TwoStep is a great Country Western dance that progresses counter-clockwise around the perimeter of the floor. The timing for TwoStep is quick, quick, slow, slow with the leader staring with the left foot and the follower mirroring her partner's steps, starting with the right foot. The basic frame for TwoStep is similar to Waltz or Foxtrot and the majority of the time, the follower will be stepping backward around line of dance (LOD) as the leader is stepping forward. In the beginning, you will learn the basic footwork, your framework, how the dance travels on the dance floor and other basic moves. As you progress through the levels, you will learn the many fun turns that can be added to TwoStep that make this such a fun dance to learn and to watch.
Nightclub 2Step Nightclub 2Step was developed during the Disco Club era to be able to dance to the beautiful, slow ballads, therefore it doesn't travel around the floor like Country TwoStep. Nightclub 2Step is a linear dance where the couple dances side to side and the dance can turn or "travel" based on whether the leader "changes sides" with the follower. the rhythm for Nightclub 2Step is slow, quick, quick....slow, quick, quick. Nightclub 2Step has many turns similar to Rumba or Salsa but it also has many traveling moves & turns. You can dance Nightclub 2Step to many genres of music - Country, Latin, Pop....so it is a beautiful and very fun dance to learn.
Country Swing Country Swing is fast-paced and fun dance. It is a 4 count Swing so it does not change rhythm...you are literally stepping to every beat of the music. It is danced to many country songs but can also be danced to other types of songs that have a good, solid, 4 count rhythm. There are many, many turns in Country Swing for both the leader and the follower and is a great dance for Beginners to learn because of the solid rhythm. This is always one of the most popular dances that we teach, so we hope you can join us in our next sesssion.
The rhythm for Triple TwoStep is similar to Eastcoast Swing or Tripletime Swing. Triple TwoStep progresses around the floor counter clockwise, like TwoStep and Waltz, but the step will be - triple step, triple step, walk, walk or 1 uh 2, 3 uh 4, walk, walk. Triple TwoStep can be danced to many Polka songs, but significantly slows down the dance, because of the walk, walk, This is easily one of our dancers favorite dancers because it can be danced to so many of the fun country music songs today. As with other Beginning classes, you will learn the basics in the beginning and go on to learn many fun couple turns and combinations as you progress to other levels of dancing.
Fox Trot is a basic dance from which you can acquire a foundation and travels around the floor like you would in TwoStep. Many people intermingle Foxtrot and TwoStep, but they have very different characteristics. While the timing is the same as TwoStep, in Foxtrot, we start off with slow, slow, and finish on the quick, quick. The Fox Trot posture is more formal and will be helpful to all other dances. While the rhythms are similar, in Foxtrot you will find more "together" or "couple turns" in Foxtrot. And, while you can dance the Foxtrot rhythm to many styles of music, it is especially beautiful when danced to ballroom or big band music. Being able to dance to slow, medium, and fast tempos will add confidence to your dancing and will assure fun and relaxation for your partner. The Fox Trot provides a good foundation for all dances and is often called the "get-acquainted" or "first impression" dance.
Waltz is danced in 3/4 timing, which means it is counted 1,2,3 - 4,5,6 rather than in 4's or 8's. In Waltz you progress on each step of the music and contains great posture, rise and fall, flowing movements and graceful styling. The Waltz progresses around the floor counter-clockwise around the floor and the elegant, sweeping movement gives dancers and opportunity to practice balance and to move lightly, with ease. We teach mostly progressive Waltz, so there are many turns, side by side movements, hesitations, and there will be alternate timing movements as you progress through the levels of dancing.
Rumba is a box rhythm dance and is easily one of our favorite dances. Rumba is danced in the center of the floor, as are most non-progressive dances. The rhythm is slow, quick, quick - slow, quick, quick. When learning the basic dance, you will learn the rhythm, the frame and basic moves. As you progress through your classes, you will learn more about Cuban motion and that it essential for good Latin dancing. Rumba can be danced to many genres of music and is the dance of choice for many Wedding couples, because of the slow rhythms of the music. Rumba is a great dance to learn because it can be danced on small, crowded dance floors and/or limited space, it is great if you are on a cruise, at a Wedding dance, at a small disco in a hotel, etc. As you progress, you will learn muscle control and you will sharpen your sense of rhythm, and timing.
ChaCha The ChaCha will add fun to your dancing and has many syncopated steps and movements. The rhythm for ChaCha is 1,2,3 - 4&, 1,2,3 - 4& -with the 1,2,3 all being quick steps and the 4& being a slow so you hold the step longer. The frame for ChaCha is similar to that of Rumba but you will move more quickly though the basic step and the many turns involved in ChaCha. There are many fun open movements and "shine movements" in ChaCha when you will not be connected. ChaCha should make you feel the pulsatingLatin rhythm of the music and encourage you to cut loose and let your personality show.
