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Re: Need help with practice music selection
Posted by OZ.
4/3/2012  12:21:00 PM
Craig. I hold nothing against Country Music. But in my humble opinion you will never get the true feeling of a International Style Waltz from a Country and Western type tune. Compare Lotus by Secret Garden as an example of a Waltz played as it should be played. That will give the true feeling of dancing a Waltz.Then listen to a Country and Western Waltz. Which do you think is the more appropreiate.
Google "Lotus by Secret Garden " and become converted.
Re: Need help with practice music selection
Posted by SmoothGeezer
4/4/2012  1:18:00 PM
I'm making a big assumption you are doing American style, because country music is more popular here. I go to a lot of places where only country music is played, and even though I do the country dances, I am constantly looking for a song I can do ballroom to because that is my favorite. For practice purposes, a country song can work, much as it does for me at a country place (even though I can think of better choices). For the dances you listed, here are some that will work:

From a Jack to a King by Ricky Van Shelton
Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight by The Statler Brothers
I'll Take Texas by Vince Gill & Shelby Lynne
All Of Me (Loves All Of You) by George Strait
Eat At Joe's by Suzy Bogguss (also works as a West Coast Swing)
Side By Side by Kay Starr
I'm Moving Along by Pasty Cline
Waltz Me Once Again by KD Lang
Blue by Leann Rhimes

I'll not list these. There are many. Just look for some 3/4 time music that's not too fast.

There are a lot of songs that will pass for a rumba. The country music dancers use many of these for cha cha, but in my opinion they aren't very good cha chas and work better as a rumba. Most country bands have a lot of trouble imitating Latin music.

I Just Want To Dance With You by George Strait
I Can See Clearly Now by Anne Murray
Neon Moon by Brooks & Dunn
One Night At A Time by George Strait
Dancin', Shaggin' On The Boulevard by Alabama
Gulf Of Mexico by Clint Black
Two Pina Coladas by Garth Brooks
My Maria by Garth Brooks
South Of Santa Fe by Brooks & Dunn

Other songs, not necessarily country songs, but done often by country bands that are also rumbas are: Spanish Eyes, Under The Boardwalk, Up On The Roof, Slow Hand, Blue Bayou, and Spanish Harlem.

I know on NO country song that has a samba beat.
Re: Need help with practice music selection
Posted by OZ.
4/4/2012  11:41:00 PM
We will never dance like the Demonstrations we see on the Internet or on a bought DVD. Unless we have the correct music it just will not happen
A Rumba for instance is not any 4/4 tune played at 25 bars BPM ( that is bars per minute ). How many times have I seen couples dancing to a bouncy Cha Cha and they themselves bouncing along with the music at abour 36 BPM. instead of 30 BPM It depends on, do we want to dance correctly or not.
Re: Need help with practice music selection
Posted by FrogPrincezz
4/15/2012  8:29:00 AM
Easy by Rascal Flatts /Natasha Bedingfield is a great Viennese Waltz.
Re: Need help with practice music selection
Posted by Rita
6/25/2012  10:54:00 PM
thanks very much. very helpful.
rita malta
Re: Need help with practice music selection
Posted by nloftofan1
6/26/2012  10:49:00 AM
While you may be right in a way (I like my Rumbas and Cha-Chas to be Latin music, not something else with approximately the right rhythm), craiguerabbitry said at the beginning that almost the only available music where he lives is country music. So he would like to be able to answer the question "Can you name a Rumba and I'll play it?" in terms that will be of use to him.

A former instructor in the New Orleans area lived in a small town 40 miles from New Orleans. He used to go out to the local clubs and have fun dancing to what was available there--not the music you hear at Blackpool!
Re: Need help with practice music selection
Posted by Penny
8/24/2012  11:21:00 AM
Neon Moon is classic Cowboy Cha cha

a great country foxtrot...Really good at drinking beer (Billy Currington)
Re: Need help with practice music selection
Posted by billymarsh
10/3/2012  7:18:00 AM
You work for 4 days and then have a day off. Your best friend works for 5 days and then has a day off. How many days after you had a day off together will you have another day off together?"
Can someone please explain how I do this?
Re: Need help with practice music selection
Posted by rgswoohoo
10/19/2012  12:03:00 PM
for when you get to these dances:

Carrie Underwood - Cowboy Cassanova WEST COAST
Confederate Railraod - Trashy Women EAST COAST

Steve Holy - "Come on Rain" is a good Rumba

Re: Need help with practice music selection
Posted by maineb1111
11/20/2012  7:24:00 PM
There are lots of good country waltzes that are very good. My favorite is "Slow Dance" by Michael Peterson. "Sandy's Song" by Dolly Parton is excellent also, but a trifle slow. "I See It Now" by Tracy Lawrence is very good also.

There are also a fair number of good country swings. I recall "Watermelon Crawl" by Tracy Byrd in particular.

Good country numbers for many ballroom dances are hard to come by, partly because country-specific dances like Texas Two Step take up much of the "musical space" that would be Foxtrot, Quickstep, etc. Also, Tango is a country dance, - just the wrong country. Good luck, hope this helps!

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