Salsa is the Spanish word for “sauce” denoting a “spicy” and “hot” flavor to this popular dance style. Salsa is considered the national music and dance of Puerto Rico. The fusion of an Afro-Cuban beat with enhanced jazz textures results in an aggressive high energy pulse which has become popular everywhere. Many of the patterns are closely related to those of the Mambo and Cha-Cha.
The Swing is a spot dance with a carefree relaxed style and is a dance easily mastered by most people. After mastering the patterns, both men and women will find Swing a fun and exciting dance to learn and practice. Perhaps the most uniquely American of all dances, the Swing brings forth a buoyant carefree movement. It’s one of the dances that becomes contagious.
The Tango is one of the most beautiful of all the dances. It is characterized by earthy and dramatic movements. In order to achieve the distinctive style of Tango, it is important to develop controlled staccato footwork along with fluid graceful movements. The unique rhythm of the music is great training for timing and phrasing which develops as the dancer becomes more proficient.
Hustle originated in the 1970's Disco Era and was popularized by John Travolta in the movie “Saturday Night Fever.” Both the music and the dance swept the country like wildfire, and although the white suits and gold chains have faded away, the dance has stayed, giving us the fusion of Swing and Disco. Hustle is still one of the most popular nightclub dances across the country today.
Waltz develops balance and control. The basic Waltz steps are the foundation patterns used in most ballroom dances. Correct posture, rise and fall, and flowing movements should be stressed to achieve good styling. The elegant sweeping movement of the Waltz gives dancers a chance to practice balance and to move lightly with ease.
The Bachata originated in the countryside of the Dominican Republic. It emerged from the music being played in the night clubs during the 1960’s. Nowadays, influences of Argentine tango and Zouk have inspired new bachata movements and patterns which make this dance even more romantic and creative.
The Cha-Cha adds fun to your dancing through its syncopated steps and many open movements. When you can dance many interesting combinations with ease, you and your partner will be able to feel the pulsating Latin rhythms which make this dance so fascinating. The energetic rhythm of the Cha-Cha encourages you to cut loose and let your personality show.
Merengue develops Cuban Motion and the ability togue is the simplest dance to learn. It’s uncomplicated timing makes it easy to feel the music. adapt to any partner. It is the only Latin dance that combines one-step timing with Cuban Motion and therefore is a help to all Latin dances. The march type beat sharpens timing and coordination and the proper use of the accent will develop a clearer interpretation of musical rhythm.
Here at Arthur Murray, we have an entire Country Western Syllabus that teaches many of the popular dances.The following is a list of dances found in our Country Western Syllabus: PROGRESSIVE TWO STEP, COUNTRY WESTERN WALTZ, COUNTRY SWING, TEXAS TWO-STEP, COUNTRY SHUFFLE, and more!
The Foxtrot posture is attractive in appearance and helpful to all other dances. 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.
Learning the Rumba is a prerequisite for good Latin dancing. The Cuban Motion is essential in most Latin dances. The Rumba is used by good dancers everywhere and provides interesting variety suited to a limited space. Neat, attractive, precise footwork gives you confidence in your dancing. The Rumba will sharpen your sense of rhythm, timing, and muscular control.
Originally a Spanish dance in ¾ time, it was changed in Cuba into 2/4 time and then eventually into 4/4 time. It is now present as a very slow type of Rumba rhythm. This dance is often said to have the rise and fall of Waltz, the contra-body motion of Tango, and the rhythm of Rumba. It is a favorite of dancers, as it incorporates many techniques similar to other dances to create a slow, sensual, romantic dance.
At Lincolnshire Arthur Murray, we are experts in partner dancing. Whether you are looking to dance swing, Latin, ballroom, or country, we a trained in all styles! If you are looking for the graceful and elegant dances, you may be interested in the Smooth and Standard. If you are looking for more romantic and connection, then you should try the Rhythm and Latin dances. Below is a list of several of the dances we teach. For a complete list of dances we offer, contact our studio for more information.