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Rhythm and Latin Dances

Couple Dancing In Dance StudioLearn the sexy magic of Latin and Rhythm dancing from our team of experienced instructors. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned dancer, learning the sensual movements of Rhythm and Latin dances is just a few lessons away. With 13 styles of Rhythm and Latin dance taught at the Arthur Murray Lincolnshire Dance Center, we can help you find the class to provide the zest you are looking for.

What is Latin Dancing?

Latin dance features two main categories known as American Rhythm dances and International Latin dances. Both dance categories include combinations of fast-paced, high-energy movements and slow, sensual movements, done to dynamic, rhythmic music.

Both international Latin and American Rhythm include dances that originate from Afro-Cuban and Central American cultures as well as Brazilian, Spanish and American jazz influences. While both styles can be danced competitively, American Rhythm styles are better suited for social dancing.

Types of Latin and Rhythm Dances

Both styles include multiple dances. Our friendly and highly skilled team of dance instructors have undergone rigorous training and can teach these dances to students of any level. Here are American Rhythm dance styles we suggest you try:

  • American Rumba: Based on a box step, this dance is the most essential of all American Rhythm dances. It teaches precision footwork, sensual hip action, posture and arm styling. Because Rumba music is slower, it’s a great place to focus the details of these movements.
  • American Cha-Cha: Originally derived from the Mambo in the clubs of New York City, American Cha-Cha is a fun, fast-paced dance characterized by open movements and syncopated steps. The hip actions and arm stylings are essentially the same as American Rumba – just at a faster pace. It is great fun as a social dance or for competitions.
  • Triple/East Coast Swing: All Swing dances originated in the 1920s in American jazz clubs. East Coast Swing, commonly known as Triple Swing, is based on a triple step action and a rock step. Characterized by swinging hips and multiple spinning and turning actions, Triple Swing is great for social events and can be danced to lots of contemporary music.
  • Mambo: Originating in Afro-Cuban cultures, this is the mother of American Rhythm dancing. All American Rhythm hip action originated here and is referred to as Cuban motion. Mambo music comes in a variety of speeds, from slow almost Rumba-like to almost too fast to dance to. Mambo gave birth to Cha-Cha in New York and Salsa in Puerto Rico making it one of the original Rhythm dances.
  • Bolero:

    Originally a genre of music popular in Spain, Cuba and Latin America, this dance is as slow and sensual as they come. Danced in a very close body position, Bolero combines elements of hip action from Rumba and the rise and fall of Waltz. It is elegant, sensual, and athletic.

    The International Latin dance styles are more for competition. When you learn International Latin dancing, you are focusing on fewer patterns and more strenuous competition-based technique. If American dance styles represent your fun uncle, the international styles are more like a very strict father.

Here are International Latin dance styles we suggest you try:

  • International Rumba : Danced to slightly slower music than American Rumba, the basic pattern of this dance is similar to Bolero – minus the rise and fall. While the American Rumba starts on the first beat of the measure, International Rumba starts on the second. These factors give International Rumba a very different beat. American Rumba can be danced in a small space. International Rumba generally requires a larger space.
  • International Cha-Cha: Characterized by fast, sharp and precise movements, this dance is one of the gold-standards of international technique. International Cha-Cha uses more straight leg actions, where American Cha-Cha uses more bent knee action.
  • Jive : A derivative of triple-swing, Jive is an athletically challenging dance. It is danced to fast rock n’ roll music and involves many kicks, hops and spins.
  • Samba: This dance originated in Brazil. Traditional Samba was originally a casual, social dance to Samba music. During Carnival in Brazil, it is danced in large choreographed groups in parades. Eventually, Samba was adapted into a dance for couples doing ballroom dancing. Samba has since become a dance with multiple personalities. It is a dance for individuals, for couples and for street dancing. Ranging from very athletic to casual, Samba is unique for its combination of bounce and sensual hip action.
  • Paso Doble:

    This dance is very different from all other Latin dances. Contrary to popular belief, it originated in 16th century France and only later became popular in Spain. Traditionally danced to the music played at bull fights, the Paso Doble is based on a simple fast-paced marching action. The dance tells the stories of the passionate dynamics between a man and woman through dramatic expressions of movement. It is usually danced competitively and for demonstrations rather than socially.

    There are also many club dances we dance such as Salsa, Merengue and Bachata. They have their origins in Latin cultures, so they are technically also Latin/Rhythm dances.

Whether you’re used to other styles of dance or are just beginning to learn, the Arthur Murray Lincolnshire Dance Center is happy to teach you these styles in a fun environment that encourages you to go at your own pace.

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If you are ready to spice up your life, allow the expert dance instructors here at the Arthur Murray Lincolnshire Dance Center to get you up on your feet and out on the floor. Check out the new student offer page and register today.

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