Dances we teach
"Experiencing a dance is like imaginary travel to the country of its origin."
The classical dance from the ballrooms of Vienna remains one of the most enchanting and exhilarating dances . While the patterns remain pure, the technique requires even more of the dancer as they strive to capture the graceful qualities of this dance.
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Dancing Paso Doble is like travelling to Spain in your imagination. In the competitive form it is danced always to the famous song España Cañí which is full of characteristic highlights and accents. Many patterns of Paso Doble portrey the atmosphere of corrida de torros which is bull fight. In styling this dance has a strong Flamenco flavor.
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Arunas Bizokas & Katusha Demidova. Source: kaoring works.
Romantic melodies epitomize the grace and poise of the Waltz . This dance will develop mastery of swing, sway, rise & fall, balance and control- concepts essential to experiencing the true joy of any ballroom dance.
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To learn the Cha-cha is is to love the Cha-cha . Sharp staccato actions, rhythm changes and exciting patterns are just some of the fun aspects of this dance. The Cha-cha is one of most popular Latin dances and allows you to cut loose and let your personality show.
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No other dance captures the dramatic strength and romance of the relationship between partners like the Tango . Accented by strong staccato movements the challenge of this dance makes it as exciting to perform as it is to watch.
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A street Festival dance that originated in Brazil, the Samba combines Latin rhythms with light bouncing action . To achieve the true character of the Samba, a dancer must give it a happy, flirtatious and exuberant interpretation.
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Jive is a lively, and uninhibited variation of the Jitterbug . Many of its basic patterns are similar to those of the East Coast Swing. The basic look and feel of Jive are that it is performed with lots and lots of energy, with the legs portraying a pumping action. If you are looking for burning some calories while dancing, the Jive is your choice.
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The Rumba will sharpen your sense of rhythm, timing and muscular control . Working off the actions of the Cha-cha, the slower rhythm of the Rumba allows for dancers to develop the distinctive hip action of Latin dances called Cuban Motion.
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The Rolls-Royce among the Ballroom dances. The classical dance of light, continuous and flowing movement which must be maintained at all times . A controlled, slow leg action is the ultimate quality of the dance to keep the couple moving elegantly across the floor. American style is characterized by stronger beat, faster pace of the music and bouncy body action. Broadway elements are visible in the choreographies of many American Smooth couples.
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The fastest and the most energetic of all Standard Dances. Contains the elements of Body Swing, Chassés, Step Hops and Tricks. As you learn the Quickstep you will soon understand why this speedy dance is the light-hearted favorite of all accomplished dancers .
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Domenico Soale & Goia Cerasoli. Photo by Jonathan S. Marion.
The Bolero is the most romantic of the Latin dances . Taking cues from the Rumba and the Waltz, the Bolero has distinct characteristics of long sweeping side steps and use of rise and fall to create both softness and dramatic movement.
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The Mambo is high energy Latin dance where the music is characterized by a stirring Afro-Cuban beat . As a parent of the Cha-cha and Salsa, the Mambo is an exciting dance that includes crisp leg actions flirtatious interactions with your partner and a fun intensity.
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The most uniquely American of all dances, the Swing brings forth a buoyant, carefree movement that is contagious . Swing may be danced comfortably over a wide range of tempos and variations. The lively spirit and bounce of the Swing gets everyone on their feet to join in.
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The simplicity of the Marengue makes it perfect "Party dance" ! The march type beat helps dancers keep a steady timing so they can interact with their partner. Walking and side steps are the basic foot components of the Marengue and therefore more freedom is allowed in creating fun patterns on the floor and animated arm styling.
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Salsa & Bachata
The Salsa is the unique blending of traditional Latin music and dance steps with freedom of turning actions . The Bachata has simple footwork that is easy to do and can be danced to many differnet styles of music. Both are great nightclub dances and must for Latin social dancing.
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Modern Ballroom Dancing, Victor Silvester, Trafalgar Square Publishing, North Pomfret VT 2005.
Ballroom. Dance & Glamour, Jonathan S. Marion, Bloomsbury, London 2014.
The Internet. Arthur Murray Dance Centers. https://arthurmurray.com/ 11/18/2020.
The lecture of Anthony Hurley at Blackpool Congress 1998 –Choreographic Characterisation of Competitive Standard Dances.
The Internet. https://www.liveabout.com/ 11/18/2020.