Synopsis of Dance Styles

cha cha cha: The Cha Cha is a lively, flirtatious ballroom dance full of passion and energy. The classic “Cuban motion” gives the Cha Cha its unique style. Partners work together to synchronize each movement in perfect alignment.

Mambo: The Mambo is one of the most sensual and emotional Latin American ballroom dances. Swaying hip movements, facial expressions, arm movements and holds all add to the sensuality of the dance.

Rumba: The Rumba is considered by many to be the most romantic and sensual of all Latin ballroom dances. It is often referred to as the “Grandfather of the Latin dances.” The steps are charactoristics of the “box” step.

Samba: Possibly the most popular of all Brazilian ballroom dances, the Samba is popular with young people as well as older generations. The Samba can be performed solo or with a partner.

Paso Doble: The Paso Doble is one of the liveliest ballroom dances, originating in southern France. It is modeled after the sound, drama, and movement of the Spanish bullfight.

Foxtrot: The Foxtrot is a ballroom dance that is lots of fun and simple to learn…an excellent dance for beginners. The Foxtrot is a smooth dance in which dancers make long, flowing movements across the floor.

Waltz: The Waltz is one of the smoothest ballroom dances. It is a progressive dance marked by long, flowing movements, continuous turns, and “rise and fall.” The dance is so graceful and elegant, Waltz dancers appear to glide around the floor with almost no effort.

Viennese Waltz: The Viennese Waltz is a quick rotating ballroom dance with a subtle rise and fall. It is considered by most to be one of the most difficult dances to learn. The simple and elegant rotational movement characterizes the Viennese Waltz.

American Tango:The Tango is one of the most fascinating of all ballroom dances. This sensual ballroom dance originated in South America in the early twentieth century.

Quickstep: The Quickstep is a quick version of the Foxtrot. It is a ballroom dance comprised of extremely quick stepping, syncopated feet rhythms, and runs of quick steps. The Quickstep is exciting to watch, but among the most difficult of all the ballroom dances.

Argentine Tango: The Argentine Tango, enjoyed by tango dancers of all ages, was born in Buenos Aires. Argentine Tango is much more intimate than Modern Tango, and is well-suited to dancing in small settings. Argentine Tango retains the intimacy of the original dance. Ballroom tango developed from Argentine tango styles, but was modified to fit into the category of ballroom dancing. Ballroom tango incorporates different techniques than the smooth, Argentine dances.

Swing dance is a lively style of social dancing in which a dancer often lifts, spins and flips his or her partner. Considered both hip and cool, swing dancing is a favorite among social dancers of all ages.

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