Ray Anthony
Young Man with a Horn: 1952-1954
The Fabulous Ballroom Collection
Swing Back to the 40s

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The Ballroom Dance form, which is actually a relatively loose term and not as strict as many think, became prominent in 1812 and continued to develop throughout the intervening century. The waltz helped develop ballroom dancing and can easily be discerned as constituting two-thirds of these dance and musical forms. The waltz itself developed in Austria and was eventually surpassed in practice by the U.S. and Britain. In fact, most ballroom innovations and continuities are to be found in the British Isles. Ballroom dances may seem more serious than other forms of dance, and to some extent they are. The major characteristic of the ballroom dance, however, is not the serious nature of the music but rather the fact that the couples continue dancing together, arm in arm (or touching), and remain together throughout the dance -- there is no switching of partners unless someone "cuts in." One partner is generally held and guided by the other. Until the development of the waltz, couples were often apart on the dance floor or switched partners in the course of the dance -- even in such renowned forms as the minuet.

Ballroom Dance Artists Highlights

Ray Anthony
Ray Anthony

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Ballroom Dance Album Highlights

Young Man with a Horn: 1952-1954
Ray Anthony / Ray Anthony ...
Young Man with a Horn: ...
The Fabulous Ballroom Collection
Arthur Murray Orchestra
The Fabulous Ballroom ...
Swing Back to the 40s
Ray Anthony Orchestra
Swing Back to the 40s
The Golden Years: British Dance Bands
Various Artists
The Golden Years: British ...
Strictly Ballroom: Fox Trot
Francisco Montaro
Strictly Ballroom: Fox Trot
Everybody Dance [ASV/Living Era]
Various Artists
Everybody Dance ...

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Ballroom Dance Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
With You in Mind Ray Anthony / Ray Anthony & His Orchestra
I'll Never Smile Again Ray Anthony
The Bunny Hop Ray Anthony / Tommy Mercer / Marcie Miller
Love Is Here to Stay Francisco Montaro
Hear My Song, Violetta Victor Silvester
And the Angels Sing Les & Larry Elgart
Big Ben Is Saying Goodnight
Ambrose Orchestra

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