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Modern Ballroom includes several techniques such as the Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep and Ballroom Tango. These dances vary in style but are all partner dances. Today they can be danced at competitions, social gatherings or on stage.



History of Modern Ballroom

The Modern Ballroom Faculty, as it is known today, was the earliest of the current dancesport faculties. Then called the Ballroom Branch, it was formed in 1924, 20 years after the Society was founded. In the years leading up to the First World War and even during it, ballroom dancing was very popular indeed - forming part of the lifestyle of fashionable London society. The tango had been introduced from Argentina and the foxtrot from America to join the already popular waltz, and then, in the Roaring Twenties, came the Charleston. There was, however, a lack of uniformity in the teaching of these dances and so the first priority of the Society’s newly formed Ballroom Branch Committee was to establish a firm technical structure for the waltz, foxtrot, tango and quickstep.

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Modern Ballroom Exams and Qualifications

The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing Modern Ballroom exams and Medal Tests are recognised internationally for their quality and excellence. Numerous outstanding teachers, and internationally celebrated Dancesport dancers have been trained with the Modern Ballroom Syllabus

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Box Dance

Our Dancesport Faculties are delighted to launch a new, dynamic campaign to make sure you and your students can keep dancing in a socially distanced world. We’re encouraging you to think inside the box and get creative!

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Modern Ballroom Faculty Committee

Our Faculty Committees are the vital link between the members of the Society and the staff and trustees, and provide a two-way channel for communication and consultation with the wider membership body.

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