Social Dance Classes

 

Salsa

Salsa dancing is an international dance with strong influences from Latin America that can be found in most metropolitan cities in the world. The movements of salsa have origins in Cha-Cha, Mambo and other dance forms.

West Coast Swing

A partner dance with roots in Lindy Hop. It is characterized by a distinctive elastic look that results from its basic extension-compression technique of partner connection, and is danced primarily in a slotted area on the dance floor.

Waltz

Waltz is a smooth progressive dance characterized by long, continuous flowing movements across the dance floor. Danced, 123; 12&3; Lower at the end of each measure, stay down through beat 1 of next measure, and then rise during beats 2 & 3--smooth rise and fall.

 

Argentine Tango

Argentine tango is danced in an embrace that can vary from very open, to very closed. Slower and smoother than International Tango; flowing steps on balls of feet, knees flexed, slight rise and fall.

Foxtrot

Foxtrot is similar in its look to waltz with smooth progressive dance characterized by long, continuous flowing movements. Although the rhythm is different. Danced in a box, in closed position. The man steps forward, side, close, back, side, close.

Cha-Cha

A loose Latin style dance with small steps and swaying hips movements. Counted 123&4 or one, two, cha-cha-cha. Danced to Latin American rhythm. 

 

Viennese Waltz

A faster Waltz with smooth progressive steps characterized by long, continuous flowing movements across the dance floor. Danced, 123; Waltz rise and fall but not as much because of speed.

Quickstep

As the name implies, a fast dance involving many quarter turns and progressive chasse is a long figure. Danced in closed position. Light and skipping, stay up and "in flight."

Night Club Two-Step

The easiest dance to learn for weddings and parties. You can dance it on the beach or any size dance floor.

 

Rumba

A Latin style dance with a more regular tempo than Cha-Cha. Danced on balls of feet with knees flexed. Latin hip follows the step with quick, quick, slow rhythm.

Samba

A Latin style dance with a soft "samba bounce." Counted 1 and 2 and; 3 and 4.

Jive

More free than Cha-Cha; think jitterbug with soft knees and a quite a bouncy feel.  This is "triple swing" at a faster tempo. You can dance "double swing" (1,2,3,4; 1,2) or more commonly, "single swing" (quick, quick slow; slow)

Drop-in students are welcome. Classes can be purchased at the studio or in advance by calling 760-438-2580.