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Dances

Listed below are the many different dances you will learn throughout the year!

 

International Ballroom

Waltz

Waltz is characterized as a progressive dance with smooth and graceful patterns. The dancers are often depicted as gliding across the dance floor. And while the tempo may be slower, the dancers make up for it with powerful and dynamic emotion.

Tango

Found in both social and competitive settings, this closed position dance became wildly popular throughout European culture. With dynamic style and artistic interpretation, any observer will  become captivated by the story the dancers unfold.

Viennese Waltz

This rotational dance inspired many other forms of waltz throughout Europe. While it's tempos is faster, than regular waltz, the closed position remains prominent. Consisting of mainly turns and pivots, this dance will leave dancers spinning across the dance floor.

Slow Foxtrot

Body contact is a MUST when it comes to this dance. The dancers use the slower rhythm to create an intricate image along the dance floor. While it can be considered the most difficult of this section, it can look elegant if executed well.

Quickstep

Being the odd-ball of the family, this International dance style is light-hearted, fast, and very fluid-like. Quickstep can be used in both formal and informal settings due to its upbeat melody. Because the dancers appear light on their feet, they elegantly and gracefully move around the dance floor.

 

International Latin

Cha Cha

Cha Cha is a fun and sassy Cuban dance that is paced at 4/4 time. While poise is an important factor, this dance is upbeat and will definitely put a smile on your face.

Samba

Samba is a very lively and rhythmic dance that started in Brazil. Its specific bouncing technique and hip action distinguishes it from other dances in its category.

Rumba

Being the slowest of the International Latin category, Rumba comes from a Cuban style of dance called bolero-son. Characterized by a prominent side-to-side hip motion and smaller concise steps, this dance will have you all over the dance floor.

Paso Doble

Meaning "double step" in Spanish, this strong and dramatic dance took much influence from the Flamenco dancers of Spain. Paso Doble is usually choreographed to music used during bull fights and is rarely danced socially. With sharp turns and quick movements, the dancers move around with a sense of arrogance and dignity.

Jive

With this dance being the fastest in its category, Jive is an animated dance with African American origins. It is a variation of the Jitterbug and has many steps similar to East Coast Swing. If you want to burn some calories, you'll definitely want to take this dance for a spin.

 

American Smooth

Waltz

This romantic style of dancing can be considered the "backbone" of ballroom, for it's the basis of many dances. In contrast to its International counterpart, this version of Waltz deals with multiple instances of breaking contact. Open position is the main form of this dance, which allows more movement from both dancers.

Tango

Brought to the United States from Argentina, Tango became popularized by Hollywood and mixed with social moves to become the dance it is today. It can be found in both social and competitive settings, and includes a closed position. However, unlike the International version, it allows the dancers to perform many open moves and breaks, providing more options for different combinations.

Viennese Waltz

Compared to its International counterpart, this style of dance has more freedom in both its position and performance. The Viennese Waltz is a rotary dance, meaning that the dancers are spinning the majority of the time. Because of this trait, it seems as if they are floating.

Foxtrot

While this dance may be filled with simple walking and side steps, there's a sense of beauty that takes place on the dance floor. Foxtrot usually includes the footwork timing "slow, quick, quick," or "slow, slow, quick, quick," which allows the dancers to combine many smooth transitions.

 

American Rhythm

Cha Cha

American Cha Cha, similar to the International style, is danced to Latin music and is characterized by its combination of triple steps (cha-cha-cha) and rock steps. Cuban hip movement and quick, technical footwork is emphasized in this style, along with a fun and playful flair.

Rumba

American Rumba is a non-progressive dance based on a slow-quick-quick footwork pattern and subtle hip motion. This style is danced to slow, Latin music and is often referred to as the “dance of love.”

East Coast Swing

East Coast Swing has its roots in Lindy Hop and is an energetic, lively dance style that contains the swing rhythm of two triple steps and a rock step. Characteristic features of this dance include a slight bounce, many rotational patterns, and swaying hip movements. East Coast Swing is commonly danced to big band swing music.

Bolero

Bolero is a slow, graceful, non-progressive dance style, with similar features to both Rumba and Waltz. This dance may be distinguished through its unique rise-and-fall motion, gliding footwork, and expressive styling. Slow ballads, from many genres of music, are commonly used for the Bolero.

Mambo

Mambo is a fast-paced dance, characterized by rhythmic body action, staccato footwork, and prominent hip motions. It originated in Cuba and has been influenced by several different forms of dance over time. This modern style, popularized in America, is often danced to Mambo music or other up-beat Latin music.

 

Social & Nightclub

East Coast Swing

East Coast Swing has its roots in Lindy Hop and is an energetic, lively dance style that contains the swing rhythm of two triple steps and a rock step. Characteristic features of this dance include a slight bounce, many rotational patterns, and swaying hip movements. East Coast Swing is commonly danced to big band swing music.

West Coast Swing

Originating from California, this style of swing resembles two elastic bands stretching from and toward each other. There is a basic set of moves to choose from, however this is one of the most versatile dances out there. West Coast Swing allows the dancers to tell a story through improvisation and tension.

Lindy Hop

Born in the streets of Harlem, New York City, Lindy Hop became the dance to know during the swing era of the late 1930s and early 1940s. In order to successfully partake in this dance, one must have a strong physical connection with their partner, for Lindy Hop is a very "counter balance" dance.

Salsa

When you think Latin dancing, Salsa is what should come to mind. This very enthusiastic dance is filled with a very fast tempo, a multitude of spins, and quick moves. If you want a dance that will get your heart pumping and your feet moving, this is the one you want.