Dances We Teach
An offshoot of the Mambo, the Cha Cha (originally the cha-cha-cha) evolved out of popular movement in slow-tempo Mambo called the Triple Mambo. By 1954 it had evolved into a dance all its own. It’s a must style to know, the all time favorite latin dance.
Disco/ The Hustle
A kind of dancing more than a specific dance, Disco has strong roots in Swing, Samba, Cha Cha, Mambo, Merengue, Fox Trot and Tango. This free form style is still one of the most popular at all night clubs and socials.
Created in 1912 by Harry Fox, the Fox Trot was the first dance that permitted people to hold each other closer than arm’s length. If you think the term “dirty dancing” was a product of the 80s, think again. The Fox Trot was at first to be tagged “indecent” behavior.
Introduced by band leader Anselmo Sacaras in 1944, the Mambo – a merger of Swing and Rumba – didn’t really catch on until the 1950s and it remains very popular today.
First known as the Lindy (in honor of Charles Lindberg and his historic hop across the Atlantic), this perennially popular dance emerged the late 1920’s. You can Rock & Roll with Swing.
Rudolph Valentino single-handedly danced this Latin import into nationwide popularity beginning in 1910. The Tango with all its staccato movements, greatly improves a man’s lead or a woman’s ability to follow (respond) and develops a strong sense of feeling for music.
The Rumba is an ever increasingly popular romantic Latin dance dating back some 400 years ago, and is better known as the Latin get acquainted dance or the dance with the wiggle.
A peppery version of the Mambo laced with steps from other Latin dances. The Salsa is performed to a fiery, faster tempo. Some call it a form of Latinized Rock and Roll. It’s high-energy and all fun.
A street Festival dance that originated in Brazil, the Samba was introduced to the United States in the late 1920’s in a Broadway play called “Street Carnival.”
This “mother of all dances” originated in Italy in the 1600’s as a round dance called the Volte. Every wedding reception, social “black-tie” formal and holiday party includes Waltz steps.
The two-step is a step found in many folk dances, and in various other dances. It seems to take its name from the 19th century dance related to the Polka. Some types of two-step, or related steps, are named “lock step”.