Dance styles

Cha cha:

This is a fun, lively, flirty, cheeky and playful dance that grew out of the Cuban Mambo. It consists of triple chasse steps (cha cha cha’s) and rock steps. This is an exuberant dance that will get your heart pumping and put a smile on your face.

Samba:

The national dance of Brazil, celebrated every year. The samba is a fun, upbeat, lively dance that progresses counter-clockwise around the floor. It is characterized by its syncopated timing, bounce, rolling hip action and pelvic tilt - a great deal of rhythm is expressed throughout the torso.

Rumba:

Universally recognized as the dance of love, distinguished by it’s romantic feel. It is danced to slow, sensual music with a Latin beat, featuring a hip action known as the “Cuban Motion.” Rumba is derived from the Afro-Caribbean dance “Son” and has been popular in this country as a ballroom dance since the 1930’s.

Paso Doble:

Paso Doble is a stirring, dramatic, powerful dance based on a Spanish bull fight. The leader in this dance represents the Matador and the lady symbolizes his red cape.

Jive:

The faster version of the swing. It’s a very boppy dance where dancers use very bouncy movements. It’s one of the most energetic out of all the dances. Jive evolved in the early 1940s from a dance called Jitterbug, a form of Swing dance. It shares many figures with Swing, such as underarm turns and swivels. The great thing about it is that it can be danced to all sorts of music – old, new, Swing, Rock’n’Roll... Jive is a fun dance and certainly one of the most fantastic ways to get (or stay) in shape, so grab your dancing shoes and get jiving!

Waltz:

The name Waltz came from the Italian word “volver” meaning to turn or revolve. It evolved from a German and Austrian peasant dance called the Landler in ¾ time, eventually replacing the heavy hopping and jumping movements with more polished and graceful gliding. It was also the first widely popular dance to feature a closed position. Waltz is characterized by rise and fall, and by sway on the side steps. The feet remain in contact with the floor at all times, creating a smooth, gliding look.

Tango:

The Tango is characterized by a close hold, a low center of gravity and an emphasis on Contra Body movement. Movement is stealthy, almost cat-like and has an unmistakable staccato feel and major dramatic attitude. A very passionate dance, very similar story to the Rumba.

Viennese Waltz:

Waltz began to appear on the operatic stages of Vienna in 1787. As the popularity of the Waltz increased in Vienna, so did its tempo. Sometime in the early 1800’s, Austrian composers such as Johann Strauss and Franz Lanner increased the number of measures per minute in their Waltzes.

Foxtrot:

The Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers of dances. Foxtrot has smooth gliding steps with a heel lead, controlled movement and an easygoing look.

Quickstep:

A fast, light, and elegant dance in which the partners fly around the dance floor with a series of kicks, skips, jumps, and runs.