Cha Cha – is a very popular Latin Dance having its origin in the Cuban Mambo. Cha Cha
is danced to music that is played with steady, short staccato beats that give this dance
its energetic, playful, sensual and flirty nature. Danced to either Traditional Latin music
or current catchy pop or country music, that is at 4/4 time or sometimes 2/4 time with
beats per minute ranging from 28 to 32.
Jive – originating in the United States in the arly 1930’s the catchy music drove the upbeat
feeling noted in the jitterbug, swing and lindy hop. Jives triple step is danced to highly
syncopated rhythms that are lively and quick. The International Jive is recognized by the
lifting of the knees and rocking of the hips. Danced to music that can be anywhere from
32 to 44 or slightly higher beats per minute. There are also many variation of this dance
allowing dancers a lot of room to interpret the music with their own flare.
Rumba – danced to slow erotic and sensual rhythms of traditional Latin or current popular
music ranging from 24 to 27 beats per minute. The slower beats allow dancers to use hip
action to interpret the music. The dance patterns are easy to learn and with practice the
swaying of the hips emerge as the dancers use feet, floor and legs to create the hip movement.
Samba – a lively Brazilian dance that creates party atmosphere at the carnivals. The music
can be traditional or popular ranging from 45 to 52 beats per minutes. Samba rhythms are
faster, energetic, inviting people to dance and join the party. The rhythms of the music are
interpreted through the dancers use of the body and the classic hip movement, with
the dancers progressing easily around the dance floor.
Mambo / Salsa – incorporates Cuban, Latin American and other well known styles of music
Both dances are mostly stationary dances – only moving in small increments around the
dance floor. Mambo / Salsa are partnered dances, yet can have moments when the dancers
separate for solo breaks where the individual dancers may interpret the music and shine
on their own. Whether danced to Latin or the popular music of our time, they are playful,
fun, energetic and flirty. Enjoyable to dance and to watch.
West Coast Swing – is a swing dance that uses a slot for the dancers to move to R&B or
contemporary music. It is smooth a sexy version of the swing dance, developed on the west
coast of southern California, having ties to the shag and lindy hop dances. West Coast Swing
dancing incorporates freedom, ease, flexibility and a gliding motions that continue to
evolve, changing as the dancer improvise and display their own unique flare on
the dance floor as they move to the music.
Waltz – both social and competitive waltz are popular dance styles. Whether International
or American the waltz is a dance that people dance all over the world, making it a versatile
dance to learn as you will be able to dance it in a large variety of environments. Waltz is a
partnered dance which uses basic steps that are easy to learn. Once the basic steps have
been learned, more advanced dancers can focus on contra body movements and the up and
down motion in the 1,2,3, rhythm that creates that delightful look and feel of floating around
the dance floor. Music speed ranges from 28 to 30 beats per minute.
Foxtrot – created in 1914, credited to Henry Fox, the Foxtrot was danced to jazz or big band
music with a 4/4 time. The classic social ballroom foxtrot has evolved over the years to the
smooth progressive dance we see today. The International Slow Foxtrot we dance now uses
long continuous passing of the feet movements, flowing counter clockwise around the
dance floor, creating the illusion that the dancers are floating. The music that the
foxtrot is danced to can also be used to dance slow jive or west coast swing. Danced at
28 to 30 beats per minute.
Quickstep – Ragtime and Jazz music heralded this dance based on the forward step using a
heel lead followed by two steps on the balls of the feet. Charleston, Blackbottom and Shimmy
were very popular forerunners of the Quickstep. The upbeat, bright, faster, infectious music
invites dancers to take the floor and move. Basic steps for the quickstep are easily learned
with the anticipation of using the more intricate foot work that moves you quickly around the
dance floor making you feel alive. Speed of the music ranges from 49 to 52 beats per minute.
Tango – a passionate, playful story created on the dance floor between two dancers in a
compact, closed dance position. It is danced without the heel toe, up and down motion of
the waltz, foxtrot or quickstep. Dance tempo is between 31 and 33 beats per minute.
Argentine Tango – takes you to a conversation between the dance partners, asking both
dancers to listen and respond to the dance they are creating together. Listen, wait, lead
and follow are the underlying foundation of this dance. Using these aspects invites
improvisation, allowing a great deal of creativity in interpreting the various types of music
associated with the Argentine Tango.
Night Club Two Step – a versatile social dance that is danced to contemporary soft rock
music that is used in night clubs, on cruise ships, at weddings, banquets and many social
events. The music is simple, often romantic in a 1-2 count that seldom changes. Beginner or
advanced, dancers express themselves in a relaxed, rhythmic movements around the dance
floor, in a smooth and gracious fashion.