American Ballroom


Waltz – Waltz develops balance and control. The basic Waltz box steps are the foundation patterns used in most ballroom dances. Waltz is danced to 3/4 time music and is counted 1 2 3 4 5 6. One step for each count. Correct posture, rise and fall, and flowing movements should be stressed to achieve good styling. Waltz is a romantic dance and is very popular for weddings dances.

0122 finalFoxtrot – Foxtrot is a basic dance from which you can acquire a good foundation. Learning to combine steps easily and smoothly teaches variety and maneuverability. The Foxtrot posture is attractive in appearance and helpful to all other dances. Basic Foxtrot is danced in a 6 count and the box step is an 8 count. 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.

Tango – The Tango, a sensual, dramatic dance made famous by Rudolph Valentino, originated in Buenos Aires and was stylized by the Gauchos in Argentina before making it to the United States. The Tango is known for flexing steps and posed pauses. Widely considered to be the “dancer’s dance,” it has become even more popular due to its presence in films like “The Scent Of A Woman” and “Evita.”


Rumba – Sultry and Steamy! The most famous Latin American dance to gain popularity in North America and Europe is, without doubt, the rumba. Slow and romantic, the Rumba is the most sensual of the Latin dances. Motion is produced through a transfer of body weight and not from direct movement of the hips. Couples dance very closely together, using their body language to express emotion between them. The Rumba is sometimes referred to as the “Dance Of Love” because couples stare deeply into each other’s eyes while they dance.

0Cha-cha – Hot and Sexy! The mid-tempo Cha-Cha is a spin-off of the Rumba and the Mambo. With its two slow steps followed by three quick ones (rock step, cha-cha-cha), this sensual, energetic dance is extraordinarily popular with old and young alike. The tempo is slow and staccato, making it easy for dancers to inject their own personality into the patterns. The Cha-Cha-Cha rhythm can still be heard in the music of contemporary performers like Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias and Gloria Estefan.

Salsa – Fire and Spicey! Salsa, a fusion of Cuban, Puerto Rican and American styles, describes the fast, Latin music coming out of New York City in the late 1960s. Salsa dancing is characterized by a complicated rhythm, small steps, Cuban motion, and a compact hold. Salsa has a recurring 8-beat pattern, with patterns using 3 steps during each 4 beats. The skipped beat is usually marked by a tap or a kick. Salsa dancing is always sassy, sexy, and fun!


wcsmmEast Coast Swing —  Back in the good old days of Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry, the East Coast Swing originated as a simplified 6-count triple step dance. The East Coast Swing dance pattern moves smoothly either forward/back or side to side while circling freely around the floor. The basic step is triple step, triple step, rock step. Danced to a wide variety of music, you can “swing” to almost anything! The East Coast or American Swing is part of the American Style syllabus, and is considered the American version of the Jive.

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