We will provide you with a show to remember in any style of dancing you like, including but not limited to:
- Argentine Tango
Below you can find a detailed description for each one of the mentioned dance styles.
DANCE SHOW STYLE DESCRIPTION
In the DanceSport, the five typical internatoinal Latin dances that are included in the competition are rumba, samba, paso doble, cha-cha-cha, and jive. Each of them have their own distinct steps, and judges are very particular about the technical components.
However, each Latin dance also requires a corresponding expression, hand movements, energy, and passion. At its core, dancing is telling a story.
Hailing from Brazil, the dance is derived from the Carnival dance of the same name done by single dancers during the festival. The music is rhythmically textured, and the dance is famous for its rolls, Samba “bounce”, and unusual steps. We don’t think it will be long before you claim Samba as your favorite too!
A dance of Cuban origin, the Cha Cha is one of the most fun and versatile of all the Latin dances. Danced to authentic Cuban Cha Cha music or more modern Latin rock, the Cha Cha takes it’s name from the syncopated (stressing a normally weak) beat in the music and also the sound the dancers feet make while dancing during this syncopation. Cha Cha is considered to be one of the faster Latin dances and is characterized by sharp leg actions and body movements.
Derived from a Cuban dance known as the “Bolero-son”, our modern day International Rumba was developed and codified for the most part by an Englishman named Walter Laird, who is also the author of the book “Technique of Latin Dancing”. This dance is striking for its use of slow and very quick rhythms at the highest level, and is a favorite of many dancers. Rumba is considered the most sensual of the latin dances and is frequently referred to as “the dance of love.” Its body rhythm and leg action is very developed, making it a very stylized dance as well.
Done only in the International style, the Paso Doble is a unique dance representing the spanish Matador (leader) and his Cape (follower). Generally learned only for competitive purposes, the Paso Doble is danced to music played during the entrance of the matadors into the ring at the beginning of a bullfight. It is a highly stylized dance, with specific choreography containing typical Spanish arm styling as well as Flamenco elements. Paso Doble is a very entertaining dance to watch!
Jive originated in the United States from African Americans in the early 1940s. It is a lively and uninhibited variation of the Jitterbug, a form of Swing. Many of its basic patterns are similar to those of the East Coast Swing with the major difference being a higher speed and a greater use of kick sequences. The Jive is the fastest dance we perform, has fabulous Swing or Rockabilly music.
There are 5 dances , each has a different character and feeling. Read below about each dance….
The Waltz– (from the German “walzen”, meaning to roll, turn or glide) was the first dance in which the man and lady danced with body contact. Waltz has materialized into two accepted forms known as Modern Waltz and Viennese Waltz both in keeping with the main characteristics of the dance, though at different tempos. The Modern or Slow Waltz is done at a slower tempo, with long gliding steps, fewer turns, and more backward and forward movements. The waltz is danced to ¾ time music, has an elegant rise and fall action and swaying to the sides. It has a graceful and romantic feel.
The Tango – Developed from many cultural influences beginning in Spain, Morocco, then Buenos Aires, Argentina, Paris and finally standardized in New York. It was popularized by Vernon & Irene Castle right before WWI and then by Rudolph Valentino in a silent movie. The tango is a dramatic dance with both cat-like and staccato movements. Done in a close hold with bent knees, the tango is danced to 4/4 time music together with a marching rhythm and is phrased into 16 or 32 beats much like telling a story.
The Viennese Waltz is a rotary dance where the dancers are constantly turning either toward the leader's right (a natural turn) or toward the leader's left (a reverse turn), interspersed with non-rotating change steps to switch between the direction of rotation. A true Viennese waltz consists only of turns and change steps. Therefore, there are three key elements to this dance.
Other moves such as the fleckerls, American Style figures, and side sway or underarm turns are modern inventions and are not normally danced at the annual balls in Vienna. Furthermore, in a properly danced Viennese Waltz, couples do not pass, but turn continuously left and right while travelling counterclockwise around the floor following each other.
The Foxtrot – Sometimes called the dance of Fred and Ginger, the Foxtrot made its first appearance during vauldeville time, when it was danced to ragtime music. Modifications came when realized that ‘’trotting” couldn’t be sustained for long periods of time. It evolved into a smooth and stylish dance much like the waltz, however, it is characterized with both slow gliding steps as well as quick steps with an easygoing look and feel. It is danced to 4/4 time and has two rhythms which make it adaptable to many different music styles.
The Quickstep’s fusion of movements that include Charleston, shag and swing make it a great dance to do when a swing, Lindy hop, Charleston, East Coast swing, jitterbug or shag is played at a ballroom dance venue and there is adequate space to move around the dance floor. Quickstep routines have been performed to songs like Sing, Sing, Sing and Zoot Suit Riot by the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. Along with the Viennese waltz, the Quickstep might be described as the closest thing to flying without wings since it looks as though the couple is flying across the dance floor.