International Standard

When one conjures an image of ballroom dancing, International Standard is the style that most often comes to mind: sweeping ball gowns, men in tails and formal, regal dancing. With steps that date back hundreds of years to the royal courts of Europe, it is ballroom’s oldest style, its most recognizable and, some would say, its most elegant. The competition includes five dances: Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Fox Trot and Quickstep. All five must be danced in the “closed position,” meaning that the man and woman must remain in contact at all times – in contrast to their American Smooth counterparts, who are allowed to separate and rejoin while performing many of the same steps.