American Smooth / International Standard Ballroom Dancing
The oldest dance in our curriculum, the waltz was the only dance to survive the Ragtime Revolution of the 1900’s. The Waltz is danced to a three count, and is one of the most graceful and elegant dances of today.
This is one of the most important dances you will ever learn. The Foxtrot moves smoothly across the floor, and is danced to Big Band or Jazz music so it will come in handy the next time you find yourself at a wedding or on a cruise.
The passionate and dramatic Tango made its first appearance in 1910. This highly stylized ballroom dance has been popularized in many Hollywood movies.
The Quickstep is considered the Champagne and Fireworks of the smooth dances. It first appeared in the 1920s, and is a very fast moving dance. Dancing to fast Big Band music, Quickstep dancers will run, hop and skip across the floor. It is great fun, but it will leave you out of breath!
The Viennese Waltz, as we know it today, was first danced in the courts of European Royalty during the Strauss era (1800s). Couples dancing the Viennese Waltz whirl around the floor to the left and right, and because of the speed of the movement, this dance will leave you breathless.
It was introduced to the United States (originating from Cuba) in 1954, and by 1959 Americans were "gaga over Cha Cha", with dance studios reporting it to be their most popular dance. It is generally danced in a smaller area of the dance floor, and with North American influence, it has become a very exiting "let yourself go" type of dance, and can be danced to much of today's popular music.
The Rumba is often referred to as "the dance of love". It is the classic of the Latin American dances, originating in Cuba. The Rumba is danced in a small confined area of the dance floor to slow music, and is characterized by a smooth and subtle movement of the hips.
The Swing, originally called the Lindy Hop, was born in the southern United States, and is the most famous American folk dance. Swing is a fast and fun dance that could be danced to the rock and roll from the 1950’s all the way to the modern pop songs of today. Without question, the swing will always be around.
No other dance from south of the border has ever attained the instantaneous popularity that the zestful Mambo did when it was first introduced from Cuba. Made popular with its club-like flare, this fun and carefree dance with its unlimited variety of movements, steps and spins it is one of the most exciting dances of all time.
Since the 1930s Merengue is readily recognized as the national dance of the Dominican Republic. Whatever age the contagious beat causes the adrenaline to rise and you can imagine yourself dancing bare foot to the pulse of a Caribbean sunset.
This dance is disco balls, flared pants and John Travolta all in one! Over the years it has developed into a fun and lively dance with lots of spins and turns. Being able to be danced to many popular songs of today, it is a must for any social dancer to learn.
When the Samba was imported from Brazil into the United States in 1929, it became an overnight sensation. The intoxicating rhythm makes the Samba festive and lighthearted, and it brings to mind pictures of the "Carnival in Rio".