There are a couple of different dance forms which go by this name. (At least three that I know of.) The most common form is a choreographed ballroom dance. Round dance clubs have a "cuer" who uses a microphone to tell dancers what to do, much like a square dance caller, but instead of a square dance, they are doing a pre-choreographed ballroom dance routine.
Pros: You don't have to worry about leading as much;, in many cases the dances have been choreographed to very carefully fit the music and take advantage of interesting spots; you learn the names of all the moves you're doing; you can usually transfer the moves (and good sequences) to the ballroom dance floor; and lessons are much cheaper.
Cons: You don't _get_ to lead; except for styling you can't really put your inventiveness into the dance routine; you can't do the routines outside a round dance club (no normal round dancer memorizes these routines, although you can carry pieces of them to the ballroom floor); you have to find a round dance club in your area; and to get to the good stuff you have to put up with introductory lessons where you concentrate on hokey two-step dances (IMHO), :-)
By the way, I have a directory of Round Dance teachers world-wide, so in many cases I can give you the phone number of teachers in your area if anyone is really interested. [ Darrah Chavey firstname.lastname@example.org ]
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