Ballroom Dance > Which is harder: Latin or Standard?

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by LenaB, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. vcolfari

    vcolfari Member

    Smooth, Rhythm, and Latin are ridiculously easy because you can do so many figures without precision and they still look ok. Standard is hardest because it requires accuracy.
  2. bia

    bia Well-Known Member

    Someone who competes in the 10 international style dances -- the 5 standard dances and the 5 latin dances.

    And you didn't ask, but a 9-dance competitor is someone who competes in the 9 American style dances -- the 4 smooth dances and the 5 rhythm dances.
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  3. freeageless

    freeageless Active Member

    Bia, thank you.
  4. Miss Silly

    Miss Silly Well-Known Member

    One thing i suppose (in my mind at least, but arguably is what makes the smooth/standard dances more difficult) is negotiating floor traffic. I'm a follow but even so, i experience more crashing in the ballroom department vs. the latin dances, simply by the nature of the smooth/standard dancing that involve significant amounts of momentum and travelling speed covering more ground. I suspect this is a more difficult learning curve for the leads (in terms of trafficology) than it is for the latin dances.
  5. toothlesstiger

    toothlesstiger Well-Known Member

    Hmm, I find it to be the other way around.
  6. toothlesstiger

    toothlesstiger Well-Known Member

    OK, this begs the question of context. If you dance without precision, you aren't going to win. But it will probably be fine on a social floor.
  7. danceronice

    danceronice Well-Known Member

    Yeah, can I have that judging panel that doesn't care if you're precise in Rhythm or Latin, please?

    Oddly, right now, my answer would be Standard's easier than Latin. (Foxtrot always excepted. NP, after the 20th time I changed weight when I shouldn't: "Oh, I see, you need to do MORE International Foxtrot, we're not going to do anything else until you get that...") And always Viennese. I mean, really, all I have to do is stay in frame, and remember three steps. How hard is THAT?
  8. Bailamosdance

    Bailamosdance Well-Known Member

    I nominate this for reply of the day! Lol
  9. ajiboyet

    ajiboyet Well-Known Member

    I think what this means is that: usually, for any step in Latin/Rhythm/Smooth, there's quite a wide range of good ways you can do know, flavors and styles that can be thrown in the mix. For Standard, that range is VERY narrow.
  10. toothlesstiger

    toothlesstiger Well-Known Member

    Yes, a wide range of ways you can make the judges go "bleaachh!, what was that?" There is a big difference between doing something with precise intent, and "oops". I don't think the apparent greater opportunities make it any easier. Quite the contrary, as my Latin coach overwhelmed me with possibilities...

    I kind of like the idea of "one way to do it right".
  11. Larinda McRaven

    Larinda McRaven Site Moderator Staff Member

    my sentiment exactly
  12. Lioness

    Lioness Well-Known Member

    I find standard (with the exception of foxtrot, lol) much easier than latin...In latin, I have to be fast, precise, over my feet, wiggle my hips...wiggle them in different ways depending on the dance...keep my connection and top-line good.

    In standard I keep my frame, keep my connection, and follow DP.
  13. Terpsichorean Clod

    Terpsichorean Clod Well-Known Member

    +1 *

    That's why I dance standard.

    *(except the part about it being "ridiculously easy"; it's pretty brutal for me, just not so brutal as the others ;))
  14. ajiboyet

    ajiboyet Well-Known Member

    When you put it this way, I kinda have to agree with you. There IS a difference between precision and "oops".
  15. Miss Silly

    Miss Silly Well-Known Member

    I should take more of this mental approach. See standard totally freaks me out and is my weakest genre because there is precisely one way to do it and every other way is "wrong". I suppose i find the freedom of having a 'million different options' enticing because if i can't get one option, i just do another one, and it can still be 'right'. Personally i find standard most difficult, but this could come down to the ultimate crux of the concept of "what is more difficult" has a lot to do with our own personal strengths and weaknessess. I happen to be a very wiggly dancer LOL---too much in fact (its a problem), and it's difficult for me to add in appropriate tethering. In standard, i can't just wiggle my way out of a situation LOL.
  16. toothlesstiger

    toothlesstiger Well-Known Member

    Latin freaks me out. No matter what I do with my arms, they look like crap, and I don't think I will ever be able to point my feet sufficiently to make my rumba and cha cha look right.
  17. Lyra

    Lyra Active Member

    I don't think you'll ever get a clear answer. It depends on the person, the situation, the day, the time.....

    For me it changes all the time - but I'd say in any case it's more about which dance do I find the most difficult rather than standard/latin.
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  18. theAnnelis

    theAnnelis Active Member

    Simply put, every dance in both styles has its own set of what makes it difficult.
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  19. ajiboyet

    ajiboyet Well-Known Member

    FWIW Marat Gimaev and Alina Basyuk were very successful 10-dancers before they decided to specialise in Ballroom.
    Also, Andrej Skufca was a 10-dancer with Katarina, and he initially wanted to stick with Ballroom.

    Again, I don't believe there's an objective, correct answer.
  20. waltzguy

    waltzguy Active Member

    Good question, I'm not criticizing it at all, but it's analogous to asking:
    • Ford or Chevy
    • McDonalds or Burger King
    • ... (you get the idea)
    Only a balanced dancer equally knowledgable in both Standard and Latin can truly answer the question. And even then, it will be a hard question to answer.

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