Dance Styles

Dance Styles

“SMOOTH”

Waltz

Let yourself be swept away by the high romance and graceful elegance of the Slow Waltz. One of the oldest and most traditional dances, Waltz gives you a great feeling of sweeping and swaying across the dance floor with grace and poise, and confidence.

Foxtrot

Foxtrot combines old-world romance, big band sounds, and a butter-smooth style. When you get used to the easy, walking rhythm of the Foxtrot, you’ll feel like you don’t have a care in the world. Foxtrot is a jazzy dance characterized by long, continuous flowing movements across the dance floor. The Foxtrot builds a good foundation for the Smooth dances.

 

Tango

American style tango is very dramatic. Tango walks have a “stalking” or “sneaking” character. Movements are sometimes slow, and other times sharp and staccato. Tango has the same counter-clockwise flow of movement around the dance floor, but with a lesser sense of urgency in comparison to the smoother and more continuous ballroom dances.

Viennese Waltz

The Viennese Waltz is a quick, rotating dance, much faster-paced than the classic, slow Waltz.

The Viennese Waltz is characterized by sweeping turns that move gracefully around the floor. This dance is known for its simple and elegant rotational movement. Since the Viennese Waltz is more difficult, is recommended after mastering the regular Waltz.

 

“RHYTHM”

Cha Cha

The Cha Cha is a flirtatious, fun, and saucy dance. Cha Cha has a very recognizable beat, and can be danced to many Top 40 songs and favorites including “Smooth” and “Sway.”

Rumba

Rumba is a slow, sultry Latin dance. The interaction, emotion and the soft rhythm between the partners earned the dance the title “Dance of Love.” Rumba is the smoother, sophisticated cousin of Salsa, Cha Cha and Mambo. A tremendous number of contemporary pop and Latin tunes are actually Rumbas, so Rumba is a very useful dance, overflowing with spins, wraps, and heat.

Swing

Born in Harlem in the 1920’s, the swing has grown to become one of the most popular dances, with numerous regional variations like East Coast, West Coast and Jive to name a few. In general, Swing is characterized by a hip swing, a fun, easygoing outlook, and smooth, earthy movements with lots of rotation. This dance is also commonly played and danced at clubs.

Mambo/Salsa

Mambo and Salsa are exciting, sexy and fun. Heat it up with these popular and energetic Latin dances. They are easy to learn, and the basic step will get you out on the dance floor in no time!

Bolero

The Bolero is often called the Cuban “Dance of Love”, because of its slow and dreamy tempo, and its beautiful melodies. Bolero combines the rhythmic stretch of Rumba, the rise and fall “feel” of the Waltz and sophisticated shaping of the Tango… all in one sensual dance you’ll love!

Merengue

Merengue is a style of Dominican music and dance. Partners may walk sideways or circle each other in small steps. They can switch to an open position and do separate turns without letting go each other’s hands or releasing one hand. During these turns they may twist and tie their hand hold into intricate pretzels.

Samba

Samba is a Brazilian dance and musical genre originating in Bahia and with its roots in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro) and Africa via the West African slave trade and African religious traditions. It is recognized around the world as a symbol of Brazil and the Brazilian Carnival.