It is not the speed, but the feel of the music that counts. Still, most dances feel most comfortable in a certain tempo range. This is counted in Measures Per Minute (mpm) or in Beats Per Minute (bpm). A measure contains two beats for Samba, Polka and (in most cases) Paso Doble, three for Waltz (both slow and Viennese), and four for the rest of the dances.
Mpm tables for ballroom dances
Bpm tables for country dances
Mpm (measure per minute) counts for ballroom dances Type: International American Pro-Am according to: NDCA ISDF IDCB Bronze Waltz 28-31 30 30 28-30 30-32 Viennese Waltz 56-60 60 60 54-56 54-58 Tango 32-34 33 33 30-32 30-32 Foxtrot 28-30 30 28 30-32 30-34 Quickstep 50-52 50 52 Peabody 60-62 60-62 Cha Cha 32-34 30 32 28-30 30-32 Samba 48-50 50 50 54-56 54-56 Paso Doble 60-62 62 62 58-60 58-60 Rumba 27-29 27 27 32** 32-36** Bolero 24 24-26 Mambo 47 48-51 Merengue 29-32 29-32 Jive 44-52 44 44 East Coast Swing 36-40 34-36 West Coast Swing 28-32 28-32 Polka 60-62 60-62 Hustle 28-30 28-30 Nightclub Two-Step 16-22*
Bpm counting; theory.
Bpm counting software
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