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Rhythm and Latin Dances


We primarily teach American style dances as those are more commonly used on the social dance floor. However, we also teach International styles, which are more often used only 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 Latin Fun Dance”

The pulsating latin rhythms of Cha Cha will encourage you to cut

loose and let your personality show.  The rhythm demands sitters

to become dancers.  Cha Cha is the most popular latin dance in

the U.S.  It became the rage in the 1950’s as a variation of the Mambo.




“The American Fun Dance”

East Coast Swing has a carefree relaxed style that is exciting and

contagious to most everyone.  In the 1930’s Lindy climbed the

social ladder with the birth of “Swing” music.  This uniquely

American dance swept the nation with Lindy, Jitterbug and Swing.




“The Disco Dance”

In the 1970’s, Disco and the Hustle, popularized by John Travolta in

the movie “Saturday Night Fever” swept the country like wild-fire.

The combination of swing and disco in this dance, along with popular

modern music and retro disco beats, keeps this dance fresh and exciting.




"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 Wild Dance”

Mambo is a wild and exciting dance, fun to watch and fun to learn,

as it brings out the “wild” in you.  Americans became fascinated

with Latin American music in the 1940’s.  With its rhythmical body

movements, Mambo creates an exciting challenge for all dancers.




“The Party Dance”

Merengue is a fun and easy dance for everyone to learn.  Some say

it was created by African slaves in the Dominican Republic.  Some

say an old crippled war hero, General Maringie, created this dance

by dancing with a dragging and injured leg.  The music is intoxicating.




"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 Dating Dance”

Rumba will help to sharpen your sense of rhythm, timing,

and muscular control.  This neat, attractive dance and it’s precise

footwork were inspired by African rhythms and Spanish melodies.

Rumba was the basis for Cha Cha and Mambo in the United States.




“Hot and Steamy”

The Salsa is a combination of Mambo and Merengue.  It is very

popular today all over the world.  The Salsa is a dance that

allows you to be hot and steamy with your moves.  It will get

you to let go of your inhibitions and let your hair down.




“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 Romantic Social Dance”

Slow Night Club was invented in the early 1990’s for a new tempo in music

introduced by the theme song Titanic and others like it. As an alternative

to "slow dancing," this smooth and graceful dance was designed for night clubs

and is now popular among Country and Ballroom competitions.




“The Great Grand Daughter of all Swing”

West Coast Swing has become the rage of Ballroom and

Country dancing throughout the United States. This dance gains in popularity

due to its uniquely customizable nature. You can dance West Coast Swing

to so many styles of music and can be danced ever so slowly all the way to

unbelievably fast. You choose your speed and your style whether it be

slinky and sexy, cute and fun or dynamic and sharp.

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