something else with approximately the right rhythm), craiguerabbitry said at the beginning that almost the only available music where he lives is country music. So he would like to be able to answer the question "Can you name a Rumba and I'll play it?" in terms that will be of use to him.
A former instructor in the New Orleans area lived in a small town 40 miles from New Orleans. He used to go out to the local clubs and have fun dancing to what was available there--not the music you hear at Blackpool!
You work for 4 days and then have a day off. Your best friend works for 5 days and then has a day off. How many days after you had a day off together will you have another day off together?" Can someone please explain how I do this?
There are lots of good country waltzes that are very good. My favorite is "Slow Dance" by Michael Peterson. "Sandy's Song" by Dolly Parton is excellent also, but a trifle slow. "I See It Now" by Tracy Lawrence is very good also.
There are also a fair number of good country swings. I recall "Watermelon Crawl" by Tracy Byrd in particular.
Good country numbers for many ballroom dances are hard to come by, partly because country-specific dances like Texas Two Step take up much of the "musical space" that would be Foxtrot, Quickstep, etc. Also, Tango is a country dance, - just the wrong country. Good luck, hope this helps!