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International Style

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The term International Style refers to a particular style of Ballroom Dances developed in the Europe that contrasts with the American Style. In a narrower sense, it denotes the group of 10 Dances danced in International Style DanceSport competitions. The group consists of two programs: International Style Standard and International Style Latin.


The International Style is made up of two categories of dance, International Style Standard and International Style Latin, which combine elements of both the American Smooth and American Rhythm.

International Style Standard


Name WDSF Tempo (MPM) WDC Tempo (MPM) WDSF Dancing Time (seconds) WDC Dancing Time (seconds)
Cha Cha Cha 30–32 30 90–120 90–120
Samba 50–52 48 90–120 90–120
Rumba 25-27 22 90–120 90–120
Paso Doble 60-62 56 90–120 90–120
Jive 42-44 42 90–120 90–120

The Latin dances are more overtly sensual, with fashionable, dressy costumes for women and tight-fitting, classy ones for men. More variation in movement is allowed than in the Standard dances. Close, semi-open and open figures are danced. Choreography is extremely important. Hip action is common as well as athletic and balletic maneuvers. The Samba and Paso Doble are the two Latin dances that are progressive, but there is no obligation to move in any pre-set manner round the floor.

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