American Rhythm

American Rhythm is a category of competition ballroom dancing that is defined by the World Dance Council and National Dance Council of America.

An American Rhythm five dance round consists of the following:
Name Meter MPM Dance­Sport NDCA Pro/Am
NDCA Bronze
Cha Cha 4/4 30 30 30
30
Rumba 4/4 30-36 30-34 32-36
30-32
East Coast Swing 4/4 34-36 34-36 36
34-36
Bolero 4/4 24-26 24-26 24
24-26
Mambo 4/4 47-51 47-51 47
48-51
Other dances categorized as American Rhythm, although they aren't part of the competition round, are:
Name Meter MPM Dance­Sport NDCA Pro/Am
NDCA Bronze
Paso Doble 2/4 58-60 58-60 58-60
58-60
Samba 2/4 48-52 48 52
52
Merengue 2/4 29-32 29-32 29-32
29-32
Hustle 4/4 28-30 28-30 28-30
28-30
West Coast Swing 4/4 28-32 28-32 28-32
28-32
Polka 2/4 60-62 60-62 60-62
60-62

Other categories of competition ballroom dancing are International Standard, International Latin and American Smooth.

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Try It! Documentation Blog Posts

Read the music4dance blog entries about Ballroom in general and American Rhythm more specifically.