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Free Ballroom Dancing Music

Monday, November 30th, 2009

November 29, 2009

If you would like some free ballroom dancing music, you can download 25 free songs at http://www.emusic.com/ as part of the 7 day free trial. You must give your credit card details and remember to cancel the subscription before the 7 days is up.

The choice is quite limited for mainstream and popular music. Be careful not to select popular songs that are recorded by someone else that you have never heard of. There are lots of these songs at this site. I do not know why anyone would subscribe monthly to this site.

However, there is much free music for dancing, including albums recorded especially for ballroom dancing. There are also some nice tracks that are available even though they can take some finding.

About a month ago, I did the free trial offer – it was for 50 free songs. It is genuine. I haven’t paid a penny for them. Below are some of the dancing songs that I received for free. I have sorted them under dance type. These are:

Cha Cha

  • I wanna dance – Willy Chirino
  • Short skirt long jacket – Cake
  • You spin me round – Dead or Alive
  • I’m gonna getcha good – Shania Twain
  • Kiss me honey honey – Shirley Bassey
  • Hey Baby (Uhh Ahh) – DJ Otzi

Foxtrot

  • Sixteen tons – Tennessee Ernie
  • Walking my baby back home – Nat King Cole
  • It had to be you

There are many Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett songs.

Jive

  • Jack is Back – C’lan
  • Hound Dog – Elvis Presley
  • Heatwave – Martha and the Vandellas
  • In the mood – Glen Miller
  • Why do fools in love – Alma Cogan
  • Life could be a dream – Diamonds

There are more Elvis Presley and Alma Cogan songs available.

Mambo

  • Mambo Italiano – Alma Cogan

Rumba

  • Take my breath away – Berlin
  • Under the boardwalk – The Drifters

Tango

  • La Comparsita
  • Libertango – Sharon Shannon and Kirsty Macoll

Viennese Waltz

  • Kiss from a rose – Seal

Waltz

  • Theme from Papillon
  • Unchained Melody – Gerry and the Pacemakers

Other Dance Songs

  • Relax – Frankie Goes to Hollywood
  • Two tribes – Frankie Goes to Hollywood
  • Walking on sunshine – Katrina and the Waves
  • Connected – Stereo Mcs
  • I like to move it

More Free Music

I haven’t tried this site yet, but I hear that you can get free ballroom dance tracks at EZ-Tracks.

To return to this site’s home page click here: Ballroom dancing.

Music for Ballroom Dancing

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Apparently, the last thing that men pay attention to when they are learning to dance is the music. This is because they are more focused on learning the following fundamentals:

  • How to do the steps
  • How to lead the steps
  • How the frame feels when doing it right

I have found that this is true for me at first. As a beginner to ballroom dancing, I do need to understand the pattern before leading someone else. I believe that a solid understanding of the fundamentals is essential. (This was the case when I was learning rock climbing, golf and soccer.)

However, once I have learned the basic footwork I find that I learn more quickly when the music I am dancing to has a clear beat and I know what the timing of the music is. When I can feel the rhythm timing in my body, I find that I can do the steps to the music more easily. I also feel like I know what I am doing because my partner and I are dancing to the music.

As a beginner, some music seems easier to dance to than others.

Liking the music really helps me to be on time with the music. I have been buying songs that I like – where the timing is clear –  so that I can practice what I have learned in a lesson in a fun way at home. I often listen to this music while doing things around the house so that I learn the timing of the music without conscious effort. For more on this, read my article How to Hear the Music and Know What Dance to Do.

I have listed the songs that I like for each dance below. I will update this list as I go.

Cha Cha

  • Sex Bomb - Reload – Mousse T & Tom Jones
  • I Wanna Dance - Afro-Disiac- Willy Chirino
  • Kiss Me Honey Honey – Shirley Bassey
  • You spin me round – Dead or Alive
  • I’m gonna getcha good – Shania Twain

Foxtrot

  • The Pink Panther - 100 Greatest Film Themes –  The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Sixteen Tons – 100 Hits: Rock & roll 1950’s – Graham BLVD
  • Walking my baby back home – Nat King Cole

Jive

  • Hit the Road Jack - Anthology -Ray Charles
  • Wake Me up Before You Go Go - Make it Big – Wham
  • Candyman – Back to Basics – Christina Aguilera
  • Jack is Back – C’lan
  • Hound Dog - Elvis Presley

Mambo

  • Baby Keep Smiling – A Little Bit of Mambo – Lou Bega
  • Mambo No 5 – A Little Bit of Mambo – Lou Bega

Rumba

  • Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps -
  • Under the Boardwalk -
  • Take my breath away – Berlin

Salsa

  • Corazon Espinado – Ultimate Santana –  Santana

Tango (American)

  • La Comparsita
  • Libertango – Sharon Shannon and Kirsty Macoll

Waltz

  • Come Away With Me – Come Away With Me – Nora Jones

The Dancesport site can help you find more music.