3 Basic Dance
Characteristics
Every dance can be spoken about in 3 different
ways:
Timing: As in music every dance has a certain
timing like 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, etc.
Count: Each dance is counted as a series of
slows, (S), & quicks, (Q), or whole beats & half beats. A
slow get 2 beats and a quick gets 1 beat
Measures Per Minute (MPM): This is the number
of timing measures, (2/4, 3/4, 4/4 etc.), that a certain song
contains

Waltz:

Waltz is 3/4 timing

Waltz is counted 123, or QQQ

Waltz contains 2831 measures per minute

Foxtrot:

Foxtrot is 4/4 timing

Foxtrot is counted SSQQ or SQQ

Foxtrot contains 2630 measures per minute

Tango:

Tango is 2/4 timing

Tango is counted:

SSQQS for American style

QQS for International Style

Tango contains 3032 measures per minute

Viennese Waltz:

Viennese Waltz is 3/4 timing

Viennese Waltz is counted 123, or QQQ

Viennese Waltz contains about 60 measure per minute

Quickstep:

Quickstep is 4/4 timing

Quickstep is counted SSQQ

Quickstep contain 5052 measures per minute
Rumba:
Rumba is 4/4 timing
Rumba is counted QQS.
1,2,34 for American style
2,3,41 for International style
Rumba contains:
30 measures per minute for American style
26 measures per minute for International style
ChaCha:

ChaCha is 4/4 timing

ChaCha is counted 1, 2, 3, 4, &

ChaCha contains 3032 measures per minute
Bolero:
Bolero is 4/4 timing
Bolero is counted SQQ
Bolero contains 2224 measure per minute
Swing:
Swing is 4/4 timing
Swing is counted 1, &, 2, 3, &, 4, 5, 6
Swing contains 3234 measures per minute

Mambo:

Mambo is 4/4 timing

Mambo is counted QQS, or 2,3,41

Mambo contains 4852 measure per minute

Jive:

Jive is 4/4 timing

Jive is counted 1, &, 2, 3, &, 4, 5, 6

Jive contains 3844 measures per minute

Paso Doble:

Paso Doble is 2/2 timing

Paso Doble is counted 1, 2

Paso Doble contains 62 measures per minute

Samba:

Samba is 2/2 timing

Samba is counted uh, 1, uh, 2

Samba contains 5052 measures per minute

Hustle

Hustle is 4/4 timing

Hustle is counted &, 1, 2, 3 or 1, 2, 3, 4

Hustle contains 2834 measure per minute

Jitterbug

Jitterbug is 4/4 timing

Jitterbug is counted SSQQ

Jitterbug contains 3644 measures per minute

West Coast

West Coast is 4/4 timing.

West Coast is counted 1, 2, 3, &, 4, 5, &, 6

West Coast contains 2629 measure for minute

Salsa

Salsa is 4/4 timing

Salsa is counted QQS or 1,2,34

Salsa is 4858 minutes per measures

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