What is New Vogue?
New Vogue, sometimes referred to as Australian New Vogue, is a set of sequence dances that originated in Australia in the 1930s. All New Vogue dances are sequences, meaning everyone dances the same steps at the same time. While the term New Vogue is often used to describe many sequence dances of different styles, there are 15 recognised dances used on the competitive scene. These dances are spread across 4 different rhythms and include: Barclay Blues, Carousel, Charmaine, Evening 3 Step, Excelsior Schottische, Gypsy Tap, La Bomba, Lucille Waltz, Merrilyn, Parma Waltz, Swing Waltz, Tangoette, Tango Terrific, Tracie Leigh Waltz, and Twilight Waltz.
Because of the sequenced nature of the New Vogue dances, that is the steps are already set, beginner dancers often find them easier to learn compared to Modern Ballroom or Latin American. Once the sequence has been learned, dancers are free to focus on developing more advanced technique and styling without any fear of the routine changing. This has led to a sense of continual evolution over the past decades as the stylisation of dances on the competition floor and even the interpretation of the steps keeps changing.
An added benefit of a set sequence is that the hold can be changed more readily. The New Vogue dances employ many different holds that other dance styles would find problematic, and at the competitive level dancers are not required to be in hold at all. The mixture of a set sequence, and the ability to style and personalise the dance to taste has made the New Vogue dances very popular with beginner and competitive dancers alike.