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Ballroom Dancing in Baltimore
By Kimberly Parody
For BaltimoreStories.com

"I have no desire to prove anything by dancing. I have never used it as an outlet or a means of expressing myself. I just dance. I just put my feet in the air and move them around." - Fred Astaire

Why dance? Is it passion, exercise, or enjoyment? Ballroom dancing attracts a variety of people who love to dance. All ages and backgrounds can benefit from social ballroom dancing for their own reasons.

The bridge between generations is becoming smaller, as many college students are ballroom dancing. The age of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers is still alive; students are making ballroom dancing more popular.

Part of the fun of ballroom dancing is dressing up and attending formal balls, but someone must spend hours in order to make these events possible. Lots of time and preparation was necessary for the “Black, Gold and Silver Event” at a well-known ballroom to be a success.

Social ballroom dancing is a form of entertainment to many who dance, but they are also helping their own health at the same time. Senior citizens who socially dance are exercising on the dance floor, which will improve their chances of preventing many problems in the future.

There are dancers who take ballroom more seriously than a social activity. Generally, dance instructors have competed professionally in ballroom dancing and keep working to master their skills. A good instructor will work closely with his or her students to make sure improvements are made.

Ballroom dancing has evolved over decades of generations. Traditional ballroom dancing from the early 20th century paved the way for dances to follow. On the timeline, Vernon and Irene Castle are seen as the first couple to make ballroom dancing known.

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