BALLROOM DANCES



Bolero

A slow, beautiful, expressive dance that is somewhat of a hybrid Latin dance with Rumba origins it differs in its tempo and style of music and movement. Bolero is the slowest of all the American Style Rhythm dances.

Cha Cha


A fun, flirty dance that has a modified Cuban Motion hip action. Itgrew 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. The speed of this exuberant dance will get your heart pumping and put a smile on your face.

Foxtrot


Foxtrot is now comprised of soft and fluid linear movements, and at the higher levels, is one of the most difficult dances to master. Foxtrot and Waltz share many of the same moves, with timing and style differences. Think Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

Jive


Jive is danced to fast-paced swing music and is a very high-energy, happy and boppy dance, with the lifting of knees and the bending or rocking of the hips. Jive is similar to a triple-step East Coast Swing, however it is much faster, and arguably more elegant.

Mambo


Mambo is a fast and spicy dance characterized by strong Cuban motion, staccato movement and expression of rhythm through the body. Mambo foot patterns and breaks are essentially the same as in both the International rumba and the street Salsa. Mambo is danced to syncopated Latin music in 4/4 time and a rapid tempo.

Paso Doble


A stirring and dramatic dance based on a Spanish bullfight. The leader in this dance represents the Matador and the lady symbolizes his red cape. The dance features beautiful body shapes and sharp, flamenco-like footwork.

Quickstep


Get those feet moving! This is a very quick and lively dance, comprised of running steps, hops, skips and kicks. The music is a very fast tempo in 4/4 time.

Rumba


The dance of love! It is danced to slow, sensual music with a Latin beat and features a hip action known as “Cuban Motion.” Rumba is danced with a count of slow-quick-quick.

Samba


The national dance of Brazil began as an individual dance but now may be danced in a closed Latin hold or separate to dance variant steps. The biggest difference in this Latin dance is that it moves Line of Dance (CounterClockwise) around the dance floor opposed to in one area.

Swing


Typically known as the East Coast Swing, is an energetic, fast dance, done usually with triple steps and rock steps to Big Band or contemporary music that ‘swings.’

Tango


Oh what a fiery and dramatic dance it evolved as a ballroom dance from the sultry Argentine Tango danced by gauchos and prostitutes in the brothels of Buenos Aires. American Style Tango features sharp movements, head snaps, and a cat-like and stealthy foot action. The music is in 4/4 time and has a marching rhythm.

Viennese Waltz


Recognized by the swift right and left turns, with occasional hesitations to change direction, or to allow dancers to strike a pose or catch their breath. This is the oldest of the ballroom dances and one of the most challenging dances to master. Don’t let that deter you it is also one of the most exhilarating to dance! Viennese Waltz is danced to 3/4 time music with a fast tempo.

Waltz


While it still contains the lilting sway of the Viennese it has a more varied set of steps performed at a slower tempo.

American Style


An open and flowing style that is sometimes danced apart from the partner with underarm turns and side by side position.

International Style


Contains different dance patterns and never releases the partner to an apart position as the American Style does.

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