Dances You Can Learn
These are popular dance style with people of all ages. The steps are easy to learn, fun to do and will take you from a beginning dancer to a comfortable, graceful dancer with complete confidence on the dance floor.
Classes will explore the technique and variations of international ballroom dances: Waltz, Tango, Slow Foxtrot, Quickstep and Viennese Waltz, elegant and stylish - dancing at its best.
Waltz is a smooth progressive dance characterized by long, flowing movements, continuous turns, and rise & fall. Graceful and elegant, Waltz dancers glide around the floor almost effortlessly.
A beautiful, romantic dance, the Foxtrot is composed of fairly simple walking steps and side steps. The dance combines slow steps, which use two beats of music, and quick steps, which use one beat of music. The footwork timing is usually "slow, quick, quick" or "slow, slow, quick, quick." The Foxtrot must be danced very smoothly.
When the Europeans adopted the Tango a very powerful dance was the result, with big movements, dramatic gestures, and quick snaps of the head from one position to another.
The Viennese Waltz is the classic, original Waltz often featured in old films. A waltzing couple rotates around the floor, revolving gracefully around each other. The Viennese Waltz is a quick, rotating dance, much faster-paced than the classic, slow Waltz.
A simplified social version is a beautiful, non-strenuous dance that dancers of all abilities can enjoy.
Elegant, smooth and glamorous, Quickstep dancers are energetic while appearing extremely light on their feet. It should appear that the feet of the dancers barely touch the ground.
Many popular dances originated in Latin America, and so are referred to as Latin dances. Known for its sensual hip action and sexy flair, Latin dance is gaining popularity on dance floors everywhere. Learning Latin dances is fairly easy, as most of the dances are made up of the same basic footsteps.
Classes will explore the technique and variations of five Latin dances:
Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Jive and Salsa.
The Rumba is a very slow, serious, romantic dance with flirtation between the partners. The Rumba spotlights the lady's rhythmic body movements and hip actions resulting in intense, almost steamy, scenes of passion
Cha Cha Cha
The Cha Cha is a vibrant, flamboyant and playful dance. The Cha Cha requires small steps and lots of hip motion (Cuban motion), as it is danced in 4/4 time. Lively and flirtatious, the Cha Cha is full of passion and energy.
Developed in Brazil during the 19th century, the Samba is considered the dance of celebration and joy. The main characteristics of the Samba are rapid steps taken on quarter beats and a rocking, swaying motion of the dancers.
Salsa means sauce in Spanish and in this case the sauce can be hot and spicy! As with many dances, the creation of the dance followed the creation of the music - a music that grew out of Mambo and Cuban Son roots. One of the basic steps in Salsa dancing is the Mambo basic. Salsa is danced as a club dance, it is far less formal than ballroom dance and open to innovation.
Merengue is sometimes called the national dance of the Dominican Republic. Merengue was also influenced by the Cuban music and dance called Upa Habanera. The origins of the dance are surrounded by folklore. One of the basic steps is a series to side steps to the man's left called the chasse or chase.
Bachata is a dance from the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean islands. Both the music and the dance have been influenced by Cuban Bolero, the Merengue, Salsa and Cumbia. As with Salsa, the step timing is three steps and then a one-beat pause. Nightclub dancers add a lift or hip motion on the tap/touch step.
Swing dance is a lively style of social dancing in which a dancer often lifts, spins and flips his or her partner. Considered both hip and cool, swing dancing is a favorite among social dancers of all ages. Because it is a non-progressive dance style because it is mostly performed in one spot, it is a popular dance for a crowded dance floor. Swing is a quick, fast-paced dance
Argentine Tango is a partner dance that developed over the last century in Argentina's capital city, Buenos Aires. It is very different from the Tango in International and American ballroom dancing. Argentine Tango is an interpretive, improvisational social dance that allows the dancers to develop a deep connection between themselves, the music, and the environment in which they are dancing