DANCES WE TEACH
CHA CHA is a rhythmical Latin dance that came to this country in the 1950's as a modified form of the Cuban Mambo. It's fun, energetic, sexy and flirtatious, easily distinguished from other dances by its "Step, Step, Cha Cha Cha" rhythm.
SAMBA originates in Brazil and is danced as a festival dance during celebrations. It was first introduced in the U.S. in the late 1920's in a Broadway play called "Street Carnival." Samba is characterized by a "bouncing" action and can be danced to many modern songs.
RUMBA is danced very slowly and has romantic, flirtatious overtones. It's often called the "dance of love." It is characterized by exaggerated use of Cuban motion (hip movements) and fluid arm styling.
TANGO music originated from Argentine, Brazilian and Spanish influences. In the late 19th century, the dance began in Buenos Aires as a pantomime of communication between prostitute and pimp. Europeans later adopted the Tango and it was danced in a less obscene and more socially acceptable manner. The ballroom style of tango is characterized by dramatic gestures and quick snaps of the head from one position to another.
WALTZ is a smooth, progressive dance characterized by long, flowing movements. Waltz is popularly known as the "traditional American wedding dance." The rise and fall technique and shoulder sways give the dance a floating quality.
SWING/JIVE is an all American dance originating in the 1920's with the African-American community. There are many forms of swing including East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Jitterbug and Jive. Swing dancing is characterized by its upbeat music and fun, playful nature.