The Samba, a dance of Brazilian origins, is known for its festival and carnival-like dance moves that complement the heavy drum and beats of the Samba music. Characterised by its lively and rhythmic body actions involving the hips, pelvis and torsos, that Samba is an ostentatious dance that exudes an upbeat and party-like atmosphere, inviting everyone to peacock, partake and dance.
The Samba is also a dance of showmanship, perfect for individuals looking to impress, as well as those learning to do so. Beyond the aesthetics, the Samba is also a dance that requires its dancers to master bodily control before finally being granted the ability to execute its free and fluid movements.
The Rumba (Rhumba), was originally used in Cuba to denote any “party”. Today, it is known as the “Dance of Love”, often seen as the more romantic counterpart of the “Cha Cha Cha”. The dance style is extremely versatile and can be easily danced to both classical Latin and modern pop music.
The Rumba is also known for being the key dance in Latin Ballroom dancing. Its fundamental figures allow both beginners to quickly assimilate themselves, while providing advanced dancers to re-familiarise themselves with crucial basic figures whilst in the pursuit of other advanced figures. Furthermore, the many basic and versatile steps of the Rumba makes it the choice of dance for warming up by dancers of all levels.
Cha Cha Cha
The Cha Cha Cha
The Cha Cha Cha (also known as the Cha-Cha), is a popular dance that originated from Cuba, widely danced socially as well as the first few introductory dances of Latin Ballroom. Known for its cheeky and flirtatious hip movements, the Cha Cha can be easily picked up and danced to modern and popular pop music, its catchy beat also makes this dance an easy favourite at parties and social dancing events for all ages.
The name of this dance style is intertwined with the shuffling movement created by the dancers’ feet when they dance two consecutive quick steps on the fourth count of the beat. And so became the popularised and familiar counts of “Two, Three, Four and One” or “Two, Three, Cha-Cha-Cha”.
The Paso Doble
The Paso Doble, is famous both for its powerful and dramatic dance style, as well as Spanish heritage. The dance emphasises on sharp and swift movements that are closely associated to the Flamenco and Matador (Bull Fight).
During the dance, the man takes after the Matador and the woman usually alternates her role between the bull and the cape. The dance is highly characterised by its theatrical attributes and is usually danced to key musical pieces with notable highlights, including the Espana Cani. Overflowing with passion, power and pride, the Paso Doble remains a key highlight in both performances and competitions.
The Jive is an energetic and lively dance that originated from the African-Americans in the USA. It is closely associated with the Jitterbug and East Coast Swing, mainly distinguished through its knee-lifting, hip-rocking and triple-step movements (Chasse). Recognised as the fastest dance in the Latin Ballroom discipline, the Jive is perfect for anyone looking to liven up their party, dance vocabulary or cardio routine.
The Jive follows a six-beat pattern and can be danced to any Rock and Roll, Swing and Boogie Woogie music that usually follows an eight-beat pattern. Depending on the beats-per-minute during classes, performances or competitions, dancers can expect themselves to be dancing within the range of 120 – 176 BPMs.
The Waltz (Slow Waltz) is the true classic of Standard Ballroom dancing. Famous and easily recognised for its undeniable stature as a hallmark and statement dance style for royals and the upper class, in both fantasies and realities. An easy favourite amongst both beginner and advanced learners, the Slow Waltz consists of many key foundational steps that are also crucial to the other swing dances, including the Quickstep, Foxtrot and Viennese Waltz.
From the olden times to modern day, the Waltz remains as the “it” dance to learn for all first-time dancers, as it is easily a crowd pleaser that remains both popular and timeless. Go ahead, and Waltz right into our mailbox or Whatsapp inbox.