Depending on which track you desire to pursue (social or competitive), we offer a variety of classes catering to your individual goals and needs.

SOCIAL

AMERICAN STYLES

East Coast Swing

East Coast Swing (ECS) is a form of social partner dance that evolved from the Lindy Hop with the work of the Arthur Murray dance studios in the 1940's. East Coast Swing can be referred to by many different names in different regions of the United States and the World. It has alternatively been called Eastern Swing, Jitterbug, American Swing, Lindy (not to be confused with Lindy Hop) and Triple Swing.

 

Lindy Hop

The Lindy Hop is an American dance that evolved in Harlem, New York City in the 1920s and 1930s and originally evolved with the jazz music of that time. Lindy was a fusion of many dances that preceded it or were popular during its development but is mainly based on jazz, tap, breakaway and Charleston. It is frequently described as a jazz dance and is a member of the swing dance family. In its development, the Lindy Hop combined elements of both partnered and solo dancing by using the movements and improvisation of black dances along with the formal eight-count structure of European partner dances. 

 

Charleston

When the dance hit Harlem, a new version was added. It became a fast kicking step, kicking the feet, both forward and backward and later done with a tap." Further changes were undoubtedly made before the dance was put on stage.

 

Disco Hustle

Hustle is a fast, smooth, slotted dance noted for its elaborate spins and turns, especially for the lady. In Hustle, the lady spins almost constantly, while her partner catches her and redirects her movement. It is a rhythmically challenging dance, with an unusual timing pattern. Hustle is a club style dance that can be adapted to crowded nightclub dance floors.

 

West Coast Swing

Characterized by a laid-back and slotted style of movement, West Coast Swing is a smoother version of Swing. The dance utilizes steps and actions of the Swing adapted to fit rhythm-and-blues type music. 

LATIN STYLES

Argentine Tango

Argentine Tango is a more intensely intimate form of Tango where the couple dances cheek to cheek, using intricate, intertwining leg actions and fast foot flicks, giving the Argentine Tango a very sensual look and feel. Argentine Tango has become very popular in Latin nightclubs.

Mambo

The Mambo was born in Cuba, and is characterized by exciting rhythms, playful interactions and Latin-style hip motion. A unique feature of the Mambo is that the dancer holds the first beat in every measure. Most of the movements emphasize the second beat in the measure, suggestive of the Clave rhythm, which is fundamental to Mambo music.

Merengue

Merengue is a simple, fun dance that originated in the Dominican Republic. The Merengue is characterized by a marching style using a strong eight-count rhythm with a step on every beat, and lively leg, knee and hip actions characteristic of Latin dances. The simple march tempo is easy to hear and feel, and the music is charming and happy.

Salsa

The Salsa is a popular Latin nightclub dance that evolved as a modified form of Mambo. Salsa works on the basis of Mambo – a pattern of six steps danced over eight counts of music–and came about when dancers started mixing up Mambo with Hustle steps. Young people worldwide jam Latin clubs pulsating to today’s hot Salsa rhythms. Salsa dancing is characterized by fancy footwork, intricate arm styling, and exciting turns and spins.

Samba

Samba is a Latin dance with origins in Brazil, popularized in the movies of Carmen Miranda. Samba has very distinctive and varied rhythms occurring simultaneously within the song, which add richness as well listening excitement. The characteristic Samba movement is a bouncing action, achieved by the continuous flexing and straightening of the knees.

COMPETITIVE

INTERNATIONAL STANDARD

Waltz

Waltz might be the most popular dance of all time, since it is considered the forerunner of popular social dancing. The Waltz is a very common dance all around the world. Waltz music is romantic and lilting, distinguished by its one-two-three tempo (three beats of music per measure). Waltz is characterized by a rise and fall action, and is very commonly danced at weddings and other social events.

Tango

Born in the West Indies, stylized by the gauchos of Argentina, simmered in the brothels of Buenos Aires and transported to the elegant salons of Paris, the Tango is a highly stylized dance characterized by dramatic stalking actions, staccato head movements, and its contrast of stillness and speed. 

Foxtrot

The Foxtrot is the nation’s most popular dance, and a standard ballroom dance the world over. It is truly American in origin, invented in 1913 by Harry Fox, a star in the Ziegfield Follies. The foxtrot is characterized by smooth, gliding steps that progress around the ballroom floor. Foxtrot music can be smooth or swingy, Big Band style or contemporary. Foxtrot is the classic dance for wedding receptions and social events.

