Dance and Demos
Description of Dance Styles
The Foxtrot provides a good foundation for all dances and is often called the “get-acquainted” or “first impression” dance. The basic components of Foxtrot are walking steps and side steps. Crowded dance floors or night club conditions require that all three tempos be expressed with short steps. In larger ballrooms the slow Foxtrot is characterized by longer smooth, gliding steps.
The elegant sweeping movement of the Waltz gives dancers a chance to practice balance and to move lightly with ease. The basic components of Waltz are walking steps and side steps. Rise and Fall and Body Sway are some of the styling characteristics which make the simplest Waltz patterns elegant and beautiful.
The Rumba will sharpen your sense of rhythm, timing and muscular control. The distinctive hip movement of Rumba, called Cuban Motion, is one of the most important elements of this dance. It is an important styling element in a number of popular Latin American dances.
The Salsa is a fun, energetic Latin dance with origins from Cuba. It is a fast-paced dance that features many spins, turns and sharp movements, commonly done in nightclubs.
The Tango is one of the most beautiful of all the dances. It is characterized by earthy and dramatic movements. The walk in Tango differs from walks in other dances in that it is a staccato action obtained by delaying the follow through of the free leg and foot.
Perhaps the most uniquely American of all dances, the Swing brings forth a buoyant carefree movement. It’s one of the dances that become contagious. A side step or triple step (shuffle) followed by a rock step done to lively music is the fundamental pattern for this dance.
The Quickstep is an International Style dance with a distinctive beat. It is danced to the fastest tempo of the ballroom dances and contains three major characteristic dance figures chassés, quarter turns and lock steps. Many advanced patterns include hops, runs, quick steps with a lot of momentum, and rotation.
The Hustle is a versatile dance typically danced to music with a disco beat. It has a distinctive rock step and is marked by many spins and turns. Couples dancing the Hustle tend to move within a “slot” on the dance floor, as opposed to following a line of dance as in ballroom dances.
West Coast Swing
A partner dance derived from the Lindy Hop, the West Coast Swing is characterized by a distinctive elastic look that results from its basic extension-compression technique of partner connection. It is danced primarily in a slotted area on the dance floor.
The Samba is a Brazilian dance marked by a very definite rhythm. The dance is usually interpreted with exuberance and involves figures that require a difficult pelvic action, rapid steps and a pronounced rocking motion and sway of the dancing couple.
The Viennese Waltz is a ballroom dance which is danced at a faster tempo than the traditional Waltz. It is marked by its consistent turning motion as the dance rotates around the dance floor.
This energetic rhythm of the Cha Cha encourages you to cut loose and let your personality show. Triple Steps (chassés) and rock steps are the basic components of the Cha Cha.
The Bolero is a slow, passionate Latin dance. The steps and movements are long and sweeping, and the emotion very powerful.