Love ballroom dancing? Read our guide to learn about this popular dance style and how to find ballroom dancing auditions

Ballroom Dance History

Ballroom dances first appeared in Renaissance Italy as a court dance for the privileged. It quickly spread throughout Europe and the Americas in 20th century and danced by common people.

Today, ballroom dancing applies to numerous dances in which a “leader” and a “follower” dance together. There’s physical contact through their upper or lower bodies, or simply their arms in different dances.

Popular Ballroom Dances


This graceful and slow two person dance was first introduced in Vienna. It follows a slower tempo and uses “the box step,” a series of movements that form the shape of a box. Today the waltz is the most famous dance of the ballrooms around the world.


Originally created in the Argentinean region of Rio de la Plata, this dance is today known by many of its variations. It starts with an embrace and has a fascinating sensual and energetic style.

Cha Cha Cha

This rhythmic dance created in Latin America managed to meld together both the slow and very energetic movements. It focuses on footwork while keeping your hips moving and your arms loose.


Salsa has become one of the most popular Latin-style dances. You fuse African and Spanish inspired rhythms and  mix flamenco and ballroom styles. You usually dance with a partner, but there is also a solo form known as “suelta.” The male leads the female by footwork and turns and uses very sensual and energetic body movements.


Swing is very lively and the style is similar to jazz, but you dance as part of a couple. If there are other couples, you can change partners throughout the performance. You swing, spin and jump together to fast-paced music.

Salsa Dance Audtions

TV Show Competitions

Formal ballroom dance competitions, sometimes referred to as Dance Sport, take place worldwide and are open to ballroom dancers of all levels.  Even the International Olympic Committee now recognizes competitive ballroom dancing.  ABC’s Dancing with the Stars is one of the highest rated shows on TV.

Events, Cruises, Live Acts

Search for auditions and gigs for any local and live events. Many cruise lines also hire a lot of entertainers and you get to travel!

Other Things You Need to Know

How to Find Dance Auditions

Audition Tips for Dancers

Popular Dance Styles