TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DANCES WE TEACH!
These, plus many others are included in our syllabus!
The Rumba is a soft and romantic Latin dance. It's Latin infused music breaks way to sensual movements through the body with emphasis on use of the hips and leg lines. The Rumba, also called the Latin Waltz, is one of the worlds most popular social and competitive dances and the basics are quite easy to learn. You'll be using this dance quite often in all social dance settings and is also a popular choice for your first dance as husband and wife.
This is a fun, flirty dance that grew out of the Cuban Mambo and became immensely popular in the United States in the 1950’s. It consists of triple chasse steps (cha cha cha’s) and rock steps.
Cha Cha has a modified Cuban Motion hip action, because of the speed. This is an exuberant dance that will get your heart pumping and put a smile on your face.
Swing music has an infectious accent on the upbeat and makes even non-dancers tap their feet, and snap their fingers. The most elemental definition of Swing dancing is any style of dancing to Swing music, and there are hundreds of styles. Swing dancing is usually characterized by its bounce and energy as well as lots of spins or under arm turns.
The original style of Swing dancing is the Lindy Hop.
Salsa is a distillation of many Latin and Afro-Caribbean dances. Each played a large part in its evolution. It is arguably the most popular modern Latin dance today.
Salsa is similar to Mambo in that both have a pattern of six steps danced over eight counts of music. The dances share many of the same moves. In Salsa, turns have become an important feature, so the overall look and feels are quite different.
One of the most distinguishing features of the Waltz is the 3/4 time signature that it is played in. This beautiful, soft dance is characterized mainly by the rise and fall body actions and the tempo can vary from a slow waltz to a fast waltz.
Today, the Waltz is most commonly danced in the Viennese, country or ballroom styles and is one of the worlds most popular social dances.
Foxtrot is danced to jazz or Big Band music, the same style of music that you would dance swing to. Speed is usually the deciding factor that makes a song better for Foxtrot (danced with a 4/4 rhythm and 110-150 beats/minute tempo) or for Swing (danced to 120-250 beats per minute), but you can usually dance a slow swing to any Foxtrot tune. In fact it is fun and not too difficult to go back and forth between Swing and Foxtrot in the same dance.
Mambo is similar to the Salsa in may ways. Two of the more obvious differences between these two Latin dances are the beats in which we step on and the speed of the music. Mambo tends to be danced to slower music with a start on the second beat, unlike Salsa which starts on the first beat and usually danced to a much faster rhythm.
Merengue is mainly a club dance set to fast Latin music. It is characterized by dramatically swinging hips and a closed hold position. The couple steps side to side in sets of 8 to 2/4 music, turning clockwise or counterclockwise and features a characteristic hip swing and graceful arm flourishes. The Merengue us a fun, energetic dance and is a good starting point for beginners.
The Hustle (Disco) was born in the Latin Clubs and Discos of the 1970’s. It has lots of open traveling movements, spins and syncopations and is danced to disco and house music with a pulsing beat. The Hustle is often peppered with showy moves that competitive dancers weaved into their repertoire throughout the late 1970’s and 1980’s and continues to evolve today.
The American tango is a descendant of the original tango from Argentina and is characterized by its staccato style movements (quick, abrupt, aggressive). This smooth dance is truly a dance of dancers and can be danced to a variety of different music.
West Coast Swing is a smooth and sexy modern dance style that is danced in a slot (a narrow line), making it perfect for a crowded dance floor. West Coast Swing is danced to a variety of music, including rock, blues, funk, country/western, disco and contemporary pop. West Coast Swing also stresses leader-follower connection and dancing in close harmony with the music.
This dance is a lot like the American style Waltz with fewer patters and a much faster tempo. Because of it's speed and technique, this dance is usually learned in the intermediate or advanced dance level.