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Dancing Styles

The Language of Dance

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There are generally two styles of ballroom dancing: Smooth Dances and Rhythm Dances. No matter the tempo and style, dancing is the best way to rekindle an existing relationship; build self esteem; engage in a creative outlet; work on knowing someone better or even find your soul mate on the dance floor.

Smooth / Standard Dances

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Most ballroom dances travel counterclockwise around the floor. They require as much, or more, strength and control as the rhythm dances. Smooth dances are elegant and graceful and generally performed as “The First Dance” for wedding. Not to mention, they can be real calorie burners.

Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz 

Rhythm / Latin Dances

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The rhythm dances, also known as the Latin dances, are typically the first dances requested. Fueled by movies (such as Dirty Dancing, Havana Nights, and Dance With Me), these fast rhythms are associated with Salsa, Swing, and Cha-Cha. These dances are the most popular in mainstream Latin clubs and require high energy, a lot of movement with your hips and the desire to throw caution to the wind and let the Latin sounds move you.

However, the slow tempo dances like Bolero and Rumba can also provide just as much fun and excitement as the faster paced Latin sensations.

Cha-Cha, Rumba, Salsa, Mambo, Samba, Merengue, Bolero, Paso Doble, Swing (East, West, Hustle, and more)

The above styles are also known as “American Style” and “International Style” of ballroom dancing.

American Style can be divided into Smooth and Rhythm and International Style can be divided into Standard and Latin.

For more information regarding styles taught at our studios, please contact your nearest location.