(Closed) Are ball gowns hard to dance in?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
11110 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Love1313:  Think you’ll be OK, people will be more aware of your dress than you will. Your feet and legs will have lots of room in a ball gown.

Post # 4
433 posts
Helper bee


I’d say that it depends. My husband and I are dancers, and we attend approximately eight balls per year. A train is a serious hazard on any dance floor, as are dresses that are too long. Most dancing has rising and falling movements where a big, long dress will become even longer and seemingly bigger if the hemline rests on the floor. I have several ball gowns (floor length with layers of netting and fabric), and certain dances are very easy to do in a ball gown. Viennese waltz is superfast, but doesn’t rise and fall much, hence it is no problem. The same is true for polka. Argentine tango is impossible to do in a ball gown. Your heels will become entangled in the fabric, and you’ll hit the floor. Slow waltz is possible, foxtrot, cha cha rumba, salsa, samba, mambo, merengue are all possible, too. Jive or swing can be done, but you need room, and should leave out the fancy footwork. Blues and hustle are easy to do. 

It is a matter of practice, but ladies in Vienna and other cities that still feature elegant balls manage it all the time.

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