Dances Offered… just to name a few


Foxtrot

Perfect for most wedding dances and for Frank Sinatra music! The Foxtrot was introduced in 1913 by a vaudeville performer named Harry Fox. It was the first dance to incorporate Slows and Quicks and is characterized by smooth walking movements. There are two main forms of foxtrot. One is small and designed for small crowded dance floors, and the other is designed to glide and progress on a large dance floor.


Waltz

One of the best known of all the Ballroom dances; a progressive dance using rise and fall and danced to 3/4 Time music. Two styles exist – American, which has a combination of open and closed position figures and International, which stays in closed position throughout.


Swing

East Coast Swing Swing dancing refers to an entire genre of dances that started in the 1920’s with the Lindy Hop and has stayed popular to the present time. Swing dances include Jitterbug, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, and the Carolina Shag.


Mambo & Salsa

Mambo is a Latin dance that originated in Cuba and is danced to moderately fast, highly syncopated music, and uses a lot of “Cuban Motion” (hip movement). Salsa is an exciting club Latin dance that is easy to learn and is a close relative of the Mambo.


Merengue

A Latin dance that originated in the Dominican Republic characterized by basic side steps and a steady beat. It is fun and very easy to learn!


Cha-Cha

An upbeat, energetic Latin dance which derived from a slowed-down version of the Mambo in the 1950’s. The name comes from the syncopated fourth beat of the bar where two half beat sounds occur that sound similar to the words "Cha Cha."


Viennese Waltz

Dance which originated in Vienna, Austria and is characterized by extremely fast ¾ time music consisting of Reverse and Natural Turns that make complete turns over six steps.


Samba

A Latin dance sometimes referred to as the “Brazilian Waltz”, and is characterized by a “bounce” action, is danced to a tempo of approximately 58 measures per minute and is danced to 2/4 time music.


Jive

The International Style of Swing. The dance came to England via the American soldiers during World War II. The basic action is a rock step followed by two triple steps and is done to very fast music.


Tango A dance that began in Buenos Aires and is characterize by stealthy cat-like movements. There are three types of Tango: Argentine, American, and International.


Rumba

A Latin dance characterized by Cuban motion done to romantic Latin songs and music. The American Style version of Rumba uses the box as its basic step, while the International Style version uses forward and back breaks and uses a different musical interpretation and hip action.


Quickstep

One of the five International Standard dances. It is characterized by walks and chasses and is danced to a very fast “foxtrot-like’ music.


Paso Doble

One of the five Latin dances of the International Style depicting a bull fight with the leader as the matador and the follower as the cape. The music has a strong marching beat.


Bolero

A slow Latin dance which originated as a form of Rumba, and which still shares many of the same figures. Bolero uses less Cuban motion than does Rumba and uses forward and backward breaks as part of its basic rather than the Rumba box.

The Dances

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