Its elegance and grace is a timeless classic. Perfect for your first dance as husband and wife or for that elegant black-tie affair you can’t go wrong learning this flowing movement. Characterized by sweeping turns and gliding movements, when you really learn how to Waltz you’ll feel as though you’re floating across any dance floor.
Its passion and excitement has most recently been captured in movies such as True Lies, Scent of a Woman and Shall We Dance? The Tango is known as one of the most powerful and dramatic dances, characterized by staccato movements, dips and gancho flicks. It’s commonly referred to as the “dancer’s dance” where the men get to be men and the women love it!
In 1913, Harry Fox, a vaudeville comedian, introduced a trot to a ragtime song that pushed other trots into the background. It became America’s most popular “get acquainted” dance and remains one of the standards of social dancing to this day.
The tempo of Quickstep dance is rather brisk as it was developed to ragtime era jazz music which is very fast paced compared to other dance music.
The Cha-Cha adds fun to your dancing through it’s syncopated steps and many open movements. The pulsating Latin rhythms make this dance so fascinating. The energetic rhythm of the Cha-Cha encourages you to cut loose and let your personality show.
The exciting music, the Samba pulsates to a unique Latin rhythm that make this dance irresistible. Samba improves the flexibility of the body and helps achieve easy movement, the rolling action teaches the body to supple.
This dance of love originated at the very beginning of the Cuban and Latin American dance crazes. The romantic music and movement was inspired by a fusion of African rhythms and Spanish melodies. Feel stiff or awkward on the dance floor? Not only is the Rumba easy to learn, it gets your body active and builds your dance confidence.
Swing is known as the most uniquely American of all the dances. Characterized by swing-outs, kicks, jumps, and spins, this buoyant Big Band dance is certainly contagious. Since the birth of “Swing” music in the mid 1930’s, the Swing dance craze, which is also known as Lindy, Jitterbug and East Coast has been an American icon. A fun and energetic dance that will for sure give you a good sweat.
The wild exciting music and rhythmical body movements make the early Mambo irresistible. The overall flavor of the dance is contained in the translation of the word Mambo which means “shake it” or “say it”. The mambo allows you to develop your own feeling and expressions and is a very popular dance at many night clubs.
Merengue is sure to get you feeling the motion right away on the dance floor. The beats get your hips moving in no time to any Latin rhythm.
The dance found its way into Argentina where it was re-created by the Gauchos in Buenos Aires. It was actually an attempt on their part to imitate the dance except that they danced it in a closed ballroom position. The Tango caused a sensation and was soon to be seen the world over in a more subdued version.
This fun, fast-paced Latin dance has been sweeping the nation for several years now! Travel to any city, in almost any country and you’ll see that a good Salsa club is never hard to find, and a good Salsa dancer is always in demand. Composed of quick foot switches and multiple spins and turns, this dance is a must have in your repertoire.
From Strauss Waltzes to music by contemporary artists, Viennese Waltz music has inspired people to dance for generations. Elegant, flowing dance to some of the most beautiful pieces of music.
West Coast Swing
West Coast Swing is a flirtatious dance that combines the mood of the blues with the spontaneity of swing In the 1940’s with the wild abandonment of the Jitterbug being banned from dance halls dueto too many injuries, Arthur Murray developed and documented several swing steps that he later called “Sophisticated Swing.“
The Bolero is a smooth, sophisticated, sentimental love dance. The slower music to which it is performed enchances a feeling of romance. It is the slowest of the Latin dances. It combines controlled movement with dramatic expression of the music.
The Hustle gives us the fusion of Swing and Disco. You will encounter the hustle at weddings and nightclubs. It is one of the easiest dances to learn. there are lots of turns and spins which make the hustle exciting and full of energy.
Bachata originates from the Dominican Republic and is a guitar based music which recently evolved from bolero. During much of its history Bachata music was denigrated by Dominican society and associated with rural backwardness and delinquency. This dance is often related as romantic, today bachata is as popular as salsa and merengue in Latin American dancehalls.