Salsa, as you know, is the Spanish word for "hot or spiciy" and that is exactly what this popular dance is as you dance Salsa to the many rhythms in the music. Salsa is a "street-style" dance so the frame is much more relaxed. The Salsa does not travel around the floor and can be danced in a very small space. The rhythm for Salsa is 1,2,3 - 5,6.7 - meaning you step on 3 and hold the 4 and you step on 7 and hold the 8 - so, quick, quick, slow - quick, quick, slow....but in Dance Classes, it will always be counted as 1,2,3 - 5,6,7. Salsa is considered the national music and dance of Puerto Rico with an infusion of Afro-Cuban beat with enhanced jazz textures resulting in an aggressive, high energy dance that is popular everywhere. As you progress through the levels there are many fun turns and movements and many will be closely related to the movements in ChaCha.
Merengue Merengue is another fun Latin dance with the most basic of footwork....1,2,3,4 with the partners stepping on each beat of the music. The uncomplicated timing makes it easy to feel the music and adapt to their partner. Merengue is the only dance that combines one-step timing with Cuban motion and therefore will help you learn Cuban motion for all other Latin dances styles. The march type of beat (similar to Country Swing) sharpens timing skills and coordination and the proper use of the accent will develop a clearer interpretation of the musical rhythm. Many, many fun songs to dance Merengue....make sure you add this fun dance to your list of "dances to learn".
Argentine Tango Argentine Tango originated in the West Indies where it was danced only by the lowest classes. The name is from the African Tanganya. The dance found its way into Argentina where it was re-created by the Gauchos in Buenos Aires. It was actually an attempt on their part to imitate the dance except that they danced it in a closed ballroom position. The timing and dance position for Argentine Tango is different from other dances that we teach with many flicks and kicks and very fun moves.
Westcoast Swing Westcoast Swing is undoubtedly the most popular dance in the World. Westcoast Swing is made up of many rhythms, syncopations and fun dance steps. In the basics of Westcoast Swing, you will learn 6 count and 8 count patterns with the most common patterns being the Sugar Push, the underarm and left-side pass, which are all 6 count basic patterns and the whip is an 8 count basic pattern. Westcoast Swing is a "slotted" dance and has a push pull action - or compressed & leveraged moves. Basic moves will start with a walk, walk (1,2) and finish with an "anchor step" but the "center part" of the dance can have many different "fillings". Because of the different rhythms and the unending various number of moves, we always offer Beginning Westcoast Swing in a 3 month series and recommend that you attend each week. This is a fun, fun dance with never ending new moves so once you learn the basics, you will be back for more
Eastcoast Swing is another fun Swing dance and, like all Swing dances, is danced in the center of the floor to allow those who may want to dance a progressive dance room to travel around the dance floor. Eastcoast Swing has the same timing as Triple TwoStep but is counted 1uh2, 3uh4, rock step with the rock step "finishing" each move or pattern of the dance. Because Eastcoast Swing can be dance to many styles and various speeds of music, it is and excellent dance to learn for mastering quick footwork and understanding the importance of good leading and following skills. Eastcoast, as many other Swing dances, can be danced in both closed and open Swing hand holds and after mastering the footwork and patterns, both leaders and followers find it to be a fun dance to learn & practice. Eastcoast Swing incorporates "lilt" into the character of the dance is a fun & contagious style of dancing.
Singletime Swing Singletime Swing has a ryhthm of slow, slow, quick, quick.....much like TwoStep but it does not travel arouod the floor. When the music gets faster, what do we do? We slow the dance down with Singletime Swing. Singletime Swing is very popular among students who have never danced before and want to learn basic footwork. Like the footwork, the turns in Singletime Swing are very basic, with the leader and the follower constantly changing places so there is only a 180 degree turn for either of them, when turning. This is a great dance to learn for many of the good old rock & roll songs.
Jitteberbug or Doubletime Swing Doubletime Swing is danced to more upbeat music and involves a tap in the footwork. So the rhythm of Jitterbug is tap, step - tap, step, rock step. The music for Jitterbug is very lively, very upbeat and lots of fun. Jitterbug - not to be confused with Lindy Hop - is a highly energetic and expressive dance. It is great on crowded dance floors as it is danced in a small space....lots of fun turns and spins and just an all around fun dance.
Hustle The Hustle originated during the Disco era and is still danced in many clubs today. The count for the Hustle is uh 1, 2, 3 - uh 1, 2. 3 with the slot being in front of the leader. The follower is constantly moving in the slot and the leader, many times is pivoting around the follower and moving from one side to the other to continue the rhythm of the dance. Small steps are very important in this dance as the music can be very fast. The dance is characterized by moving from dance moves in hold to dance moves in closed Hustle position. Because the frame for the Hustle is more advanced, in Group Classes, we teach Hustle only to our Beg/Intermediate and Intermediate level dancers. If you want to learn the Hustle as a Beginning dancer, you will need to take Private Dance Lessons.