Dances We Teach

Style Dance Description
American Smooth Waltz The oldest competitive dance leading to the genesis of modern-day ballroom dance.
Tango A passionate Smooth dance originating in Cuba and then refined in Argentina.
Foxtrot A syncopated rag-time dance started in the 1910’s by vaudeville comedian Harry Fox.
Viennese Waltz The original waltz dance based on the music of Johan Strauss II and the predecessor to Smooth and International waltzes.
American Rhythm Cha Cha Designed in the 1950’s as a slower version of the Cuban Mambo and now a mainstay of social and competitive dance.
Rumba An offshoot of the Afro-Cuban dance known as son. Rumba started in the city of Matanzas, Cuba, a city known in the middle 1800s as a gathering place for musicians and writers.
East Coast Swing A modern derivation of swing dances usable for many “rock” songs of a faster pace.
Bolero A slow dance which originated as one of two forms of Rumba. Slower tempo than Rumba.
Mambo An American Rhythm dance similar to Salsa characterized by starting on the second beat of the song.
International Standard Waltz The International version of Waltz which mandates that the dancers remain in Closed Position.
Tango The International version of Tango which mandates that the dancers remain in Closed Position.
Foxtrot The International version of Foxtrot which mandates that the dancers remain in Closed Position.
Quickstep An International Standard dance akin to a very fast Foxtrot.
Viennese Waltz The International version of Viennese Waltz which mandates that the dancers remain in Closed Position.
International Latin Cha Cha The International version of Cha Cha, danced at a faster tempo.
Samba A Brazilian dance executed in 2/4 time and part of both American and International styles.
Rumba The International version of Rumba, danced at a slower tempo.
Paso Doble A marching dance where the Leader plays the role of a matador in a bull fight and the Responder plays the role of his cape.
Jive The International version of East Coast Swing, danced at a faster tempo.
Swing Lindy Hop A swing dance originating in New York in the 1920’s named after the legendary aviator Charles Lindbergh.
East Coast Swing A modern derivation of swing dances usable for many “rock” songs of a faster pace.
West Coast Swing An improvisational dance derived from the Lindy Hop executed with elastic movements in a slotted area of the dance floor.
Club Salsa Salsa originates from the Cuban Son dance and is a fast and popular club dance danced to a 1-2-3, 5-6-7 tempo with holds on the 4 and 8 counts.
Merengue A Latin marching dance from the Dominican Republic which employs Cuban Motion in multiple patterns using 8-count steps.
Bachata This dance from the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean is a basic dance sequence in a full 8 count moving within a square.
Hustle A faster swing dance based on the “disco ’70s”. Hustle is characterized by fast and fancy spins and turns for the responder.
Nightclub Two Step A slow and expressive dance created in the 1960’s danced in a Slow-Quick-Quick time. The classic “slow dance” at a disco.
Country & Western Two Step The country/western two-step, often called the “Texas two-step” or simply the “two-step,” is a country/western dance usually danced to country music.
Cha Cha
Waltz
Polka A fast and lively Bohemian dance of Polish origin with patterns containing three steps and a hop.
Shuffle
Triple Step
Swing