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A Club Latin style of dance that originated in the Dominic Republic. Like other Club Latin styles, Bachata is distinguished by its Latin hips and body movement.
Part of the swing dance family. It’s usually danced in a close embrace, led with a full body connection. Balboa is danced to a wide variety of tempos. Because the basic step takes up such a small space, Balboa is traditionally danced to fast music (over 200 beats per minute).
Blues dancing is highly motivated by the music and requires strong body awareness, subtle communication between your partner, yourself, and the music. Learning to blues dance helps to develop creativity, self-expression, movement diversity, control, musical awareness and interpretation.
Charleston is part of the swing dance family. Charleston can be danced solo or with a partner. Its simple and flexible basic steps make it easy to concentrate on styling, improvisation and musicality. Charleston is best known for its kicking combinations.
The ‘Cha-Cha-Cha’ is a competitive ballroom dance. It can be danced to latin music, pop music or rock music. It’s known for its syncopated footwork and cuban hip movement.
Unlike ballroom cha-cha, Club-Cha is done to Latin club music. Club-Cha has a more relaxed frame. Even though the timing is the same between the two kinds of Cha’s, Club-Cha is more relaxed and sensual.
Country Waltz is a variation of Ballroom Waltz. Country Waltz is a progressive dance and catered towards the Country-Western club and bar scene.
East Coast Swing
East Coast Swing is a partnered swing dance that is traditionally done to big band or rockabilly music. It is known for its pulse and triple steps.
Foxtrot is a smooth, progressive dance. It is characterized by long, continuously flowing movements across the dance floor. It is traditionally done to smooth big band music such as Frank Sinatra.
Jitterbug is part of the swing dance family. It is traditionally done to big band or rockabilly music. It is known for its upbeat nature and is danced in single time.
Lindy Hop is a part of the swing dance family. It’s an 8-count dance that was created in Harlem, New York, in the 1920s and 30s. It’s known for its high-energy and grounded movement.
Merengue is in the Club Latin family. It’s considered a ‘walking’ dance. With simple basic footwork and timing, it gives dancers freedom to play with the music. You will see this style of dance primarily in Latin dance clubs.
Rumba is the slowest of the competitive ballroom dances. It is classified under the Latin dance family. Rumba is recognized by its Cuban hips and sensual connection. It is also one of the most common wedding dances.
Salsa is the most popular club Latin dance. Salsa is known for fast spins and Cuban hip movement. Salsa is done to 4/4 time music but counted 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7.
Triple two is a country dance. It moves progressively around the floor like Country Two Step. Triple Two is danced either in the competitive style, or the social style. The competitive style is danced with a bigger frame. In the basic timing, the follow moves continuously from the side of the lead to the front and back. The social style is commonly known as the Fort Worth shuffle and is danced more like the Two-Step.
The Texas Two-Step is a country dance. Known for its basic walking rhythm ‘Quick, Quick, Slow, Slow’, it makes it easy to move progressively around the floor and spin your partner with ease.
As the Waltz evolved, some versions were done to a slower tempo. This faster traditional style came to be called “Viennese Waltz” to distinguish it from the slower waltzes.
The Waltz is a smooth, progressive ballroom dance. It is known for its unique 3/4 timing or, as most people know: 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3.
West Coast Swing
West Coast Swing, is a swing dance that originated from Lindy Hop. It is characterized by a distinctive elastic look and is danced primarily in a “slot” on the dance floor. West Coast Swing can be danced to a wide array of musical genres.
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