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Dance Tempo For Ballroom Dancing

Tim Spiro

(As compiled by Tim Spiro May 2008)

The following is a guide to help music providers present a music program that will provide danceable rhythms for ballroom dancers. The tempo for some of these (especially foxtrot and waltz) are likely slower than most bands play for general entertainment.

This is the tempo in measures per minute for each type of dance rhythm best for ballroom dancing, and is a melding of the American and International Ballroom styles. Measures per minute (MPM) multiplied by beats per measure will equal beats per minute.