The New Vogue dance style is an Australian form of sequence dancing that originated in the 1930s. Since then it has become an important part in the Australian ballroom scene, holding as much importance in social and competition dancing as latin or International Standard dances.
There are a large number of New Vogue dances, although only a handful are common. All New Vogue dances are based on a sequence of dance steps which are continually repeated, usually until the music ends. They sequences are always either 16 or 32 bars long, and require music that is in turn "sequenced" (composed of verses that are either 16 or 32 bars long). Due to the nature of the dances they are much easier to pick up by beginners than, say, Latin dances (which have numerous types of steps that are combined into custom routines) and as such, beginner dancers are less likely to feel overwhelmed when learning them and can perform the dances to a respectable level within a short time of learning. New Vogue dances can be danced at different levels, with higher levels requiring more precise steps and the addition of arm and torso movement, known as "styling". This in a nutshell makes the dances easy to pick up but hard to master. New Vogue Dances are based on one of several sub categories, including Viennese Waltz Rhythm, Slow Foxtrot Rhythm, March Rhythm and Tango Rhythm.
Out of the many New Vogue Dances, fifteen are recognised by Dancesport Australia for use in Dancesport competitions. These are listed below:
ENGLISH OLD TIME
In England, around the turn of the century, sequence dances were a popular style of dancing. The technique of the steps uses balletic foot positions, with the feet turned out each by 45 degrees. These dances were brought out by English colonists. Many of these dances are still performed today in Great Britain, and at social dances in Australia. A set of 16 dances have been approved by the Australian Dancesport Federation for use in dance competition and championships in Australia:
English Old Time Dances Used in Dancesport competition
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We are sequence ballroom dancers which means that everybody on the dance floor does the same thing in the same direction (hopefully) at the same time unlike our ballroom cousins who dance every which way.
Sequence dancing is a set routine of steps (figures) danced over 16 or 32 bars of music, just like the Tangoette, Charmaine, Carousel or Swing Waltz. Each routine is danced several times over the length of the music being played.
Sequence takes in all the ballroom dance styles - Slow Foxtrot, Blues, Saunter, Quickstep, Swing, Jive, Old Time Waltz (New Vogue), Modern Waltz, Tango, Rumba, Cha Cha, Samba, Mambo, Salsa, Bossa Nova & Paso Doble' Polka and Two step.
Many of the dances we perform originate in England, the home of ballroom dancing, and of course there are some Aussie or New Vogue style dances like the Barclay Blues, Jacober Blues, Gaiety Waltz, to name but a few.