Folk dances with ballroom dance and latin dance (modern old time dance)

Sailor folk dances

Introduction: literature and video

Folk dances with basic steps from ballroom dance and latin dance:

tango, quickstep, foxtrot, rumba, cha-cha, samba, jive, mambo, salsa, charleston

Dances - Contents


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Sailor folk dance: Video/DVD and books



By each description of a dance I have referred to a video/DVD with dance instructions in the described basic steps and dance figures. Among sometimes somewhat different ways of dancing a dance I have selected the instruction I found most simple and suited for traditional Danish conditions, where common people dance for pleasure. I prefer videos for books, and I hope that the 26 dances here some day can be shown on the web as videos.


Books can in Denmark be borrowed from any library through ones own local library. This is not the case with videos. So I had to find the videos in different libraries. Copenhagen Main Library is a good library for these videos, and you can borrow them there (on the spot) without you need to be a resident in Copenhagen.






Søs & Mikey Freddie-Pedersen: Flyt sofaen og dans med 1-4. 4 videoes with 10 different dances.


Marianne Eihilt & Erik Peitersen: Vild med dans. DVD. The 5 ballroom and 5 latin dances.


Soffie & Jesper Dalsgaard: Vild med dans. Book + DVD. The 5 ballroom and 5 latin dances.


Gigi Fredie-Pedersen & Blaz Bezek: Lær at danse salsa. Video.


Jens Verner: Danseskolen. Different videoes with different dances.





David Syncamore & Denise Weavers: Latin american dancing for beginners. Video. The 5 latin dances.

Good instructions in clear understandable English, without and with music. (Very good video).


Simon & Heidi Cruwys: Discover dance. 2 DVD-er: Ballroom, Latin.


Ian & Ruth Walker on Instep dance video: many dances for beginners as well as advanced. (Good instructions).

I have seen:

Tango, Social foxtrot, Cha-cha-cha, Samba, Rock jive.

There are at least 16 good dance instruction videos, according to the advertisement (1 hour videos).

(They could though maybe be compressed to one 4 hours video, by omitting repetitions).


Michael & Vicky Barr: Ballroom Dancing for beginners. Video.


Louise Thwaite & Catrine Ljunggren: The Charleston. Video.


Alonzo: Learn to dance salsa and merengue. Video.





Kyle & Susan Webb: Ballroom: waltz, rumba, cha-cha. DVD.


Nancy Hays: Latin dance: salsa, cha-cha, rumba, tango. DVD.


Vicki Regan & Ron de Vito: You can dance foxtrot, 1989 (DVD Kbh. Bib.)








Carl Carlsen: Dansebogen, 1948 (Holte Bib):

Stig Sjöberg: dans, 1966 (dansk) (Holte Bib):


Walter Laird: Ballroom dans, 1995 (Holte Bib).

Tranlated from English: The ballroom dance pack, 1994

Standard Waltz, quickstep, tango, cha cha cha, samba, rumba.


Kaj Bertelsen: Elementær  musiklære  for rytmisk harmonika, 1992 (Lyngby Bib).


Ib Buchholtz Hansen: Rytmisk brugsklaver, 1978 (Holte Bib).





Holger Rosenquist: Dansstegen, 1966, svensk (Holte Bib):

Waltz (standard and viennese), foxtrot, slowfox, tango, rumba, samba, mambo, cha-cha, rock, jive, polka, schottis, hambo.


Holger Rosenquist: Dansstegen i modern sällskapsdans, 1983, svensk (Kbh Bib):




Paul Botomer: Step by step how to dance, 2002 (Holte Bib).

Tango, merengue, salsa, lambada, samba reggae, line dancing, mambo, rumba cha cha cha, paso doble, samba, jive, social foxtrot, waltz, quickstep, modern tango, slow foxtrot, viennese waltz.


Paul Bottomer: more books: (partly included in above Step by step) e.g. Rock'n'Roll, 1996; Tango Argentino, 1996; Salsa, 1996; Samba, 1997; quickstep 1997; etc.


Alex Moore: Ballroom dancing, 10 edition 2002 (1 edition 1936) (classical in UK) (Holte Bib)


Ken Akrill: The social dance survial guide, 1998 (Lyngby Bib).

Waltz, quick waltz (viennese), social foxtrot (slow), social foxtrot (quick), tango, merengue, cha cha cha, salsa, mambo, rumba, samba, Night club swing, disco dances in lines, the slosh, the macarena.





Krombholz & Haase-Türk: Richtig Tanzen Standardtänze, 2002 (Holte Bib).

Langsamer Walzer, Wiener Walzer, Tango, Foxtrott/Quickstep, Slowfox.