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A polished first dance is a promising symbol of your future life together. Make your first dance as a wedded couple as unique and special as you are. Allow us to fashion the perfect dance for your special day.

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Ballroom Dances We Teach

Wouldn't it be nice to move smoothly around the room in the waltz or foxtrot, or dance an up-beat swing? Perhaps your interest goes to the hip-swaying slow and sultry rumba, or the quick and spicy salsa. Maybe you would like a little nightclub action, like 2-step or hustle. Wherever your dance interests lay, we can help you achieve your dance vision.

 

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Rhythm and Latin Dances
Rumba, Cha Cha, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Merengue, Jive, Samba, Mambo, Salsa, Paso Doble, and Bolero.

Smooth and Standard Dances
Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Quickstep, and Viennese Waltz.

Other Dances
Argentine Tango, Nightclub 2-Step, Hustle, and Country Western Dances.

 

Please see below for dance descriptions in alphabetical order.

Argentine Tango
A more authentic form of social Tango originating in Argentina and Uruguay that features improvisation and connection, has dramatic character, and is usually danced with lots of leg and foot action. Often danced as more of a spot dance rather than a progressive dance.

Arizona 2-Step
A smooth, lilting, progressive dance to Country-Western music. There are many forms of the Country 2-Step, with many regional variations.

Bolero
An American style of latin slow dance. The music is very similar to a slow rumba. The Bolero is very slow, expressive, and romantic. In terms of latin music and dance speed, the bolero is the slowest, followed by rumba, then cha-cha, with mambo the fastest.

Cha-cha
A dance with both American and International versions, the Cha-cha is fast and playful. The steps are similar to a mambo with an extra "cha-cha" double step in-between the forward and backward breaks. In terms of latin music and dance speed, the bolero is the slowest, followed by rumba, then cha-cha, with mambo the fastest.

East Coast Swing (Swing)
An American dance to swing and big band music. There are many styles, including the Jitterbug, the Lindy Hop, and the Shag. Often referred to as a "circular" dance, East Coast Swing is a spot dance.

Foxtrot
A ballroom dance with both American and International versions, the Foxtrot is a smooth dance to big band music. It features ease of movement and a smoothly flowing style that progresses counterclockwise around the dance floor.

Hustle
A fast smooth dance to Disco music. The lady spins almost constantly, and the man alternately draws her close and sends her away.

Jive
The International Latin version of East Coast Swing. A fast, bouncy, lively dance.

Mambo
A fast, snappy latin dance, very similar to Salsa, with compact steps. This dance originated in Cuba. In terms of latin music and dance speed, the bolero is the slowest, followed by rumba, then cha-cha, with mambo the fastest.

Merengue
A fast, lively latin dance where the dancers do marching steps.

Nightclub Two-Step
A romantic social dance to soft rock and pop love songs, not to be confused with Country Two-Step. It features a simple "one-and-two" count, and offers many variations for romantic expression.

Progressive Two-Step
A smooth, progressive dance to Country-Western music, often called the Texas 2-Step. The dance has a "quick, quick, slow, slow" pattern for dancing with 4/4 music, often called "step-together, walk, walk."

Quickstep
An International Standard (smooth) ballroom dance, very quick and lively. At the lower levels a combination of Waltz and Foxtrot, the dance at higher levels is comprised of hops, skips, and kicks. The dancers are continuously in a "closed" dance position, and progress quickly counterclockwise around the dance floor.

Paso Doble
An International Latin, theatrical dance, where the man acts like a Spanish bullfighter and the lady as his cape. The dance is arrogant and passionate.

Rumba
A dance with both American Rhythm and International Latin versions, the Rumba is a sensuous latin dance featuring body and hip movements. The Rumba is often referred to as "the dance of love." In terms of latin music and dance speed, the bolero is the slowest, followed by rumba, then cha-cha, with mambo the fastest.

Salsa
The social, smoother, playful version of Mambo. The steps and music are virtually identical at the lower levels, with Salsa often breaking on the "one" beat, whereas Mambo breaks on two. A popular club dance.

Samba
A lively South American dance with both American Rhythm and International Latin versions, the Samba has a travelling action around the floor with lots of spins and controlled bounces. This dance originated in Brazil.

Tango
A ballroom dance with both American Smooth and International versions, the Tango originated in the Bordellos of Buenos Aires. A dramatic dance featuring staccato movement of the feet with flexed knees, this dance progresses counterclockwise around the dance floor.

Viennese Waltz
A smooth ballroom dance, both in International Standard and American Smooth styles. Danced to quick 6/8 time music, the dancers whirl first one way and the other counterclockwise down the floor. This dance originated in mid-Europe.

Waltz
A smooth ballroom dance, in International Standard, American Smooth, and Country-Western styles. Originally a court dance, the romantic Waltz is danced to slow 6/8 time music. The dance features a smoothly flowing quality where the dancers progress counterclockwise down the floor in a series of spins and turns.

West Coast Swing
A swing dance for swing and rock music, the lady dances back and forth in a slot with the man as the pivot.

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