Below are two of our instructors demonstrating some of the dances we teach. These are not choreographed routines, they are dancing "freestyle" or "lead and follow".
Salsa is the most popular social Latin American dance in the world. It's easy to learn and a lot of fun.
It's a quick dance with countless combinations of figures that encourage partners to stay close. There are many different versions of salsa the most popular being LA style, New York style and Cuban Salsa.
All are danced to rhythmically complex salsa music that accents specific beats in the measure.
Originally a forbidden dance, the Waltz was the first dance that involved a couple dancing in close contact. The Waltz first became fashionable in Vienna around the 1780s, spreading to many other countries in the years to follow.
The Waltz (especially its closed position) became the example for the creation of many other ballroom dances. This is a beautiful and graceful dance.
Some dancers consider Rumba the most sensual Latin dance, for its relatively slow rhythm and exaggerated hip movements. This one is great for small or busy floors, and can be danced to a large selection of modern music.
This is a great social dance because of the variety of music it can be danced to and its natural walking motion. The Foxtrot is a great introduction to ballroom dancing and it’s quite often one of the first dances we’ll show to a new student.
With less emphasis on technique and more emphasis on having fun, this dance is a must for the social dancer. Once you can dance the basic step the rest is easy, and with all the spins and hand changes there’s no shortage of steps to keep adding to your repertoire. Just like the fast Latin dances this one will give you a great workout.
The teacher Pierre Lavelle from the United Kingdom, a founder of the Latin American Faculty of the ISTD, visited Cuba in 1952 to discover Mambo (some say, Rumba) danced with the triple step in place of the slow one.
He brought this dance idea to Europe and eventually created what is known now as ballroom Cha-cha-cha. The music for the ballroom Cha-cha is energetic and with a steady beat. Mastering the Cha-cha will give you a solid understanding of Latin body motion.
Bachata is a style of dance that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is danced widely all over the world. There are a number of different versions of this dance and it although traditionally danced to Bachata Music, it can be danced to a wide variety of modern dance music.