Ballroom Dance Lessons
At beginners level you will learn the following Ballroom Dances:
This is considered to be the easiest of the Ballroom Dances to learn and can be danced to almost any piece of 4 beat music.
It is commonly used for Wedding Dances, is one of the first ballroom dances taught. It is a great way of building confidence and learning something that makes you feel like you can go out on the floor right away.
You will learn the basic steps, how to negotiate the corners and then add some turns and promenade walks to make your dance more interesting and look more elaborate.
Many people's favourite ballroom dance. The romantic Waltz is one of the most popular ballroom dances of all time. Considered by some as the mother of present day dances and the backbone dance of the ballroom dancing arena, the Waltz is the basis for many dances. Developed in Germany, the Waltz is popular all over the world. A truly romantic dance, the Waltz is comprised of soft, round, flowing movements.
As the name suggests, this dance is quick and there are a lot of steps.
Quickstep is often thought of as the "joy" dance of modern dancing. While the basic figures are quite simple, the tempo of the music and the whole character of the dance seem to invite a carefree interpretation of its bright rhythm. The beginner will find the basic steps easy to learn and easy to fit the music. The advanced dancer will discover that the music lends itself to an infinite variety of steps.
At improver level you can learn the following Ballroom Dances:
Ballroom or American Style Tango evolved as a ballroom dance from the sultry Argentine Tango danced by gauchos and prostitutes in the brothels of Buenos Aires. American Style Tango features sharp movements, head snaps, and a cat-like and stealthy foot action.
Like the Slow or English Waltz, Viennese Waltz is danced in ¾ time with a 1-2-3 rhythm. However, it is much faster and features a series of left and right turns as the couple whirl around the dance floor.
A beautiful, romantic dance, the foxtrot is composed of fairly simple walking steps and side steps. The dance combines slow steps, which use two beats of music, and quick steps, which use one beat of music. The footwork timing is usually "slow, quick, quick" or "slow, slow, quick, quick." The foxtrot must be danced very smoothly, with no jerking of the body. Timing is also a very important component of the foxtrot. As the foxtrot is more challenging than other styles of dance, it is usually recommended to master the waltz and quickstep prior to attempting it.
Latin Dance Lessons
At beginners level you will learn the following Latin Dances:
Jive dancing is a fast and very spirited Latin dance, made popular in the 1940s by young Americans who adopted the movements to fit with the emerging sounds of rock and roll. While there are many more complex movements in jive, some of which incorporate spinning or flipping the female dance partner, the basic movement is a well controlled, 6-count foot pattern that is actually easy to practice and eventually master.
Rumba is the dance of love. It is a sensual, romantic dance featuring Latin flair, and based on the box step. The music is generally Cuban-inspired, and classic, but easily adaptable to slow contemporary music.
Cha Cha Cha
Cha Cha is a rhythmic, lively, and flirtatious dance using small steps and quick turns that originally evolved from Mambo. The mood of cha cha music is catchy and happy and can be found not only in classic big band tunes but also in pop, R'nB, country, and rock 'n roll.
At improver level you can learn the following Latin Dances:
Pasodoble is a lively style of dance to the duple meter march-like music. It is modeled after the sound, drama, and movement of the Spanish and Portuguese bullfight. The traditional version of couple's dance originated in France and was later adopted in Spain and Portugal.
Argentine gauchos (cowboys) would dance with the prostitutes in what was then the world's first Milonga. Argentine Tango has evolved to become the extraordinary dance form that is today. It differs from American Style (or Ballroom) Tango in several ways.
Sequence dancing is a form of dance in which a preset pattern of movements is followed, usually to music which is also predetermined. Sequence dancing may include dances of many different styles. Many social dance venues play a mix of Ballroom, Latin and Sequence Dances so it is well worth getting to know a few of the most popular Sequence Dances
Other Dances & Private Lessons
There are many other ballroom and latin dances available but time prohibits their coverage in normal lessons.
If you have any specific requirements let us know. We can always provide private individual or group lessons seperately to the main classes.
We can also provide private dance lessons and choreograph any dance for your wedding, anniversary or any special occasion.
for more information or to book a private ballroom and latin dance lesson please contact us.