After 25 great years of dancing, the Latown Sequence Dance Group has ceased operation due to insufficient attendees.
Kay & I thank all those who have supported and helped us through the years.
We will continue to be involved in social dancing and our DVD's and other items will still be available.
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It all started in 1986
Latown is the name of our dance group, it is not a place so you won't find it on any map and we don't have a membership - you just come along and join in the fun of dancing.
We've been dancing in the Lalor -Thomastown area of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia since 1986 and took part of each suburb as our name - LAlor ThomasTOWN.
At our first dance we managed to attract 20 people who were interested in social ballroom dancing and in the intervening years we have outgrown four halls, but we're still here dancing and having fun.
We are sequence ballroom dancers which means that everybody on the dance floor does the same thing in the same direction (hopefully) at the same time unlike our ballroom cousins who dance every which way.
Sequence dancing is a set routine of steps (figures) danced over 16 or 32 bars of music, just like the Tangoette, Charmaine, Carousel or Swing Waltz. Each routine is danced several times over the length of the music being played.
Sequence takes in all the ballroom dance styles - Slow Foxtrot, Blues, Saunter, Quickstep, Swing, Jive, Old Time Waltz (New Vogue), Modern Waltz, Tango, Rumba, Cha Cha, Samba, Mambo, Salsa, Bossa Nova & Paso Doble' (I think that's all?)
Most of the dances we perform originate in England, the home of ballroom dancing, and of course there are some Aussie or New Vogue style dances like the Barclay Blues, Jacober Blues, Gaiety Waltz, Bellevue Foxtrot, White Opal Waltz, Old Orchard Waltz to name but a few.
What is the difference between English Sequence and New Vogue Styles?
Nothing much at all really!
Regardless of whether you dance the Lucille or Twilight Waltz or the Balmoral Blues you are dancing a sequence dance. The fact that the first two originated in Australia and the latter in England, doesn't change a thing. The Lucille and the Twilight used to be called Old Time waltzes but in the mid 20th century they became known as New Vogue waltzes. Mainly to avoid confusion with the English Old Time Waltzes which have since become known as the Classical Waltz.
The main difference between New Vogue waltz style and the English Classical waltz is the foor positions. The new Vogue Waltz uses the parallel foot positions where the English Classical Waltz uses the ballet foot positions.
There are four tempo's for the waltz (3/4) timing Modern (Jazz) at 30 bars per minute (bpm), English Classical at 44 bpm, New Vogue at 52 bpm and Viennese (circular) at 60 bpm.
HOWEVER, for some unknown reason the Australian social dancer refers to all dances that are not "Old Time" as they knew them, as "that New Vogue stuff." regardless of it's origin.
Another difference between New Vogue and English sequence is the New Vogue style of waltz, quickstep and foxtrot will break the hold, where as the English Sequence does not.
In most instances the social sequence ballroom dance music will start with a four bar introduction and be sequenced to end when the routine ends as opposed to ballroom which has no set start or finish to the music.