The Samba, which is native to Brazil, started out as a festival
dance during the street festivals and celebrations. Its first
introduction in the U.S. was through a Broadway play called "Street
Carnival" in the late twenties. The festive style and energetic mood
of the dance have kept it alive and popular to this day. Samba is a
fun dance that fits most of today's popular music.
Is a World-famous social nightclub dance that was born on the streets of Havana in CUBA? The Hispanic melodies fused with the African percussion really make this music a great thrill to dance to. With time Salsa has developed into specific styles which include: The Cuban Classic style, LA style (Cross Body Style Salsa) and New York style Salsa.
An easy and fun Latin-American dance originally from the Dominican -Republic, it’s a Festive club dances which is easy to learn extremely rhythmical and is danced using a propelling hip action.
A partner dance that was derived from the cabaret clubs of Paris, it is based on the Spanish Flamenco dance only danced as a couple. The music is passionate and dramatic. During the dance, the man portrays the matador and the lady his cape, Spanish Gypsy dancer and sometimes the Bull.
Swing & Jive
Swing (East coast Swing) is perhaps the most uniquely American of all ‘Rock n’ Roll’ dances, bringing forth a buoyant carefree movement. With its fun, fast-paced nature it's one of the dances that easily become contagious. The Lindy (Swing) picked up where the Charleston left off. Throughout its development, it had "swing-outs", "breakaways" and "shine-steps". With the birth of "Swing" music in the mid 1930's the Lindy climbed the social ladder. The dance craze swept the nation, and depending on where you lived, it was the Jitterbug, the Lindy hop or the Swing. Jive shares the same step patterns as Swing only performed with a vertical bouncing action while raising the knees.
The Bachata is a popular nightclub social dance originating from the Dominican Republic. Its syncopated percussive rhythm sets the tone for a romantic love story on the dance floor. The bachata is distinguished by a unique hip bump on the fourth count in the music.
The Lindy Hop (or Lindy) is a high-speed partner dance that originated in 1920's and 30's Harlem, New York. The Dance itself consists of both 8 and 6 count steps and it includes footwork borrowed from the Charleston and Tap.
West Coast Swing
West Coast Swing is a partner dance with Rock n Roll and Jazz roots. It is characterized by an elastic look that results from its extension-compression technique of partner connection and is danced primarily in a linear fashion on the dance floor.
The Waltz is an elegant dance which was born in the suburbs of
Vienna and in the Alpine region of Austria. Waltzes were played in
the ballrooms of the Hapsburg court as early as the seventeenth
century and continue to be played around the world with the same
elegance and grace.
Many of the familiar waltz tunes can be traced back to simple
peasant yodeling melodies. The Weller-or turning dances- were danced
by Austrian and Bavarian peasants even earlier than the seventeenth
The Rumba is the spirit and soul of Latin American music and dance.
The fascinating rhythms and bodily expressions make the Rumba one of
the most popular and most energetic ballroom dances.
The Foxtrot is considered to be the most significant development in
all of ballroom dancing. The combination of quick and slow steps
permits more flexibility and gives much greater dancing pleasure
than the one-step and two-step more traditional ballroom dances.
The wild exciting music and rhythmical body movements make the
earthy Mambo irresistible. In the 1940's Americans became fascinated
by Latin American rhythms. The original Mambo music, El Guardia Con
El Toleto, had its beginning in 1944 as a Rumba with riff
improvisation. The Mambo combined American Jazz with the Afro-Cuban
beat, which resulted in a highly pleasurable and energetic dance
The Tango began in the West Indies and later found its way to
Argentina where it was stylized by the Gauchos. It became the rage
in 1921 after the silent screen star Rudolph Valentino brought this
romantic dance to millions in "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse".
More recently, it has been danced in movies such as True Lies and
Scent of a Woman. Today, The Tango is considered to be the "dancer's
dance" and becomes a favorite of all who learn it.
From Strauss Waltz and Tchaikovsky ballet to music by contemporary
artists, Viennese Waltz music has inspired people to dance for
generations. The Waltz developed in central Europe from the Austrian
dance known as the Landler.
Swing is perhaps the most uniquely American of all dances, bringing
forth a buoyant carefree movement. With its fun, fast-paced nature
it's one of the dances that easily become contagious. The Lindy
(Swing) picked up where the Charleston left off. Throughout its
development, it had "swing-outs", "breakaways" and
With the birth of "Swing" music in the mid 1930's the Lindy climbed
the social ladder. The dance craze swept the nation, and depending
on where you lived, it was the Jitterbug, the Lindy hop or the
The Merengue is the national dance of the Dominican Republic, and
also to some extent, of Haiti, the neighbor sharing the island.
Ideally suited to the small, crowded dance floors, it is a dance
that is easy to learn and essentially a "fun" dance.
Originally known as the Cha-Cha-Cha, the Cha Cha is an offshoot of
the Mambo which became popular around 1954. In the slow Mambo tempo,
there was a distinct sound in the music that people began dancing
to, calling the step the "Triple" Mambo. Eventually it evolved into
a separate dance, known today as the Cha Cha.
The romantic Bolero is the slowest of the Latin dances. It combines
controlled movement with dramatic expression of the music. The
Bolero has the same Afro-Cuban roots as the Rumba and is thought to
have originated from Cuban or Spanish folk dances such as Danzon and
The Hustle gives us the fusion of Swing and Discotheques (Disco).
With high quality sound systems and flashing lights, it became a
popular form of entertainment in Europe and America in the late
1960's and throughout the 70's. In the early 1970's a new dance
craze became popular on the crowded dance floors of New York.
Brazilian zouk dance is a partner dance originating from Brazil. Also known as zouk-lambada, the dance is a descendant of lambada, the music & dance style that swept over the world like a storm in the late 1980's. Brazilian zouk is characterized by the dancers' undulating bodies and the girls' flowing hair
The Argentinean Tango originated in Argentina in the 19th century.
It was danced in the backstreets of Buenos Aires, until it was
prohibited by the church as it was proved to be a very romantic
dance. It is one of the most beautiful and delicate of dances.
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