Dance Recommendations

What dance should I learn first?

Since people have different “tastes” in music, maybe start with what you like.  And if you like it all you’ll be a “Ballroom Eclectic” and learn some of everything!


Big Band or Retro Swing Jazz music:
Plan to learn East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Foxtrot, Quickstep…

World music:
Learn Waltz, Cha Cha Cha, Nightclub Two Step, Swing, Samba, Tango, Salsa, Bachata

Country music: 
Learn Country 2 Step, West Coast Swing, Cha Cha, Nightclub Two Step, Hustle, Waltz, Line Dance

R&B, Alternative and Contemporary Pop music:
Learn West Coast Swing, Hustle and Nightclub Two Step, Cha Cha, East Coast Swing, Foxtrot

Salsa/Latin music:
Learn Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and Rumba

Smooth classic and Jazz vocals:
Learn Waltz, Quickstep, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Jive, East Coast Swing

The easiest and most used “Ballroom social dances” to start with are: Foxtrot, Waltz, Rumba, Cha Cha, East Coast Swing, and Nightclub Two Step… For more information about each style of dance, check out Dance Descriptions.

Easiest To LearnNext LevelMore Difficult
WaltzCha ChaArgentine Tango
MerengueSalsa or MamboBolero
FoxtrotTangoViennese Waltz
RumbaLindy SwingQuickstep
4-count Hustle (Disco)East Coast Swing (triple rhythm)Lindy Hop
East Coast Swing (simple rhythm)Nightclub Two-StepPaso Doble
Fusion WaltzWest Coast Swing
Polka3-count Hustle (Disco)
International (Slow) Foxtrot
American (Silver) Foxtrot
International Waltz
International Cha Cha
International Tango
International Rumba