What is Social & Sequence?
The term “Social & Sequence” is a semi in-house term used by Long-Steps to describe a collection of dances we teach that don’t strictly fit into other categories of Modern Ballroom, Latin American, or New Vogue. There are many recognised sequence dances in a fantastic range of styles that are suitable for the social dance scene. All of these dances have a set sequence, and many of them are short entry level dances suited to beginners. Long-Steps tends to divide these dances into three main categories: Modern Ballroom sequences, Latin American sequences, and Fun & Easy Going.
The “Fun & Easy Going” dances range in style and include: Alpha Waltz, Argentine Stroll, Balmoral Blues, Festival Glide, Honky Tonk, Mayfair Quickstep, and President’s Daughter’s Waltz. Some of these dances are included in the broader definition of New Vogue, others are known as Old Time, and some are just in a category of their own. These dances are often constructed of easier moves, making it easier for beginner dancers to learn them quickly. Furthermore, the styles, holds, and general social feel of these dances allow beginners to relax, have fun, and explore some basic styling at an early stage.
The Modern Ballroom and Latin American sequences, as the names suggest, are dances with a set routine that are danced to the relevant rhythm within those styles. The Modern Ballrooms sequences danced at Long-Steps are: Engagement Waltz, Glenroy Foxtrot, and Tulidil Waltz, while the Latin American sequences are: Jango Jive, Katrina Samba, Midnight Jive, Pontinental Cha Cha, Queen of Hearts Rumba, Rumba One, Sally Anne Cha Cha, and Salt Dog Samba.
With a governing dance style defining how the dance should be approached there is a limit to creative licence that can be applied, but styling is easier in these dances as there is less emphasis on the lead and follow requirement. Dancers often find the Modern Ballroom and Latin American sequences a fantastic stepping-stone to learning the non-sequenced version of that dance style.