origin of the Waltz is rather obscure, but a dance of turns and glides.
This "mother of all dances" arrived in America during the early
1800's and was the first social dance where woman were actually held in a
man's arms. If you want to took elegant while
dancing then this is the dance for you. The Waltz develops "graceful
movement" and "poise.Ē Most every wedding reception, social
"black-tie" formal, and holiday party will step Waltz music and
This dance was created by Harry Fox for a stage show in New York in 1912, and was called ``Rhythm Dancing''.
Today it is still the most popular of all social dances. Some people refer
to the Fox Trot as the "Slow Dance" or the "Two-Step"
because it is performed to slower music (30 bars/minute) and contains the
walks and pivots. It serves as a good foundation for social dances because
of its closeness and conversation ability at the same time.
(Single time Swing): This popular
dance emerged in the late 1920ís. It was first known as the Lindy (in honor of Charles Lindbergh and his
historic flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Today in the ballroom, arena or
night club setting it is still based on two slow and two quick counts for
the dance, which make it easy and fun to learn.
The West Coast Swing is the state dance of California. It's
origins are definitely from Lindy Hop but have changed much through the
years. It has a distinctive "dancing in a slot" approach. It
derives from the San Diego dance halls as far back as 1938. The kicking
jitterbugs would frolic in the center of the floor, with the smooth dancers
grooving on the periphery. Many US Navy personnel explored the smooth
style, or were just either too intoxicated or lazy to do anything but let
the woman go back and forth.
By the '50s,
Rhythm & Blues had become the standard WCS dance music. However, '50s
R&B sure was not as it is today! Still there are plenty of WCS dancers
who still enjoy this smooth style swing to music.
English dance teacher visited Cuba in 1952, he realized that sometimes the
Mambo was danced with extra beats, it was referred to as the triple
Mambo. The name Cha Cha is derived from the
sound of the feet in the chasse.. By 1954 it had
evolved into a dance all its own. It's a must know style of dance, an all time favorite of Latin
This is a
name for a type of Latin music, which, for the most part, has its roots in
Cuban culture and is enhanced by jazz textures. The word, Salsa, means
sauce denoting a "hot" flavor and is best distinguished from
other Latin music styles by defining it as the New York sound developed by
Puerto Rican musicians in New York. It is a peppery version of the Mambo
but Salsa is performed to a fiery, faster tempo. It is high-energy, lots of fun and is appealing to more and more
dancers in this area.
The dance of the Dominican Republic is 2/4 time with syncopation of the
first beat interpreted by the dancers as a slight limp. It became popular
This dance had itís
origin when African slaves were being imported to Cuba. This dance
emphasizes the movements of the body rather than the feet. The steps are made with a slightly bent knee which, when
straightened, causes the hips to sway from side to side in what has come to
be known as "Cuban Motion". Rumba is an ever increasingly popular
romantic Latin dance because of its closeness.
Tango is a dance, music and poetry that
originated in Buenos Aires at the turn of the century. Buenos Aires was
very poor city, with almost penniless immigrants coming to make their
fortunes on the plains of Argentina or Uruguay, failing and ending up in
the cities. The First World War was a hiatus
to the development.
Basic (sometimes simply called the Tango Basic) is a simple combination of
two slow walks and a "Tango Close". The five steps are counted
"Slow, Slow, Quick Quick Slow",
resulting in a total of 8 counts. When social Tango was first introduced,
many instructors used a simple vocal cue to help their students remember
the steps: "T - A - N - G - O", or "Walk, Walk, Tan - Go
- Close". The latter cue would help beginners remember when to
close the feet, and thus the term Tango Close came to describe the last
dramatic, and exciting and is known as the Dancer's Dance. 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
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
It is danced with
two quick steps and two slow steps. It is a lively western dance made
popular by the film "Urban Cowboy." The dance itself is a walking
dance, which has its roots in American foxtrot and swing. More complex
forms of the Texas two-step include lots of spins and turns with your
Now hereís dancing anyone can do and it requires no partners. Steps
are normally done in groups of 4 but not always, so if you can count to 4,, you can certainly line dance with the best on
Zumba was accidentitly
created by Colombia-born Alberto "Beto"
Perez . While teaching an aerobics class in
his native Cali in 1986 , he discovered he
had forgotten his usual music. So he dug through his bag of tapes and
grabbed a mix of salsa and meringue music he personally liked to dance
to. Zumba, is now the hottiest class in
health clubs and exercise studios from Miami to Los Angeles and everywhere
in between because of the latin music used it. It
has No Complex Choreography and is safe for
a range of ages and fitness levels because the steps can be modified so
that it's very low-impact.