|A is for American Dance|
At most Ballroom Competitions, you will find two categories of dance, American and International. The 2 categories have similar dances and figures, but when you watch dancing with a trained eye, the differences are striking. During this month, I will point out what to look for.
There are 2 divisions in both, smooth and Latin. American dance in the smooth division, allows more freedom and partners can break away from the standard dance hold.
In the US most beginning dancers first learn American style because it's easier. Just about all social dance is American style.
If you have time and are interested.........
Below is a video of the American Smooth category, showing the open style where partners can leave the traditional dance hold. Costumes differ as men wear a tux (as opposed to tails) and the ladies gowns show more of the body than in the International category.