If you are unsure about where to begin, don't worry, that's what we are here for! We'll take a few minutes to get to know you and where you'll be using your dancing, that way we can recommend some dances we think you will use and enjoy. If you do have a peticular style of dance you would like to include on your lesson, please let us know.
American music, whether you are listening to blues, jazz, rock or country, often includes a bouncy rhythm known as swing. Therefore, the dance of the same name is a must for anyone interested in dancing. Characterized by a carefree and relaxed style, this dance is fun and exciting to both dance and watch. The many tempos make it an excellent tool for working on quick footwork, along with developing a strong lead and follow. This will also add comfort and ease to your other dances.
The Foxtrot began its run in 1912, and is credited to vaudeville performer Harry Fox. Since then it has become the most popular of the social dances. Because of the physical closeness and conversational style the Foxtrot was originally deemed “dirty dancing” and was thought to be indecent behavior since it permitted dancers to hold each other closer than an arm’s length. It is still used socially today and is a wonderful tool in developing smoothness and ease of movement on the dance floor.
Also a scandalous dance in its day. The Waltz is now known as the Mother of all Dances. It was the first social dance in which a woman was held in her partners arms and dates back to the 1600’s, arriving in America in the early 1800’s. Known for its elegance and sweeping movements, the Waltz will help any dancer to develop graceful movement and poise on the dance floor. Viennese Waltz – Dating back to the 1700’s in Vienna, like Waltz Viennese Waltz is written in ¾ timing at a faster tempo. The Rise and Fall action gives the illusion of floating around the dance floor. This dance has spread across the world, and is danced in ballroom competitions and studios worldwide. It is considered both elegant and graceful, though is one of the most challenging to master.
Earthy and dramatic, the Tango is thought to be one of the most beautiful of all the dances. Though stories conflict on its origin, the Tango eventually found its way to Argentina and was stylized by the Gauchos. With its compact hold and staccato movements it quickly became regarded as “the dancer’s dance”, and will greatly increase a dancer’s ability to lead or follow as well as help to develop a strong feeling for music.
A wonderful dance for beginners, The Rumba can be danced to a variety of music from traditional Latin to Country Western and Modern genres. With roots in the Cuban/Latin American dance craze, the Rumba has become increasingly popular with each generation. It is characterized by its often romantic feel, “smooth staccato’ movements and Latin hip action. It dates back over 400 years and is often referred to as the “get acquainted” dance.
Similar to Mambo in execution, the Salsa hails from the Caribbean, most notably Cuba and Puerto Rico, and blends a variety of dances into one. It holds a reputation for its expressive and free body movements, with spins, shimmies and shines giving it a fun and unique feel.
Originally titled The Triple Mambo or Cha Cha Cha, the Cha Cha is a descendant of both Mambo and Rumba. It evolved from the addition of steps danced to a slow tempo Mambo with Cuban Motion being an important aspect of the dance. The use of syncopated steps and open movements make keep this dance fresh, fun, and exciting to both perform and watch. Cha Cha is still popular across the world today, and can be danced to a variety of music.
An irresistible and fiery dance, the Mambo can be traced to both Africa and Cuba, where dancers were found to use provocative hip action, along with quick footwork, to express the feeling of their music. The dance sparked a craze in New York, when it arrived in the late 1940’s, and spread across America in the 50’s. Today, the dance stays true to the original fast feet and hip action, giving it a flirtatious feel. The addition of more modern dips and spins make it an exciting challenge for all dancers.
For a more relaxed feel, new dancers often turn to Country. The informal nature makes these dances quick to learn and fun to practice. Although the Two Step is the most well known, we offer everything from Country Swing, Shuffle, Waltz and Country Cha-Cha. These dances are great for anyone looking for social dancing and will aid in developing good timing, as well as lead and follow, without feeling like work.