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Ballroom Dance Classifications

WDC-defined Competition Dances


International Standard
Dance
Music (IDSF Tempo
Regulation)
[14]

Notes
Waltz
2830 bars per minute,
3/4 time
also known as Slow Waltz or English Waltz depending on locality
Tango
3133 bars per minute,
4/4 time

Viennese Waltz
5860 bars per minute,
3/4 time
In some countries (for example, Austria) Viennese is known as the Waltz,
while Waltz is recognized as Slow Waltz. Note this dance is not danced at
Blackpool.
Foxtrot
2830 bars per minute,
4/4 time

Quickstep
5052 bars per minute,
4/4 time

International Latin
Samba
5052 bars per minute,
2/4 time

Cha-cha-cha
3032 bars per minute,
4/4 time

Rumba
2527 bars per minute,
4/4 time

Paso Doble
6062 bars per minute,
2/4 time

Jive
4244 bars per minute,
4/4 time

Formation

Show dance
Classic

South American

American Style Competition Dances (only in the U.S. & Canada)
American Smooth
Dance
Music (NDCA Tempo
Regulation)
[15]

Notes
Waltz 2830 bars per minute 3032 bars per minute for Bronze
Tango 30 bars per minute 3032 bars per minute for Bronze
Foxtrot 30 bars per minute 3234 bars per minute for Bronze
Viennese Waltz 5354 bars per minute 54 bars per minute for Bronze
American Rhythm
Cha Cha 30 bars per minute

Rumba 3032 bars per minute 3236 bars per minute for Bronze
East Coast Swing 36 bars per minute 3436 bars per minute for Bronze
Bolero 24 bars per minute 2426 bars per minute for Bronze
Mambo 47 bars per minute 4851 bars per minute for Bronze
Others
Historical/Vintage Dance
Waltz Polka Schottische Tango One-Step Foxtrot Peabody
Other dances occasionally categorized as ballroom
Nightclub
Nightclub Two-step Hustle Modern Jive / LeRoc / Ceroc and the whole swing variety: West Coast Swing / East Coast Swing/ Lindy Hop (always
included in the "Rhythm-Swing" category) / Carolina Shag / Collegiate Shag
Latin nightclub
Salsa Cumbia Mambo Merengue Porro Cha cha
Brazilian Dances
Forr Pagode Samba de Gafieira Lambada - Zouk
Country/Western
C/W Polka C/W Cha-cha C/W Two-step C/W Waltz
Cajun dances
Cajun One Step or Cajun Jig Cajun Two Step Zydeco Cajun Waltz Cajun Jitterbug
Musette dances
Java musette-waltz musette-tango musette-paso-doble
Other
Argentine tango New Vogue