Dances We Teach
American Style Smooth:
American Style Rhythm:
International Style Latin:
Rumba, Cha Cha, Samba, Jive, Paso Doble
Often accompanied by 1940s big band music. Much of the music we use for this dance are by the likes of Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Michael Buble.
Basic Rhythm: Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick (S, S, Q, Q) Click below for an excerpt of a song that can used for Foxtrot.
Think flowing gowns, coattails, and gliding across the dance floor using smooth, elegant movements. Waltz moves in a ¾ tempo (for you musicians out there).
Basic Rhythm: 1-2-3, 1-2-3. Click below to hear an excerpt from a song that can be used for Waltz.
A much faster paced waltz which covers more space in a shorter amount of time. Figures are often circular and/or involve lots of traveling across the dance floor. Watch out for other couples around you, don't run into the wall, and don't get dizzy!
Basic Rhythm: 1-2-3, 1-2-3 (but much faster). Click below to hear an excerpt from a song that can be used for Viennese Waltz.
Dramatic and full of sharp, accented steps/movements.
Basic Rhythm: S, S, Q, Q, S. Click below to her an excerpt from a song that could be used for American Tango.
Lively Latin rhythm dance with distinctive foot movement.
Basic Rhythm: 1,2,3, cha-cha, 1,2,3, cha-cha etc. Click below to hear an excerpt from a song for Cha Cha.
Generally slower rhythm dance of latin origin with a more sensual movement.
Basic rhythm: S, Q, Q, S. Click below to hear an excerpt from a Rumba.
Form of East Coast swing defined by a 6-count rhythm
Basic rhythm: Triple-step, Triple-step, rock step. Click below to hear an excerpt from a song that can be used for Triple Swing.
West Coast Swing:
Generally slower and smoother than East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing moves in a slot in either a 6 or 8 count, with the lady stepping forward on count 1.
A Latin dance of Caribbean origin. Music is written in a 4/4 rhythm with heavier accents on the 2nd and 4th beats. Click below to hear an excerpt from a mambo song.
Mainly a slow partner dance of Spanish origin, marked by longer strides and elegant movements.
Basic rhythm: S, Q, Q, S
Latin social/club dance with origins in Africa and the Caribbean. Many variations exist (Puerto Rican, Cuban, Mexican, etc).
Basic Rhythm: Generally marked by an 8-count rhythm with dancers moving on steps 1,2,3, and 5,6,7 (pausing on counts 4 and 8). Can also be danced on counts 2,3,4, and 6,7,8 (pausing on counts 1 and 5). Click the player below to hear an excerpt from a Salsa song.
Lively Latin dance with origins mainly in the Dominican Republic. Moving in an 8 count rhythm, the club version is relatively easy and is usually identified by distinctive hip movements (which occur when the dancer makes lateral movements initiated by his/her sides). Click the player below for a song excerpt for Merengue.