 

Viennese Waltz

Developed in Southern Germany in the 17th century, the Viennese Waltz blossomed to the music of Johann Strauss. Viennese Waltz is a fast paced version of the slow Waltz, characterized by rotational, progressive and dynamic movement accompanied by leg and body swing.

 

Quickstep

The name quickstep was adopted for the quick foxtrot, as the foxtrot music became slower and slower. Quickstep music is up-tempo and lively, and the dance is characterized by a variety of hops, skips, lock steps and chassés, requiring significant skill on the part of the dancer. The quickstep was also influenced by the Charleston, and contains some of the Charleston’s bounce and fancy foot patterns.

INTERNATIONAL LATIN

Cha Cha

An exciting, syncopated Latin dance which originated in the 1950′s, the Cha Cha is probably the most popular social Latin dance in America. The infectious, syncopated rhythm of the cha-cha-cha makes the dance a hit with young and old alike.

Samba

Most steps are danced with a slight downward bouncing or dropping action. This action is created through the bending and straightening of the knees, with bending occurring on the beats of 1 and 2, and the straightening occurring between. However, unlike the bouncing of, e.g., Polka, there is no considerable bobbing. Also, Samba has a specific hip action, different from that in ballroom Latin dances (Rumba and Cha-Cha-Cha).

Rumba

The Rumba is a slow and romantic Latin dance inspired by African rhythms and Latin melodies, and characterized by sensual hip and leg movements. Danced in one place, the Rumba shows off the couple’s skill through flirtatious interplay between man and lady.

Paso Doble

Paso Doble is a dramatic French-Spanish, Flamenco-style march danced in 2/4 time. The dance of the bullfight, the Paso Doble is an exhibition-style dance where the man represents the matador and the lady his cape.

Jive

Jive is a dance style in 4/4 time that originated in the United States from African-Americans in the early 1930s. It was originally presented to the public as ‘Jive’ in 1934 by Cab Calloway. It is a lively and uninhibited variation of the Jitterbug, a form of Swing dance.

AMERICAN SMOOTH

Cha Cha

An exciting, syncopated Latin dance which originated in the 1950′s, the Cha Cha is probably the most popular social Latin dance in America. The infectious, syncopated rhythm of the cha-cha-cha makes the dance a hit with young and old alike.

Rumba

The Rumba is a slow and romantic Latin dance inspired by African rhythms and Latin melodies, and characterized by sensual hip and leg movements. Danced in one place, the Rumba shows off the couple’s skill through flirtatious interplay between man and lady.

Swing

In many scenes outside the United States, the term “swing dancing” is used to refer to one, or all, of the following swing era dances: Lindy Hop, Charleston, Shag, and Balboa. This group is often extended to include West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Hand Dancing, Jive, Rock and Roll, elden Jive, and other dances developing in the 1940s and later.

Bolero

A slow Latin dance which originated as a form of Rhumba, and still shares many of the same figures. Bolero differs from Rhumba in its style of movement.

Mambo

The Mambo was born in Cuba, and is characterized by exciting rhythms, playful interactions and Latin-style hip motion. A unique feature of the Mambo is that the dancer holds the first beat in every measure. Most of the movements emphasize the second beat in the measure, suggestive of the Clave rhythm, which is fundamental to Mambo music.

AMERICAN RHYTHM

Waltz

Waltz might be the most popular dance of all time, since it is considered the forerunner of popular social dancing. The Waltz is a very common dance all around the world. Waltz music is romantic and lilting, distinguished by its one-two-three tempo (three beats of music per measure). Waltz is characterized by a rise and fall action, and is very commonly danced at weddings and other social events.

Tango

Born in the West Indies, stylized by the gauchos of Argentina, simmered in the brothels of Buenos Aires and transported to the elegant salons of Paris, the Tango is a highly stylized dance characterized by dramatic stalking actions, staccato head movements, and its contrast of stillness and speed.

Foxtrot

The Foxtrot is the nation’s most popular dance, and a standard ballroom dance the world over. It is truly American in origin, invented in 1913 by Harry Fox, a star in the Ziegfield Follies. The foxtrot is characterized by smooth, gliding steps that progress around the ballroom floor. Foxtrot music can be smooth or swingy, Big Band style or contemporary. Foxtrot is the classic dance for wedding receptions and social events.

Viennese Waltz

Developed in Southern Germany in the 17th century, the Viennese Waltz blossomed to the music of Johann Strauss. Viennese Waltz is a fast paced version of the slow Waltz, characterized by rotational, progressive and dynamic movement accompanied by leg and body swing.