New Vogue vs Sequence Dance: Is there a difference? – by Cassie Tucker

Social Ballroom Dancing

New Vogue vs Sequence Dance: Is there a difference?


DK Instructor Cassie Tucker discusses New Vogue and Sequence Dancing.


You would have no doubt heard the term New Vogue mentioned at DK. On occasion, you may also have heard the term “Sequence Dance” used, maybe while searching for routines on the internet, talking with people from different studios or even heard the term used by guest teachers.

A sequence dance by definition is a scripted choreographed routine in which all dancers dance the same steps. Sequence dances can be based on any style of rhythm including but not limited to tango, rumba, samba, salsa, merengue, waltz, swing and gavotte. Even line dances such as the Nutbush or the Electric Slide are technically classified as sequence dances!

New Vogue is a style of partnered sequence dancing which emerged in Australia during the 1930’s. New Vogue is a bit more specific about the categories of dance it includes, namely Old Time Rhythms (saunter, schottishe, march), Modern Rhythms (tango, waltz, quickstep, foxtrot) and Latin American (rumba, cha cha, jive, samba). There are fifteen nationally recognised New Vogue dances used for competition, and it may surprise you to know New Vogue is only danced competitively and socially in Australia and New Zealand! To the rest of the world, these are simply sequence dances.

In short, either the term New Vogue or Sequence Dance is perfectly fine to use, however, more accurately you could say that all New Vogue dances are sequence dances, but not all sequence dances are New Vogue dances!