Known for its sensual hip action and sexy flair, Latin American dance is gaining popularity on dance floors everywhere. Latin dances hail from several different countries in South and Central America, and most have influences that range far beyond this region. Latin American dance consists of the following five dances: Cha-Cha, Rumba, Samba, Paso Doble and Jive. These dances are now performed all over the world as Latin-American dances in international DanceSport competitions, as well as being danced socially.
As part of our Latin dance class, students will get the chance to learn the five dances; the Cha-Cha with its infectious Cuban beat; the Rumba with its slow, sultry sexy moves; the Samba with its fun, Brazilian carnival feeling; the Paso Doble depicting the spirit of the bull-fight (the man being the matador and the lady being the cape); and the Jive with its roots in Lindy Hop and Swing – all make Latin American dancing an exciting and exuberant experience.
A dance born in the suburbs of Vienna and in the alpine region of Austria. As early as the seventeenth century, waltzes were played in the ballrooms of the Hapsburg court.
Originating in Spain or Morocco, the Tango was introduced to the New World by the Spanish settlers, eventually coming back to Spain with Black and Creole influences.
Viennese waltz originated in Provence area in France in 1559 and is recognized as the oldest of all ballroom dances. It is faster than Waltz however it is also consists of three steps in a bar.
The foxtrot is an American dance, believed to be of African-American origin. The foxtrot can be danced at slow, medium, or fast tempos depending on the speed of the jazz or big band music.
The quickstep is an English dance and was invented in the 1920s as a combination of faster tempo of foxtrot and the Charleston.