Dances

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West Coast Swing & Other Dances

West Coast Swing

West coast Swing (WCS) inspired by Lindy Hop.

A slotted dance in which the follower travels back and forth along a rectangle, or slot. This danse characterized by stretch, improvisation between partner and with music. 

WCS is popular because it's possible to dance to different kind of music : RnB, Pop, Rock, Dance, Soul, Funk, Blues...

 

Lindy Hop

Lindy Hop is perhaps the most popular swing dance, it's a street dance originated in Harlem.

Lindy Hop is a mix of different dances like Charleston...

and it used movement of couple and solo dance.

 

Boogie-Woogie

The Boogie-Woogie is a social jazz dance closely related to swing dancing. The Boogie-Woogie involves a six-beat dance pattern, usually called as "step, step, triple step, triple step," with the dancer traveling in a forward pattern while performing these counts. Originally developed as a style of blues music, the Boogie-Woogie is often danced to rock n' roll music.

Tap Dance

Tap is an exciting form of dance in which dancers wear special shoes equipped with metal taps. Tap dancers use their feet like drums to create rhythmic patterns and timely beats. The term "tap dancing" is derived from the tapping sound produced when the small metal plates on the dancer's shoes touch a hard floor or surface.

Salsa

Salsa (Spanish word means « sauce ») is a couple dance, a musical style but also a family of music (american-latino).

It's happy, quick and it's symbolized by "fiesta".

 

Standard Dances

Waltzes

There are two waltzes in Ballroom:

The first called Slow Waltz or English Waltz. 

Slow Waltz is a smooth progressive dance characterized by long, flowing movements, continuous turns, and rise & fall. Graceful and elegant, Waltz dancers glide around the floor almost effortlessly. Characterized by 3/4 times and  the tempo is slow at best, but the expressive quality of the music often invites very powerful and dynamic movement from dancers.

 

The second is Viennese Waltz, the classic, original Waltz often featured in old films. The elegance and charm of the Viennese Waltz reminds us of glamorous balls in the palaces of Europe. A waltzing couple rotates around the floor, revolving gracefully around each other. 

The Viennese Waltz is characterized by sweeping turns that move gracfully around the floor. This dance is known for its simple and elegant rotational movement.

Tango

One of the most fascinating of all dances, the tango is a sensual ballroom dance that originated in South America in the early twentieth century. The popularity of the tango has greatly increased over the years. Argentine Tango is much more intimate than Modern Tango, and is well-suited to dancing in small settings. "Ballroom Tango," characterized by strong, dramatic head snaps.

Slowfox

The Foxtrot was developed in the United States in the 1920’s. Named after its inventor, entertainer Harry Fox, the Foxtrot is often associated with the smooth dancing style of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It has become one of the most popular ballroom dances in history. A beautiful, romantic dance, the Foxtrot is composed of fairly simple walking steps and side steps. 

Quickstep

Much like a fast version of the Foxtrot, the Quickstep is a ballroom dance style composed of extremely quick stepping and syncopated feet rhythms in time to fast-paced music. Although difficult to master and perform, the Quickstep is lots of fun to watch.

 

Samba

Developed in Brazil during the 19th century, the Samba is considered the dance of celebration and joy. Lively and rhythmical, there are many types of Samba dances, just like there are many types of Samba music. Ballroom partner Samba, one of the popular latin dances in ballroom competitions, characterized by rapid steps taken on quarter beats and a rocking, swaying motion of the dancers.

Rumba

The Rumba is a very slow, serious, romantic dance with flirtation between the partners. Full of sensual movements, the Rumba is considered by many to be the sexiest of the ballroom dances. The Rumba spotlights the lady's rhythmic body movements and hip actions resulting in intense, almost steamy, scenes of passion.

Chachacha

This dance originated in Cuba in the 1940s . This is one of the most popular of the social Latin-American dances. Lively and flirtatious, the Cha Cha is full of passion and energy. The Cha Cha is a vibrant, flamboyant and playful dance. The light and bubbly feel of the Cha Cha gives it a unique sense of fun for dancers throughout the world.

Paso Doble

The Paso Doble originated in southern France and began gaining popularity in the United States in the 1930s. It's a lively dance modeled after the drama of the Spanish bullfight. Based on Flamenco dancing, the Paso Doble is both arrogant and passionate.

Jive

Originating in the United States in the 1940s, Jive was influenced by the Boogie, Rock & Roll, African/American Swing and Lindyhop. A lively, and uninhibited variation of Jitterbug, many of its basic patterns are similar to those of East Coast Swing.

Jive is a very happy, boppy, energetic dance, with plenty of knee-lifting, bending, and rocking of the hips.

Latin Dances

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