I have recently set up a blog for ballroom dancers looking for modern songs to dance to. They are all separated by type of dance and I have all of the major dances and then a few. You can check it out at: http://maniaciballroom.blogspot.com/
BManiaci. Most of the best coaches in the game do not like music that is being sung. The reason being in most cases they record at a tempo to suit the singing which is often not suitable for dancing to. Check that the Waltz is played at 28 bars per minute. The Rumba 25 bars per minute. The correct tempos can be found if you look up Dancesport USA. Dancesport Australia is another. In the rules of the later it is on page 43 after you have found your way to Dancesport Rules. There are no vocals at Blackpool. Spare a moment and find a recording of Lotus by Secret Garden. That is what I call a Waltz.
OZ, I am aware that if you are searching for music to compete to these are not all perfect. However, many people are searching for music that they can ballroom dance to that they know. Things you can bust out at a party or perform to. The beats match and the tempos I use are close enough that the dances can be done. The reality is, if your technique is good and you know the moves, you can dance to a different tempo than the strict official competition ones. Keeping in mind dance is an art, not just a technical sport. While you will never compete to a song with singing in it, you are far more likely to create an engaging and original performance piece if you do have the lyrics. So over all, while I respect your opinion I still feel that my blog is a valuable tool that any dancer could use.
Even though a disk might go under the title of Dance Music. It doesn`t mean that every track on that disk is suitable for good Ballroom Dancing. Usually it is because it is played too fast. A Cha Cha for instance. If it is played at say 36 bars per minute . It would take an extremely skilled dancer to be able to do a chasse correctly and not to shuffle shuffle.. To recommend music that is danceable one must first understand all the correct tempos for all of the dances. This includes American Smooth. Australian New Vogue or any other type of dance whatsoever.
I do in fact understand the correct tempos, the aim of my blog isn't to offer competition strict music. They are all perfectly dance-able as I have done it myself. You can argue all that you want, but there is nothing wrong with doing a slightly fast cha cha or a rather slow foxtrot if its not being judged in a competition or a similar event. Dance is not all numbers and rules, its also a fun social experience, as well as an art form. Also on my personal playlists I do have songs of the proper and strict tempos and I've spent a lot of time studying the different dances and their music. My playlists work excellent for parties, and we even use them for our ballroom classes.
Please excuse this interjection but I am feeling rather upset. Oz why must everything you post have to do with being "correct"? You have done this same type thing on questions I have asked. Not all people want to just dance at home or in a studio simplly because it is the only place to find the "correct" music. Some people want to be able to go to places and have fun with friends and still be able to dance. We are not all professionals that dance to "correct" music and have a readily available place to dance. Why do you have to come across as putting others down just because they want to dance to modern or even country. It makes me wonder how many bginners you have deprived of the fun of ballroom due to your need for the "correct". I know I had second and third thoughts after reading responses you posted to a request I made on here in a forum because of the fact that all that is available for me was "country". But thanks to some very nice people I also got replies from as well as my instructor who helped me find "country" music that I could ball room to at local dance spots I stuck with it and enjoy it, even if it isn't correct. I will never be a professional but at least I am having FUN!!
bmaniaci I have visited your site and find it very nice and helpful too. Thank you for providing a place to find music that I can also find locally so I can enjoy ballroom!!
I agree with Craig, not all dance music has to be 'correct'. In fact, one of the greatest hurdles to getting people to try ballroom dancing, is that they think the music is old fashioned, too orchestrated and of no interest to them. That's why so many go for salsa. When we explain to beginners that there is alot of modern music that can be danced to, they are always extremely surprised. They never guessed that most of lady Gaga is a cha cha or 'Soul Sister' is a fantastic quickstep. So there are no vocals at Blackpool, there are at other major competitons. In fact, I did a slow fox once to a rendition of 'Eye of the Tiger'. Bizarre but doable.
Not to be picky but my name is Terri and am female. A lot of people think I am a guy but "craigue" is my last name and "rabbitry" is because we had one. The name is actually my email handle. Enough of that... I bet you had great fun out dancing even to "Eye of the Tiger"!! Personally I am all for the Fun in dancing so lets all enjoy in our own way and to what ever music we have available to work with.