There are a whole host of different dances out there, find the ones that you like. Learn them all and you can make up your own!
The Ballroom Dances are characterized by their continuous movement across the floor. Generally the more formal of the dances. A great way to develop your balance and control and work on your posture.
- Foxtrot is smooth and sophisticated, and is one of the most popular slow dances of all time. Singers such as Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Michael Buble provide the jazzy standards ideal for this dance.
- Waltz, scandalous when it first hit the scene of high society for being danced so close to your partner. Done to a three count, the Waltz is an elegant and graceful dance that will never go out of style. This traditional dance has continued to rise in popularity at weddings, anniversaries and graduations.
- Tango, this dramatic and passionate Argentinian dance has been popularized in many Hollywood movies. The Tango conjures up images of dancers with roses clenched between their teeth.
- Viennese Waltz, couples whirl around the floor; first one way, then another. Grand and majestic, this fast version of the waltz originated in Austria.
- Quickstep, this dance comes out of the Charleston and ragtime era. It’s a fun and energetic dance that is characterized by it’s fast footwork and movement around the floor.
The Latin/Swing Dances. These typically stay on the spot. They tend to have more rhythmical isolations of the body and are great for working on rhythm and coordination.
- Rumba is Cuban in origin. The dance performed in Ballrooms today bears little resemblance to it's predecessor being now more equated to a slow dance. It is often referred to as the "dance of love". Sultry and romantic, the music is a mix of African and Latin rhythms.
- Cha Cha Cha is an exciting syncopated Latin dance, fun and exuberant. The Cha-Cha can be danced to much of today’s up tempo popular music.
- Swing is a broad category that includes Jive, Jitterbug, Lindy Hop, and Shag, among others. Swing is fun, fast, and energetic, and has recently enjoyed a huge revival.
- Samba is from Brazil, this pulsating, gyrating, festive dance brings to mind pictures of the carnivals of Rio de Janeiro. Unlike the other Latin dances that are stationary, many Samba steps travel around the floor.
- Salsa is a hot, energetic Latin dance similar to the Mambo. Complete with spins, sharp movements, and sexy hip actions, it is very popular in Latin clubs along with the Merengue and Bachata. Styles may vary depending on the region.
We also offer instruction in Merengue, Bolero, Paso Doble, Hustle and West Coast Swing.