The Dance Ballroom

AMERICAN

SMOOTH

Waltz - Ballroom & folk dancing in 3/4 time, performed primarily
in closed partner position.

Foxtrot - America's number one ballroom dance built around
slow-slow-quick-quick rhythm.

Tango - Staccato style ballroom dance with fluid movements
derived from Argentina.

Viennese Waltz - The original form of waltz consisting of turns
& change steps.

RHYTHM

Cha Cha - Began as a variation of the mambo; an energetic dance with a steady beat.

Rumba - Cuban motion is one of the most important elements of
this romantic rhythm dance.

East Coast Swing - A carefree American style fast dance for fun
& easy social dancing. 

Bolero - This sensual dance requiring Cuban motion with rise
& fall as in waltz.

Mambo - The flavor of the dance is contained in the translation of the word "mambo" which means "shake or say it."  Components include rock steps, side steps, and foot styling.

Merengue
- Walking steps and side (chasse) steps are the basic components of merengue.  Introduced as a marching dance with festive party appeal.

Samba - This national dance of Brazil has a pulsating action giving a lively Latin feel.

West Coast Swing - A distinctive elastic looking dance allowing partners to improvise steps.

 


INTERNATIONAL

STANDARD LATIN
Waltz Cha Cha
Foxtrot Rumba
Tango Samba
Viennese Waltz Paso Doble
Quick Step Jive



SPECIALTY CLASSES

Nightclub 2 Step - Smooth, slow, sexy dance for night club intimacy.

Salsa - Fusion of Cuban & American dancing allowing freedom of expression & feeling.

Bachata - Originally from the Dominican Republic danced with a lively hip action and intricate footwork.

Kizomba - Is a dance and music that was created in Angola in the early l980's, which was born out of Zouk music. The style of Kizomba emphasizes a very smooth way of dancing with influences of Tango steps, but one of the main differences is that the lower body, the hip, does forward/backwards and circle movements.

Brazilian Zouk - A sensual Brazilian dance using various body leads and contact improvisation.

Hustle - A popular night club dance originating from the 1970's fusing swing & disco.

Hip Hop - A lifestyle that includes its own music, language, wardrobe and style of dancing.  Elements include popping, locking, breaking, boogaloo, and social dancer's freestyle.

Yoga for Dancers - This series of yoga classes will focus on alignment and balance, will build strength through the core, and bring flexibility to the spine and legs. We will work to develop stability and support through our center in order to move on, off and through our axis bringing grace and lightness to our movement.

The asymmetry of the dance embrace and figures can eventually create imbalance and stress. Yoga will evenly work all sides of the body and reestablish the symmetry we need to stay injury free. This symmetrical work will also build strength and coordination in our less developed, more awkward side giving us the confidence to dance the figures on both sides of the embrace.