Music

What is strict tempo?

Every dance feels its best at a certain speed of music. This is 'strict tempo.' Despite the word 'strict' the tempo can vary by 1 or 2 measures per minute. Here are the most common tempos, in measures per minute, for the different dances.

International Style
Foxtrot: 28 - 30
Waltz: 28 - 30
Tango: 32
Quickstep.: 50-52
Viennese Waltz: 56-58
Cha Cha Cha: 31
Samba: 48-50
Rumba: 26
Jive: 44
Paso Doble: 60-62

American Style
Foxtrot: 30-32
Waltz: 28-30
Tango: 30
Peabody: 60-62
Viennese Waltz: 54
Bolero: 24
Cha Cha: 30
Mambo: 48-50
Merengue: 29-32
Paso Doble: 58-60
Rumba: 32
Samba: 52
Swing: 36
West Coast Swing: 28-32
Polka: 60-62
Hustle: 28-30