When performed as a show or in dance competitions, the Paso Doble is a highlight due to its strong theatrical aspects: it is the danced interpretation of a Spanish bullfight, where the leader takes the role of the torero, while the follower might enact the cape, the shadow, or a mirror image of the torero, or sometimes a flamenco dancer. Beyond these dramatic aspects, which play a minor role in a social dance context, characteristic elements include the steady change between stationary elevated figures and extensive March-like movements.
The international style Samba is a couple-dance that was originally inspired by Afro-Brazilian music and dances and has developed into a dance style on its own. Characteristic elements include strong hip actions and a bouncing movement of the whole body. Due to its polyrhythmic music, the Samba is a very versatile dance consisting of not only one, but a variety of basic rhythmical patterns.
Slow foxtrot is a ballroom dance characterized by long, continuous flowing movements across the dance floor. Dancers concentrate on creating an image of a smooth, gliding motion around the dance floor. It is considered to be one of the hardest and most technical ballroom dances.