A Latin style dance that originated in Argentina and was adapted for American style Ballroom dancing. It is characterized by its provocative figures, catlike walking action, and staccatto (sharp) head movements.
The Argentine style of Tango, which is usually danced in a close embrace, is characterized by grapevines, figure eights, and other interesting and complex leg and foot movements. The Argentine style does not travel as much as the American style and thus is better suited for nightclub dancing.
The Bachata is sometimes referred to as the “blues music of the Dominican Republic.” Its music is usually romantic and grew out of the Bolero, but with time, became influenced by Merengue. The basic footwork pattern is three steps in one direction and then a hip motion. Then repeat other side. As with other Latin dances, the character of the dance is achieved through sensual hip and body movements.
The most popular ballroom dance in the world. Waltz has a slow easy-to-hear 1-2-3, 1-2-3 rhythm (3/4 time) and can be danced to music found in nearly all music genres, including rock, country, pop, and classical.
Like Swing dance, Blues dance originated and evolved from African rhythms and movements. It is characterized by creativity, improvisation, and a strong connection between lead and follow. The goal of which is to allow the dancers to express the emotion and feeling of the music being played.
A slow Latin dance which originated as one of two forms of Rumba (Bolero Rumba and Son Rumba), and still shares many of the same figures. Bolero differs from Rumba in its tempo and style of music and movement.
An exciting, syncopated Latin dance which originated in the 1950’s as a slowed-down Mambo. The Cha Cha gets its name and character from its distinct repetitive foot rhythm (cha cha cha).
Country Western Waltz
Country Western Waltz evolved from Ballroom Waltz and is danced very smoothly and more progressively down the line of dance.
East Coast Swing
A triple-step Swing derived from Lindy Hop and Jitterbug, making use of refined (American Style) ballroom technique that is typically danced to jump blues or to country swing songs.
Foxtrot is a smooth dance introduced in 1913 by Harry Fox. It is characterized by smooth, walking-style movements and can be adapted to fit a variety of musical tempi and style, or to fit onto small, crowded nightclub dance floors.
Freestyle usually does not involve the dancing of pre-conceived steps, figures or choreography. It is solo (non-partner) style dancing that can include a variety of steps taken from other styles of partner dancing and incorporated with body and hip isolations to create a more free-form movement.
Hustle is a fast but smooth-moving dance which originated in the nightclubs during the 1970’s disco era, as a modified version of swing. Hustle is the perfect dance for dance-beat, nightclub music including everything from pop to rap and hip hop.
Lindy Hop, named after Charles Lindberg’s hop over the Atlantic, is the father of all modern swing dances. It is characterized by self expression and improvisation combined with high energy grounded movements.
Line dancing is a dance in which individuals line up without partners and follow a choreographed pattern of steps to music. A fun alternative to partner dancing, this class teaches new dances each week, so you may drop in as you like.
An energetic Latin-style marching dance with Cuban hip motion that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is now a subset of the modern club-style Salsa dances.
A slow, romantic social dance, similar in movement to the Bossa Nova, first introduced in the 80’s and popular amongst the West Coast Swing crowd. It is mostly danced to slow love songs and ballads.
This fast and lively dance is of Polish origin, but is now very popular in the Country Western clubs. It is characterized by triple steps.
A light, bright, twinkling, happy dance with tricky footwork. It is a combination of the Foxtrot and the Charleston and includes hops, runs, syncopated steps, lots of momentum and rotation. Dance patterns are similar to the Waltz, but danced in a 4/4 timing instead of 3/4 timing.
Rumba is a slow to medium tempo Latin American dance which is characterized by sensual, provocative movements and gestures, Cuban hip motion, and playful and flirtatious interplay between the man and lady.
A popular Latin nightclub dance which evolved as a modified form of Mambo. Salsa displays a lot of shakin’, shimmying, and hip action.
A popular Latin nightclub dance where the movements emphasize the second beat in the measure, rather than the 1st beat, suggestive of the Clave rhythm which is fundamental to Salsa music.
Salsa freestyle dancing, where dancers stand apart facing each other and improvise with various footwork and styling while interpreting the music.
A fun, rhythmical Brazilian dance which has been adapted for modern Ballroom dancing. Samba is noted for its distinct style of movement, which incorporates both Latin hip motion and the signature “Samba Bounce”.
A style of Swing (also known as Jitterbug) danced in single-rhythm, to very fast big band jazz music of the thirties, forties and fifties.
Triple Two Step
A very popular Country Western dance that incorporates triple steps and walking steps and includes variations of Swing and Two Step into its smooth peppy movement.
(Texas) Two Step
The most popular style of Country Western dancing. It is characterized by multiple underarm turns executed while swiftly traveling along the line of dance.
This dance was born in the suburbs of Vienna and in the alpine region of Austria in the 1700’s. Like the slow waltz, it uses ¾ time music, but the tempo is much faster. It is great for fast ballroom Waltz music or fast Country Waltz music.
West Coast Swing
A cool, sexy, slotted swing dance that spotlights the lady and is characterized by its smooth and linear style. This dance is perfect for nightclubs because it can be danced to many styles of music including pop, rap, blues, big band, disco, country and dance-beat techno.