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Tempo Indications and Beats Per Minute (BPM) Reference for Social Dance Genres

The following are suggested Beats Per Minute ranges for selected social / partner dances. Please note that there is a degree of subjective nature inherent in such a list.

*Please note the BPM used here refers to Beats Per Minute, not Beats Per Measure, as is common in certain domains.
BPM Tapping Calculator

Ballroom

Waltz
84 - 90
beats per minute
Vienesse Waltz
174 - 180
beats per minute
Foxtrot
112 - 120
beats per minute
Quickstep
200 - 208
beats per minute
Tango
62 - 66
beats per minute
Cha Cha Cha
120 - 128
beats per minute
Rumba
100 - 108
beats per minute
Samba
96 - 104
beats per minute
Jive
168 - 184
beats per minute
Paso Doble
120 - 124
beats per minute

Swing Dances

Lindy Hop
105 - 190
beats per minute
Charleston
200 - 290
beats per minute
Balboa
175 - 340
beats per minute
East Coast Swing or Jitterbug
120 - 250
beats per minute
Blues Dance
20 - 75
beats per minute

Tango

Tango (traditional)
80 - 160
beats per minute
Tango Nuevo
40 - 160
beats per minute
Milonga
150 - 240
beats per minute
Vals
150 - 240
beats per minute

Latin Dances

Salsa
180 - 300
beats per minute
Merenge
130 - 200
beats per minute
Bachata
90 - 200
beats per minute