Exhibition ballroom dance remained popular in Britain and continental Europe throughout the 20th century, particularly in semi-invitational settings, such as resorts and hotels. Especially after the 1960s, ballroom dance gained a strong following in Asia. Popular interest and scholarly research, moreover, brought new appreciation to both ballroom and social dance as valuable reflections and embodiments of a community’s social values. Meanwhile, the regulations governing competitive ballroom dance became more exact as dance teachers switched their focus from inventing new dances to codifying existing ones. Those “official” versions of fox-trots, waltzes, and tangos—all with specified steps, postures, and head positions—have been maintained in European televised competitions and to some degree in Olympic figure skating (specifically in ice dancing).
Myself and my partner, both trained as classical ballet dancers, but transferred to Adagio as age and the shrinking job market required us to aquire new skills if we were to continue being creative. We still take regular ballet classes for flexibility, dexterity and quality of movement but supplement this with gym and circus training for strength and acrobatics. Currently, we are working in the Corporate and Cruise industries, but would be very interested in teaching and demonstrating all that we have learned through our careers in Adagio.
Exhibition dancing (called also Adagio/Cabaret) - combines the strength and agility of gymnastics with the aesthetic and fluidity of classical dance. Also known in the Ballroom world as 'Cabaret', with one of the most famous exponents in this discipline being the 'Savoys', who were World Champions.