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Dances We Teach

International Latin

A romantic dance that originated in Cuba and became widely popular in the ballroom dance world. The international style Rumba has a slightly different rhythm than that of the original.

Cha Cha Cha
A modern ballroom dance. It gets its name from the sound of shuffling feet on the floor. Its emphasis is on the quick hip movements and fast tempo that gives it a unique style of dance. It has grown to become one of the most popular international style dances and has become a very powerful dance on the floor.

A dance that originated in Brazil and has found its place in international style latin. It is very different and unique to other dances in that it has a natural bounce to it that comes from within. Its emphasis is a very different rhythm and timing than other dances.

Paso Doble
Paso Doble means double step and has a march-like style. It originated in France but is modeled after the drama of a bullfight. In the dance, the female partner represents the red cape. The character of this dance is very energetic and dominating.

In Ballroom dancing, Jive is a dance style in 4/4 time that originated in the United States from African-Americans in the early 1940s. It is a lively and uninhibited variation of the Jitterbug, a form of Swing dance.

International Standard (Ballroom)

Slow Foxtrot
A smooth progressive dance characterized by long continous flowing movements.

Slow Waltz is also a progressive dance characterized by long continous flowing movements.

The English adopted it and made it their own. It is a very powerful dance with big movements and dramatic and quick head turns.

Viennese Waltz
A rotary dance that is constantly turning towards the right (natural) or to the left (reverse). It has non-rotating change steps to switch between the direction of the rotation.

Quick Step
A dynamic dance with runs, hops and rotations. It is danced very briskly with a lot of momentum. It is very energetic and form-intensive, dancers are very light on their feet.

American Smooth (Ballroom)

The North American version of the English Waltz that is very popular in the United States.

Foxtrot uses the slow quick quick timing at a faster pace.

Tango allows the dancers to separate from each other to execute open moves such as side by side choreography and alternate hand holds.

Viennese Waltz
Viennese waltz has much more freedom of movement than its International counterpart. The dance positions and syllabus are very flamboyant.

Peabody is a foxtrot type of ballroom dance originating in the United States. It is a one step dance using lively music.

American Rhythm

Rumba is faster than the International style rumba and the figures are vastly different.

Cha Cha Cha
Cha cha uses a natural foot and soft knee movement to create the hip drop associated with Cuban motion.

Bolero is a very slow dance. It is swooping and graceful.

Mambo originated in Cuba. Its break and emphasis is on 2 and 4 in 4/4 time. It is a precise dance with very little movement.

Samba has simpler figures than the International samba but uses the same music and techniques.

Club Style Latin

Salsa is a syncretic dance genre from Cuba, as the meeting point of European and African popular culture

An energetic Latin-style march which originated in the Dominican Republic, which emphasizes a straight-ahead 8-count rhythm taken with Cuban Motion. Merengue is now also a subset of the modern club-style Salsa dance

Sometimes referred to as the “blues music of the Dominican Republic” this Latin dance was developed there, borrowing from the Cuban bolero.

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