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Dance Styles

The Ballroom Dances

Waltz

Probably the most famous of all the dances, the Waltz is known and danced worldwide. Called the 'slow' Waltz or the 'English' Waltz.

Rhythm

The social Foxtrot is ideal for those crowded dance floors.

Foxtrot

Elegantly beautiful, suavely sophisticated and simply superb, the graceful Slow Foxtrot is the dance to which all Ballroom dancers aspire. Considered by many to be one of the most difficult of all the dances to master the Foxtrot offers challenges to all dancers.

Viennese Waltz

Elegant and beautiful the Viennese Waltz is the classic Waltz style captured in movies. As the name suggests it is linked to Vienna where the Aristocracy danced the Viennese Waltz to music by Strauss and other classical composers. Nowadays Viennese Waltz is still danced socially across the world, but more people now dance the 'slow' waltz.

Tango

The Ballroom Tango is a European development of the original Tango Argentina. Despite its image as a harsh and staccato dance, the Ballroom Tango has endured as the dance expression of some of the most romantic and popular music of all time.

Quickstep

The Quickstep followed hot on the heels of the Foxtrot as people began to dance the 'Quick' Foxtrot. Owing a lot of it's more advanced hops and kicks to the Charleston the Quickstep is fun, lively and energetic. A popular dance with almost all dancers.

The Latin American Dances 

Cha Cha

One of the most versatile and fun dances of the Latin American family. The Cha Cha originates from Cuba. It got its name from the sound the feet make on the floor as it is danced 'Cha Cha Cha'.

Samba

The Samba originated in Brazil and is the party dance of Rio. It is still danced extensively in Brazil, although the Samba that is danced in the Ballrooms and International competitions around the world is a far cry from the party dance of Brazil.

The Samba is one of the few progressive Latin dances. The music is lively and fun and the dance is often a popular choice amongst social dancers.

Rumba

The Rumba is the dance of love, although it can vary from flirtatious to true love. Rumba is the most romantic and passionate of the Latin American family.

Paso Doble

The Paso Doble is the dance of the Spanish bullfighter. It symbolises the battle between man and beast and portrays the man in a very macho image. The woman portrays the flowing action of the cape as the man does battle with the bull.

The music is distinctly Spanish in its origin and there is a definite flamenco style to the Paso Doble. Although fun to dance the Paso Doble has limited use as a social dance.

Jive

The Jive that most people think of, the one that is danced at family parties and weddings, is generally Rock 'n' Roll Jive. Danced to great, well-known tunes from the likes of Bill Halley and Elvis Presley the Jive is still enjoyed by thousands of people worldwide.

Jive has always been a dance of the times. As musical tastes have changed, so has the style of the dance while retaining its inherent structure and its universal appeal.

American Smooth 

Graceful, upbeat and sprightly, smooth and elegant are just a few of the words used to describe American Smooth.

This style that looks like you have walked into a Fred & Ginger movie, incorporates four of the International Ballroom dances - Waltz, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz and Tango.

Great for social dancing. Is also used for competition dancing.

New Vogue Sequence 

An Australian Style of sequence dancing using the standard rhythms of Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Marches and Tango. The dances are based completely on the technique of Ballroom dancing.

Mainly used for medal tests and competitions.

The Street Latin Dances

Salsa

It’s easy, it’s fun and it’s a man-woman thing. Hypnotic, pulsating Afro-Caribbean rhythms merge in a spicy cocktail of hot Latino music for some great partner dancing fun in one of the most popular Club dances of the millennium.

Originating from a blend of Cuban and Puerto Rican dance styles, this infectious music and easy dance style were made even more fun as Colombian Salsa was added into the mix. Now, the whole world’s doing it!

The steps are simple and uncomplicated. Dress is strictly casual and cool…. it’ll need to be… as the temperature soon rises whilst dancing Salsa! It’s a great way to make new friends.

American Club Style

An alternative to the 'Slow' social dance - perfect fpr medium and slow music. It is danced to popular music.

Mambo

Is a Latin dance of Cuba.

Merengue

This is the party dance of the Caribbean Dominican Republic. A very simple beat with very simple steps means you can be partying on the floor literally within less than a minute.