5 Fun Songs For Ballroom Dance

Author: Paul Haefner

When my wife, Pam, and I started ballroom dance lessons, we wanted to perfect our East Coast Swing.

A big part of that desire was our love of big band music. So, when our instructor, Maria, suggested that we might want to broaden our dancing horizons and learn several other styles of dance like the waltz, rumba, foxtrot, cha cha, and tango; we imagined ourselves forever dancing to the period music that we associated with each of those dances.

We were pleasantly surprised in our lessons when Maria confidently stated that we were “music ready” and put on a familiar song. I remember thinking, “You can dance (insert dance style of choice) to that?”

Since that time, Pam and I have played a game with each other… Dance that Tune. We often have music playing in the background at home. At random times, one of us will get the others attention and ask, “What would you dance to this?”

Here are a few of our favorite surprises:

Rumba to “Fields of Gold” by Sting

Foxtrot to “Some Kind of Wonderful” by Grand Funk Railroad

Waltz to “Come Away with Me” by Norah Jones

Tango to “Roxanne” by The Police

Cha Cha to “Lady Marmalade” by Patty LaBelle

One of the great joys of ballroom dance is the discovery that you get to dance to some of your favorite music. Foxtrot brought me back to the Rat Pack and the music of many years before, but Ella and Louis will have to wait ‘til next time.

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