American Style and International are the two categories of ballroom dance in America. To the rest of the world, ballroom dance IS International. A standard set of figures is recognized around the world. The US followed the set dance patterns with a few changes, thus the American category was created. The strict standard of ballroom breaks down barriers between countries when they are dancing International.
In the US, American style dance is usually taught in most dance schools and almost all of the social dancing is American style.
International ballroom has it's roots in England. Lets say ballroom is to the UK as Flamenco is to Spain and as good leather shoes are to Italy. My partners and I have always danced the strict technique of International.
A quick way to distinguish International during a competition is by the mens attire. The gentlemen wear tails and men dancing American will be wearing a tux.
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