Rumba is arguably the most sensual of all latin dances, combing long leg lines, rolling hip actions, and beautiful arm styling. One of the slower dances, Rumba puts great focus on core strength, balance, and “Cuban motion.” Simple and versatile for the beginner while offering a fun challenge to the competitor, it is no wonder Rumba, with it’s seductive rhythm, is one of the most popular dances we teach.
Mambo is the quintessential latin dance. Steeped in afro-cuban musical history, a good mambo relies on exceptional rhythm, coordinated rib and hip movement, and expression. Differing slightly from the salsa, Mambo “breaks” on the second count of a music measure, which provides an excellent opportunity for the student to improve musicality along with the many physical skills the dance offers. Perhaps most importantly, Mambo teaches the joyful “soul” of how to latin dance.
East Coast Swing
The East Coast Swing is a descendant of the incredibly popular Lindy Hop style of the American 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s. A great starter dance for those interested in all that swing has to offer, the East Coast Swing can be performed in a simple “single time” form or in it’s more common “triple time” rhythm that focuses heavily on energetic movement, a variety of turns and spins and, appropriately enough, a “swinging” action in the hips. Versatile, fun, and challenging, the East Coast Swing is a great dance to have in your repertoire!
The Merengue is an infectiously upbeat Caribbean dance and the perfect way to ease into the art of latin dancing. One of the simplest of all partner dances, Merengue focuses on playful “marching” steps, gradual turns, and strong rib and hip actions. However, there are plenty of advanced steps and techniques to be learned from Merengue, and all latin dancers should spend some time taking in all it has to offer.
Unique to the American Rhythm style, Bolero is a beautiful fusion of smooth, sultry latin movements and sexy bossa nova based rhythms. Few dances are as intriguing or alluring. Sometimes referred to as the “ballroom dancer’s latin dance”, Bolero layers an almost waltz-like rise and fall action on top of the traditional Cuban motion, making it one of the more challenging dances to learn but also one of the most rewarding.
West Coast Swing
West Coast Swing is a partner dance with roots in the Lindy Hop. It is characterized by an elastic look that results from its extension-compression technique of partner connection and is danced primarily in a slotted area on the dance floor. The dance allows for both partners to improvise steps while dancing together, putting West Coast Swing in a short list of dances that emphasize improvisation