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
Bpm counting; theory.
Bpm (beats per minute) counts for country dances Two Step 180-212 Waltz 90-112 Polka 116-136 Cha cha 92-116 West coast swing 108-136 East coast swing 140-164
Bpm counts for regional country dances Shuffle 124-148 Southwest shuffle 100-128 Triple two step 108-132 Schottische 120-144 Southern style Sch. 140-164 Rhythm two step 140-168 Pony swing 208-236
Bpm counting software
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