Sequence dancing is a combination of figures and movements from the Waltz, Quickstep, Tango, Foxtrot, Cha Cha Cha and Rumba, arranged in a repeatable group or sequence. This type of dancing also includes Old Time dances such as Old Time Waltz, Two-Steps, Blues, Saunters, Swings etc.
When dancing sequence, all couples dance around the ballroom anticlockwise, dancing the same sequence as each other, at the same time – almost as if in formation.
The sequence is a fairly short routine of approximately 10 technical figures or 40 steps arranged within 16 bars of dance music which is repeated until the music ends.
New dances have to have won a major inventive dance competition.
Each dance has an exclusive name. Some have been around for many years, for example, Sindy Swing, Balmoral Blues, Waltz Catherine, Melody Foxtrot, Tango Serida, Rumba One, Saunter Together, Square Tango, Lilac Waltz, Sally Ann Cha Cha Cha, Mayfair Quickstep, but new dances are being created and scripted all the time.
Newer dances that we have taught include, White City Waltz, Queen of Hearts Rumba, Tina Tango, Rumba Deargo, Variety Swing, Tayside Tango, Welcome Waltz, Saunter Shiraz, Viennese Swing, Sweet Bay Salsa, Wisconsin Waltz, Star Ruby Rumba, Let’s Swing, Blue Angel Rumba, Lace Agate Swing, Magic Mambo, Charnwood Cha Cha Cha, Midnight Jive and Black Country Blues.
Here are videos showing the steps for the very popular Mayfair Quickstep and the Sally Ann Cha Cha Cha to music. Both videos come from the Sequence Dance UK website, which features videos of many of the sequence dances.