Where Ballroom Dancing Originated?

The ballroom at Eglinton Castle

Ballroom dancing developed in England. However, the first authoritative knowledge of the earliest ballroom dances was recorded in the 16th century in France. The term ‘ballroom dancing’ is derived from the word ball. Ball originated from the Latin word ‘ballade’, which means to dance.


  • 16th Century England

Originally, Britons would use ballroom dance to express love, courtships, exercises, beliefs, traditions, and even religions. Those were the foundations of ballroom dancing back in the 16th century.

  • 18th Century England

By this time, everyone is in love with dancing, but not everyone loves the way it was being practized.

Some aristocrats, nobles and royals complained about the involvement of physical touch.

This is the very reason why ballroom dances such as polka, schottische, and mazurka were created. It is because of them that we get to choose from different genres of ballroom dancing now. 

  • 20th Century Revolution across America

By this time, people from the lower and middle class fought for their passion. Dances are no longer that slow. In fact, dances were performed with full energy, fast motions, and many independent moves.

The ballroom dances became so famous that even neighboring countries have managed to add their own cultural touch to it.

These dances may be completely different from those from the 16th century, but they still do give a great impact on dancing enthusiasts.


  • 21th Century Revolution across America

This was the century when ballroom dancing became a sport. Competitions and organizations were built.

Ballroom dancing allowed dancers to be not just satisfied with their skills but be driven enough to learn more and do better.