Masquerade Ballroom Dancing Party
Masquerade party is a beautiful event where guests wear masks. Originally appeared in Italy, it became very popular in the 19th century. It played a great role in the social life, because it was a good excuse to conceal your identity, at the same time dance with anyone, meet new people and of course to have fun. This impact was especially important considering stricter rules of public behavior at that time. Ballroom dancing was the best activity that fit perfectly for the Masquerade. It allowed to have a private chat with your partner during the dance, show your dancing skills and enjoy the music.
Ballroom dancing conquered the major part of social life of that time and was the essential pass time during evenings, so it was obligatory to learn and master. Dance lessons were present at any tutoring, usually since childhood. The Waltz was most popular as a dance for couples. Apart from Waltz, group dances for several couples, specifically figure dances (called contredans) were also common. Such group dances allowed a large number of people (even amateurs) to dance easily together without collisions. May be it was a kind of team building - this is what we call it nowadays.
The Modern Masquerade Party
Today the Masquerade party has different variations. Sometimes it's called a fancy dress party (USA) or a costume party (Europe) or a cosplay (Japan). The main focus here is the dress: people wear a full set costumes to mimic a hero, movie or book character, or just to have a special look, e.g. "retro style" by wearing a dress from older epoch. The Japanese cosplay is a contraction of phrase "costume play" when people try to copy and dress like characters from anime (Japanese cartoons) or manga (Japanese comics). The main aim here is to achieve identical look with the original character. The most world-wide known masquerade events are:
Originated from Britain, is now celebrated all over the world. It is a holiday famous for its thematic parties that take place in dance halls, clubs and even restaurants. Such parties have a scary dress code: guests should wear evil costumes like vampires or ghosts. Our dance school organizes such party in Dubai (read more about Halloween Ballroom Dance Party 2015).
It’s celebrated in various countries, and it has different styles, from hot Brazilian (read more) to more modest European. This event’s format is a show with a carnival procession that is worth seeing as a guest, both for adults and children.
Various festivals dedicated to anime, manga and Japanese culture are held all over the world. "Middle East Film and Comic Con" is the one that takes place in Dubai, UAE. Originally being extremely popular among teenagers, such events gather more and more adults. There are different activities that make the whole convention spectacular and entertaining.
However, just wearing costumes can be boring. So, music and ballroom dancing comes into play again. The English Waltz or Viennese Waltz are the most suitable for this. The classic masterpiece music and elegant moves make this dance exquisite and charming. Our dance school offers various individual lessons for adults and kids. Our professional dance teachers and instructors can give you dance classes to learn the Waltz from the basic steps, or can improve your moves and overall performance if you already have some dance experience. Besides, we have special dance lessons that can help you to achieve synchronicity with your teammates if you do a group dance performance.
The Masks for Masquerade Ballroom Dancing
A mask is an essential fashion attribute of the masquerade party. Sometimes, a good mask defines how successful your overall appearance is. The major categories of masks are listed below.
These masks are usually the best choice for the masquerade ballroom party and fit for most modern evening dresses. The masks made of hard rigid material usually cover the face completely, fully hiding your identity.
Lace masks and semi-transparent (or semi-opaque) masks become popular nowadays. Such masks are always black and usually they go in tone with a dark colored dress.
Eye masks are the smallest of all. They cover only a small area near the eyes. Fabric is usually used in production of such masks, making them compact and easy to carry in a pocket or a satchel. Superheroes in movies and commix wear this type of mask, e.g. Zorro or Green Lantern.
Full Head Masks
Such masks are quite peculiar and can be used at Halloween parties only. They are made of latex and represent a head of some character (e.g. werewolf or a Darth Vader). Read more about Halloween attributes and costumes.
Face Art Masks
As tattoos and body art become more popular, some people prefer creating a special painted masks on their face. Such mask will definitely look unique, but still it’s something non-typical for ballroom dancing. We prepared best examples of scary makeups for Halloween here.
The Ballroom Dancing School in Dubai
If you want to try ballroom dancing, please, visit our dance studio in Dubai. We offer dance lessons for all major dances, including Waltz, Salsa, Tango, Merengue, Samba, Rumba, Jive, etc. Our dance teachers will give you theoretical and practical knowledge of how to dance. For those, who are interested in history, we can tell a story of each dance, how it appeared and evolved. Besides, we are glad to organize a masquerade ballroom dancing party in our dance studio that has the largest professional dance sprung floor in Dubai.
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- Female Dress Code for Ballroom Dancing
- Male Dress Code for Ballroom Dancing