This category of dances are rarely found on the social dance floor in America. Not for the faint of heart, these challenging dances impress judges and audiences alike on the competition dance floor.
“The Romance Dance”
Bolero is a graceful, romantic dance. It is the slowest of the
latin dances, and is a sophisticated dance with an emphasis on
smoothness and communication between partners. The slow
music enhances a feeling of romance.
"The Energetic Dance"
Jive originated in the United States between the 1930's and 1940's. African Americans
designed this uninhibited and lively dance with variations of Swing, Jitterbug, Lindy Hop
and by Rock 'n' Roll. This dance is very upbeat and happy with a lot of lifting of the
knees, kicks and flicks but requires serious control of the body.
"The Spanish Dance"
Surprisingly the Paso Doble dates back to the French military march. Traditionally it
is danced to the dynamic music played at a Spanish bullfight. It is generally stylized
by recreating a bullfight with one dancer playing the role of the Matador and
another dancer playing the role of the Matador's Cape, Shadow or the Bull.
"The Light Hearted Dance"
Quickstep is a fast and powerful moving dance. It evolved from the
Slow Foxtrot and Charleston of the 1920's, and was designed to move
to the upbeat pace of the ragtime Jazz music era. This dynamic dance
covers a lot of dance floor space, all the while the dancer
looks smooth, glamorous and light on their feet.
“The South American Waltz”
Samba pulsates to a unique latin rhythm, but should be danced
smoothly giving the appearance of effortless movement. Originating
in Brazil in the 1930’s, the Samba was made popular in the U.S. by
movie star and singer Carmen Miranda in the early 1940’s.
“The Elegant Dance”
Viennese Waltz is an elegant and graceful dance. The
gliding, turning movements make the dancers seem to appear
as if they are skating. Viennese Waltz music has inspired
people to dance for generations.