Ballroom Revolution - Popular Dances
Changing the World One Step at a Time
The original style of Swing that evolved with the American Jazz music of the 20's and 30's, Lindy combines elements of both partnered and solo dancing. Lindy styles vary widely depending on the tempo of the music and the preferences of the dancer. It's generally an energetic and lively dance known for its kicks, aerials and focus on improvisation.
This is the easiest style of swing to learn, and a great place to start your social dancing. East Coast Swing (also known as "6-Count") evolved from the 8- Count Lindy and became a dance on its own in the early 1940's. Swing can be danced to a wide variety of music and is easy and fun to learn.
Extremely popular dance in the 70's and still hugely popular today, partnered Hustle (also known as the "New York Hustle") is a versatile dance with some resemblance to Salsa and Swing. It has a unique, syncopated rhythm and can be danced to retro music or popular club songs. The basic steps are easy and fun to learn.
A Latin American dance, with strong influences from Cuba and Puerto Rico, Salsa emphasizes movement from the hips and ribcage. Fast, hot, and fun, Salsa is danced in nightclubs, bars, restaurants and outdoor festivals around the world.
Originally from Cuba, Cha Cha is a fast, rhythmic dance with a "shuffle" or syncopated "cha-cha-cha" step that mirrors the syncopated rhythm of the music. Cha Cha is a fun, flirtatious dance that can be danced to traditional Cuban music or Latin Pop or Rock music.
Rumba uses the same hip actions as Salsa and Cha Cha but slows them down to a more sultry movement. Rumba is a good dance to know when you want to slow things down but still maintain a "Latin feel" to your dancing.
A social dance from Buenos Aires, Argentine Tango focuses on spontaneity, musicality and a deep connection with your partner. These connections help create the very sensual and passionate look that Argentine Tango is most known for.
Mostly danced to Jazz or Big Band music, Foxtrot is a "smooth" dance with a basic pattern derived from simple walks and side steps. It is an easy, simple way to move across a dance floor with fluidity and grace. Foxtrot is a great dance to learn for slower social dancing.
Similar to Foxtrot, but danced to a distinctive 1-2-3 timing and with an added rise and fall, waltz is an elegant and graceful dance known for its big "swoopy" movements around the dance floor.
There are many, many dances out there! Some of the less common but equally fun dances include the Samba, Quickstep, Paso Doble, Merengue, Viennesse Waltz, West Coast Swing, Bachata and so on. If there is a particular type of dance you want to learn, let me know!