Latin/Rhythm Dances

  •   Rumba
  •   Cha Cha
  •   Swing
  •   Merengue
  •   Hustle
  •   Samba
  •   Mambo
  •   Salsa
  •   Paso Doble

Latin/Rhythm  Dances

Rumba - The Rumba is the most cummon dance everywhere and provides interesting variety suited to a limited space.

Cha Cha  - The Cha-Cha adds fun to your dancing through it's syncopated steps, many open movements and interesting combinations.

Swing - Referred to as Jive, Rock-n-Roll or Boogie Woogie. The Swing is extremely adaptable, danced with a carefree style and a lot of circular rotation.

Merengue - It's a must for anyone wanting to dance in a latin dance club. It also develops the Latin body action known as "Cuban motion". Making Meringue is a great teaching aid for all Rhythm and Latin dances. 

Hustle - Hustle originated as disco in the 70's, the dance has continue, giving us the fusion of Swing and disco. In its simplest form it is a dance in which even a moderately skilled dancer can lead virtually anyone right away. 

Samba -  The Samba is Brazilian "Carnaval" and embodies its lighthearted rhythm and sensuality.   The Samba is unique among the Latin dances and is often a very easy  dance in social dancing.

Mambo - Mambo is a fusion of Afro-Cuban beat, it's similar in its basic structure to Salsa, with more styling and more floor movement. The exciting music and rhythmical body movements make the Mambo irresistible.

Salsa - Salsa is Spanish for "spicy and hot" representing the flavor of this popular dance.  Salsa is an adaptable dance with varied interpretations and is a must for anyone wanting to go out to a latin club or travelling and dancing in Latin American. 

Bolero - Bolero uses a slow Rumba rhythm played in the melodic style of a latin ballad. This dance is often said to have the rise and fall of a Slow Waltz, with a techniques similar to Rumba to create a slow, sensual, romantic dance.

Paso Doble - The dance depicting the bullfight where the male is the matador and the female represents the cape.  The name comes from Spanish meaning "double step" and was a folk dance.  Today it is a show dance rarely used as a social dance.


Standard/Smooth & Special Dances
  •   Fox Trot
  •   Waltz
  •   Tango
  •   Viennese Waltz
  •   Quickstep
  •   Jive

 Standard/Smooth Dances

Fox Trot - The Fox Trot provides a good foundation for all dances and is sometimes called the ultimate ballroom dance.  As this dance can go from simple steps and develops to become  an extremely skilled dance that can be challenging at the highest levels.

Waltz - The elegant sweeping movement of the Waltz develops strong balance and control, and the ability to move around the floor. Waltz remains to this day as the most popular  dance at formal occasions and functions. 

Tango Tango can be one of the most beautiful of all the dances. It is characterized by synchronized and dramatic movements. The unique rhythm of the music is great training for timing and phrasing essential in becoming a good dancer.

Viennese Waltz - Viennese Waltz is the classic formal ballroom dancing. The music is a continuation that predates the previous century and its music was perfected by famous and wonderful composers. The refined image and the graceful gliding across the floor with beautiful lilts and falls make the Waltz a pleasure to watch.

Quickstep - Quickstep is the English version of a fast Fox Trot with a Charleston tempo.  It is a dynamic fast dance with hopping steps set in with the smoother gliding figures.

Jive - Particularly in western Canada the term "Jive" is often used in reference to a fast social swing dance using single side steps and "quick, quick, slow, slow" rhythm. 

   Special Dances

Polka - This dance is an old traditional dance, consisting of small hops followed by a chasse done first to the left and then to the right.  Polka is one of the main social dances very popular at functions such as wedding and other occasions.

Argentine Tango  - This dance originated in Argentina where it was danced in small dance halls by the lowest classes in Buenos Aires. It was eventually adopted as a standard dance at large and evolved into a sensual and passionate dance. 



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