Ballroom vs. breakdance: class vs. sass. While you can find lessons for both on Vimbly, if you’re like us, you’ve been itching to figure out which makes you cooler is more fun… and what better way to find out than asking a bunch of New Yorkers??

It’s your best friend’s wedding and the after-dinner dancing is next on the menu. Would you rather be the best ballroom dancer in the room or the most impressive breakdancer?

Turns out 68% of women chose ballroom dancing. Men were a bit less insistent on keeping it classy — two out of every five opted to be the most impressive breakdancer. (Sample size of nearly 100 men and women living in New York, ages 18-44.)

We know it’s one of life’s tougher choices, so here’s Vimbly’s guide to making a smart, well-informed decision between the two.

 

Ballroom

Breakdance

Where do you do it?

In a ballroom. If the floors aren’t marble, you’ve been fooled—get out!

On the streets. Does the pavement hurt your back? Tough.

With whom do you do it?

If you like dancing with a partner, ballroom is for you. Bonus points if your partner has a British accent.

Are you independent? Don’t need anyone to hold your hand? You’ll make a great breakdancer— the only people involved are the ones shouting at you from the mob by which you are surrounded.

What do you wear?

Your attire is of the utmost importance: A man should sport his finest tuxedo, and a woman should wear an elegant gown.

Slick pair of Nikes, wife-beater, and sweats.

What music do you dance to?

A live orchestra that plays Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin—you know, anything you can lift your nose to.

Anything with a beat and words you can’t understand.

Why are you dancing like this?

You enjoy the finer things in life.

You’re one cool cat.

Okay, okay. This is all stereotypical and untrue. Let’s set things straight:

 

Ballroom

Breakdance

Where do you do it?

Most likely in a studio if you’re not showcasing your talent!

Most likely in a studio if you’re not showcasing your talent!

With whom do you do it?

Your significant other or a friend! Or maybe with the people who are in your class.

This is a solo dance, but you’ll enjoy the company of the friends you make while you practice!

What do you wear?

Something comfortable. Men might wear a nice pair of slacks, women might wear a flowing dress with low heels (the height of the heel is generally proportional to experience!).

Something comfortable and a pair of sneakers (not your nicest pair, you’ll ruin them!).

What music do you dance to?

Depends on the dance! If you want to Fox Trot, maybe “All That Jazz,” famous from Chicago. If you want to Rumba, maybe “The Girl from Ipanema.” There are so many choices; you’re bound to find something you like.

Hip Hop, Funk, Techno—anything that gets you moving!

Why are you dancing like this?

You’re outgoing and you like to dance.

You’re outgoing and you like to dance.

Hopefully this quick guide sets the record straight. Regardless which of the two you prefer, you can find and book lessons for either one on Vimbly!