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Dances We Teach At Spokane Dance Company

Ballroom Smooth Dances

Latin Dances

  • Rumba
  • Cha Cha
  • Samba
  • Mambo
  • Merengue
  • Salsa
  • Bolero

Swing Dances                        Click Here for information on Levels of Dance.

  • East Coast Swing
  • West Coast Swing
  • Nightclub 2-Step
  • Lindy Hop
  •  Hustle
  • Swango

If you are interested in learning a specific dance and are not sure whether we teach it or not, please call us at 509-328-4717  or e-mail us at dance@spokanedance.com

 

Rhythm and Latin Dances

For competitive dancing, the Latin dance styles are grouped into two main categories: American Rhythm and International Latin. The American Rhythm style consists of five dances: Cha-Cha, Rumba, East Coast Swing, Bolero, and Mambo. The International Latin style also consists of five dances: Cha-Cha, Rumba, Jive, Paso Doble, and Samba. When comparing the two styles, the most obvious difference is that they each have some unique dances. However, all the dances in each style do differ from their counterparts, in subtle ways, mostly having to do with technique. You will find competitive events in each style. Socially, the following dances fall under the category of latin and/or rhythm:

Rumba - 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. (More info on Rumba)

Cha cha - The Cha-Cha adds fun to your dancing through it's 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.  (More info on Cha Cha)

Swing - The Swing is a spot dance with a carefree relaxed style and is a dance easily mastered by most people. The various speeds are excellent training for quick footwork and good leading & following which will add comfort and ease in other rhythm dances. 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. (More info on Swing)

Merengue - Merengue develops Cuban Motion and Merengue is the simplest dance to learn. It's uncomplicated timing makes it easy to feel the music.  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 & coordination and the proper use of the accent will develop a clearer interpretation of musical rhythm.  (More info on Merengue)

Hustle - 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.  (More info on Hustle)

Lindy - Popular musical groups of today have revived interest in the musical styles from the original Lindy Hop Era and have fired the imagination and enthusiasm of a whole new generation of Lindy Hop dancers. However, the acrobatic style used for exhibitions is not the same as the quietly rhythmic Lindy enjoyed by most dancers on the ballroom floor.

West Coast Swing - WCS is a stylized Swing dance popular west of the Mississippi from Kansas to California. Danced to slow or medium tempo Swing or Disco music and characterized by slot movements, taps and shuffles, coaster steps, and push and pull action of the dancers.   (More info on West Coast Swing)

Samba - Samba improves the flexibility of the body and helps achieve easy movement and lightness. The Samba rolling action teaches the body to be supple. To move lightly, quickly, and smoothly without effort takes study but only at the start. Although considered a good exercise, Samba should be danced smoothly and in a relaxed manner giving the appearance of effortless movement. Sometimes called the South American Waltz, the Samba pulsates to a unique Latin rhythm.  (More info on Samba)

Mambo - Mambo is a fusion of Cuban rhythm and American Big Band music. The music is characterized by a stirring Afro-Cuban beat. Mambo is an exciting dance which allows you to develop your own feeling and expression. Because Mambo is such a fun dance, good Mambo dancers are always popular and in demand as partners. The wild exciting music, and rhythmical body movements make the sensual Mambo irresistible.

Salsa - Salsa is the Spanish word for "sauce" denoting a "spicy" and "hot" flavor to this popular dance style. There are indications the term Salsa was coined by radio disc jockeys in Puerto Rico as early as the 1960's. Later associated with a New York sound developed by Puerto Rican musicians, 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. (More info on Salsa) (salsa practice dance)

Jitterbug - Jitterbug is also known as single-time swing. It is usually done to faster Swing music and is a highly energetic and expressive dance. It could also be referred to as a toned down Lindy Hop. It is also a spot dance and highly useful on crowed dance floors.

Bolero - Originally a Spanish dance in 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. (More info on Bolero)

 

 

Specialty Dances

The following are miscellaneous dances that are taught at Spokane Dance Company. If you are interested in learning a specific dance and are not sure whether we teach it or not, please feel free to call us at (702) 798-4552 or e-mail us at dance@spokanedance.com

Argentine Tango - This dance originated in Spain as the Spanish Tango.  The higher class Argentinians traveled to Spain on holiday and brought the dance back to Argentina.  Women employing the oldest profession on earth began to use this dance as a method of enticing the men.  The style eventually evolved into a dance where the couple intricately wove their legs in a slow and sensual dance we know today as Argentine Tango.  The ArgentineTango caused a sensation and was soon to be seen the world over in a more subdued version.

Nightclub Two Step - This dance is an easy playful dance that can be done to any slow song. It is done to 4/4 time music and has similar patterns to those found in many other dances, The style of this dance is much slower and smoother. This is a popular dance among wedding couples as it is usually a good tempo for the slower romantic ballads.

Swango - This dance is an interesting combination of Argentine Tango and West Coast Swing.  This is a fairly new dance to the social dance scene.  Anyone who likes both of these dances will like the creativity of the Swango.


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