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Ballroom

At one time dances were held in different venues - Assembly Rooms, Town Halls, Church Halls, Clubs, Hotels and of course in the hundreds of luxury ballrooms created to produce a suitably romantic setting for people to meet and dance together.

With the demise of the Ballrooms in the 1960's and the upsurge of clubs and Discotheques the name has lingered on to become a generic term referring to the dances popular during the orignal era. The Waltz, Slow Foxtrot, Tango and Quickstep - sometimes referred to as the four standard dances. Other branches exist for Latin American, Sequence and Disco Dancing.

The National has had a seperate Ballroom Branch since the early 1920's. Over the years a complex and detailed technique has been developed.

In 1932 our member Edgar Newton conceived the idea of Medal Tests. A progressive series of practical examinations for amatuers, with successful candidates receiving an award. The have become the basis for most successful school training programmes all over the world.

An extensive range of tests are available in all age groups - Under 8's, Juvenile, Juniors and Adults. Introductory grades are tailored especially for the more enthusiastic social dancer.

Those who may be interested in competition dancing, sometimes known as Dancesport could have no better foundation for success than to progress from a social award to Bronze, Silver, Gold and higher.

Ballroom Dancing was formely just a social grace. Today it is popular all over the world as a keenly competetive sporting art form. As a pleasant form of healthy exercise in a congenial atmosphere with your favourite partner it has no equal.