This version of Tango was born in the slums of Buenos Aires in the late 19th century and standardized in the 1920. It is characterized by a close hold, a low center of gravity, a stealthy, almost cat-like attack, an emphasis on contra body movement and a staccato feel.
A feeling that is danced. Created as a fusion of varied ethnicities, this erotic dance was used by men to seduce their women. Not accepted by the upper classes until the 1940’s, this dance found a resurgence in the 1990’s with the popular touring shows like Forever Tango. The more people become aware of this dance, the more popular it becomes.
Bolero is a modification of the Fandango, in which all the objectional parts are taken out! It has a slow, smooth and powerful romantic look and feel and is often called the cuban Dance of Love, becuase of it’s slow and dreamy tempo.
Cha Cha arrived in the US in 1954 and sparked a passionate dance craze! Like all Latin dances, it emphasizes hip action and rhythm expressed throughout the body!
Country Two Step
Started as the Collegiate Foxtrot in the early 1900’s, this dance was revived in the 1940’s and became a stable dance in it’s own right! A wonderful mix of turns, weaves and wraps makes this a playful 6 count dance of quicks and slows.
East Coast Swing
One of the many swing dances that grew out of the Lindy Hop (named for Charles Lindbergh’s hop across the ocean). This version of swing is distinguished by its rock step and it’s circular patterns, it’s best done to big band and upbeat music!
Ragtime explodes and Foxtrot is born! Who could sit still to that music? Today’s foxtrot is a refined version of the original, and it’s smooth, gliding steps and easy going look make it an all-purpose dance for many different styles of music.
Made popular with the movie Saturday Night Fever the Hustle is the dance that brought couples dancing to the younger generation. Done to disco music, it’s know for it’s quick tempo and athletic turns.
The original swing dance from which all others evolved. Born in 1927, it was created in Harlem for the new jazz and swing music of the time. It morphed into other dances with it’s own popularity declining only to be rediscovered in the 1980’s by young and energetic dancers.
The dance from which Cha Cha was born! Super popular in the 1950’s, it gave it’s fame over to Cha Cha until recently when New York dancer Eddie Torres helped it regain it’s own identity!
A dance from the Dominican Republic, it’s noted for it’s up-tempo, it’s cuban motion and it’s side to side swinging feel. It’s evolved into an international phenomenon.
Nightclub Two Step
One of the most practical and veritile social dances ever conceived. This simple, romantice dance fills a gap where no other ballroom dance fits – dancers can express and create without the rigid technique often required in ballroom!
Orginated in the 19th century, this dance almost disappeared in the early 20th century with the advent of ragtime and jazz. Revived by polish immigrants and the Lawrence Welk polka craze, it will remain popular due to its ease and adaptability.
A sensual dance to romantic music…. a far cry from its fast and furious origins in Cuba. Popularized and standardized in the 1940’s, its distinguishing features are a romantic feel, a languid beat and a rolling action of the hip.
A contemporary, street version of Mambo, Salsa developed from the same Cuban dance as Rumba… although they have little in common now! One of the most popular nightclub dances today, it continues to evolve and incorporate many influences.
Brazil’s national heartbeat. Introduced to the US at the 1939 world fair, it was more widely exposed through film gathering a firm following when brazilian music became popular in the 1960’s. The upbeat music and slight bounce in the dance make this a rhythmis party!
Triple Two Step
Called swing on the move this dance uses a progressive version of the triple swing basic. This smooth, progressive swing incorporates many criss-cross patterns and weaves and continues to evolve!
At it’s inception, the Waltz was denounced as scandalous and immoral as it was the first popular dance to use closed position and require intimate physical communication! In the US it dominated the dance scene until WWI. It’s characterized by it’s 3/4 timing, it’s beautiful and effortless looking rise and fall and incomparable sway motion.
West Coast Swing
Decendant to Lindy Hop, WCS evolved into a versatile, slotted version of swing done to everything from blues to hip hop. With 2 basics, it’s a challenge, and well worth the effort! Currently one of the hottest dances in the country (as seen on So You Think You Can Dance.)
A much quicker version of waltz, ths dance uses a fration of the rise and fall and sway than it’s slower cousin. Also denounced as a dance of too loose character for maiden to perform, Viennese Waltz has managed to thrive since the 12th century.