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American Waltz

The real 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 dance.

Fox Trot

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.

Jitterburg

(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.

West Coast Swing

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.

 Cha Cha

When the 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 dance.

Salsa

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.

Merengue

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 in 1957.

Rumba

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  

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.

The Tango 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 three steps.

It's 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 music.

Texas  2 Step 

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.

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 partner.

Line Dancing  

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 them. 

Zumba   

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.