Do you know all the Ballroom Dances?
A Latin style dance that originated in Argentina and was adapted for American style Ballroom dancing. It is characterized by its provocative figures, catlike walking action, and staccatto (sharp) head movements.
The Argentine style of Tango, which is usually danced in a close embrace, is characterized by grapevines, figure eights, and other interesting and complex leg and foot movements. The Argentine style does not travel as much as the American style and thus is better suited for nightclub dancing.
The Bachata is sometimes referred to as the "blues music of the Dominican Republic." Its music is usually romantic and grew out of the Bolero, but with time, became influenced by Merengue. The basic footwork pattern is three steps in one direction and then a hip motion. Then repeat other side. As with other Latin dances, the character of the dance is achieved through sensual hip and body movements.
The most popular ballroom dance in the world. Waltz has a slow easy-to-hear 1-2-3, 1-2-3 rhythm (3/4 time) and can be danced to music found in nearly all music genres, including rock, country, pop, and classical.
A slow Latin dance which originated as one of two forms of Rumba (Bolero Rumba and Son Rumba), and still shares many of the same figures. Bolero differs from Rumba in its tempo and style of music and movement.
An exciting, syncopated Latin dance which originated in the 1950's as a slowed-down Mambo. The Cha Cha gets its name and character from its distinct repetitive foot rhythm (cha cha cha).
East Coast Swing
A triple-step Swing derived from Lindy Hop and Jitterbug, making use of refined (American Style) ballroom technique that is typically danced to jump blues or to country swing songs.
Foxtrot is a smooth dance introduced in 1913 by Harry Fox. It is characterized by smooth, walking-style movements and can be adapted to fit a variety of musical tempi and style, or to fit onto small, crowded nightclub dance floors.
Hustle is a fast but smooth-moving dance which originated in the nightclubs during the 1970's disco era, as a modified version of swing. Hustle is the perfect dance for dance-beat, nightclub music including everything from pop to rap and hip hop.
An energetic Latin-style marching dance with Cuban hip motion that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is now a subset of the modern club-style Salsa dances.
A light, bright, twinkling, happy dance with tricky footwork. It is a combination of the Foxtrot and the Charleston and includes hops, runs, syncopated steps, lots of momentum and rotation. Dance patterns are similar to the Waltz, but danced in a 4/4 timing instead of 3/4 timing.
Rumba is a slow to medium tempo Latin American dance which is characterized by sensual, provocative movements and gestures, Cuban hip motion, and playful and flirtatious interplay between the man and lady.
A popular Latin nightclub dance which evolved as a modified form of Mambo. Salsa displays a lot of shakin', shimmying, and hip action.
A fun, rhythmical Brazilian dance which has been adapted for modern Ballroom dancing. Samba is noted for its distinct style of movement, which incorporates both Latin hip motion and the signature "Samba Bounce".
A style of Swing (also known as Jitterbug) danced in single-rhythm, to very fast big band jazz music of the thirties, forties and fifties.
This dance was born in the suburbs of Vienna and in the alpine region of Austria in the 1700’s. Like the slow waltz, it uses ¾ time music, but the tempo is much faster. It is great for fast ballroom Waltz music or fast Country Waltz music.
West Coast Swing
A cool, sexy, slotted swing dance that spotlights the lady and is characterized by its smooth and linear style. This dance is perfect for nightclubs because it can be danced to many styles of music including pop, rap, blues, big band, disco, country and dance-beat techno.