Competition Ballroom Dancing

One of the core ideas behind music4dance is to find interesting music to build playlists for competitions rounds. This page is a central location to start a search for songs for your own playlists based on the tempo definitions of competition ballroom dance established by World Dance Council and National Dance Council of America and our database of songs.

  • Click on any of the tempos in the table below (in the MPM, DanceSport, or NDCA columns) to go to a list of songs of that tempo
  • Click on the dance names to go to our details information page for that dance style
  • Read our blog post for step by step instructions on using our catalog to find music of specific style and tempo.
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American Rhythm

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

More about American Rhythm dances.


International Latin

An International Latin five dance round consists of the following:
Name Meter MPM Dance­Sport NDCA Professional or Amateur
NDCA Silver/Gold
Cha Cha 4/4 31 30-32 31
31
Samba 2/4 48-52 50-52 50
48-50
Rumba 4/4 26-27 26-27 26
27
Paso Doble 2/4 60-62 60-62 60-62
60-62
Jive 4/4 38-44 42-44 44
38-44

More about International Latin dances.


American Smooth

An American Smooth four dance round consists of the following:
Name Meter MPM Dance­Sport NDCA Pro/Am
NDCA Bronze
Slow Waltz 3/4 28-30 28-30 28-30
30-32
Tango (Ballroom) 4/4 30 30 30
30-32
Slow Foxtrot 4/4 30-34 30-32 30
32-34
Viennese Waltz 3/4 53-54 53-54 53-54
54

More about American Smooth dances.


International Standard

An International Standard five dance round consists of the following:
Name Meter MPM Dance­Sport NDCA Professional or Amateur
NDCA Silver/Gold
Slow Waltz 3/4 28-30 28-30 28
28-30
Tango (Ballroom) 4/4 32 31-33 32
32
Viennese Waltz 3/4 56-58 58-60 56-58
56-58
Slow Foxtrot 4/4 28-30 28-30 28-30
28-30
QuickStep 4/4 48-52 50-52 48-52
48-52

More about International Standard dances.


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