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Ballroom dancing is what people typically think of when they envision partner dancing—a slow, precise dance with pre-defined steps and music that follows a strict tempo. Moving in a counterclockwise position around the dance floor, ballroom dancers gracefully execute their movements as one partner leads while the other follows.
Developed in the courts of Europe, ballroom dancing--with its elegant gliding motions--was perfect for the smooth, polished floors found then. Today, many different styles of dance can be considered ballroom dancing—the waltz, tango, and Viennese waltz among them.
Not only will learning ballroom dance prepare you for special events, it can add a touch of romance and fun to your life. As the music envelops you, prepare to be swept away while you gently glide across the floor…
First introduced in the 16th century, waltz dance was initially considered shocking. A dance where the male clasped his arm around his female partner’s waist was thought to be the height of impropriety at the time. Yet today, waltz has overcome its “indecency” and is looked upon as an elegant and beautiful partner dance.
The romantic waltz dance is characterized by flowing movements while the dancers move in a perpetual circle. Once you’ve learned to gently glide across the dance floor doing the waltz, the poise, coordination, and confidence that you develop in the studio will be reflected off the dance floor as well.
As its name suggests, the Viennese Waltz hails from Austria. Emerging in the 18th century, this graceful, elegant dance is part of the ballroom dance genre. The Viennese Waltz consists of repetitive waltz steps, requiring continuous movement around the dance floor.
Although it’s a faster version of the typical slow waltz, once you learn the waltz steps it is easy to follow along. Frequently, the Viennese waltz is the first dance that a bride and groom will dance to at their wedding.
After learning the Viennese Waltz, you’ll be prepared to gracefully glide across the dance floor at your wedding or any special event.
Everyone loves the tango! A partner dance that originated in the 1890s in Argentina, the tango is a sexy partner dance combining elegant tango steps with a partner embrace. Tango dancers have a variety of styles to choose from, but Argentine tango is among the most
popular. Today, tango is practiced all over the world. Once you learn to dance the tango, you’ll enjoy practicing it over and over again, because not only is it fun, but it’s also good for you. In fact, a recent study indicated that tango dancers felt sexier, more relaxed, and had reduced
stress hormones. When dancing the tango, you’ll feel transported into another era as you gracefully move across the dance floor with your partner.
One of the most popular Latin dances today, salsa dance initially began in Cuba. However, due to the sheer enjoyment of this fun social dance, salsa has gained widespread popularity and is danced all over the world.
More and more clubs feature salsa dancing, because it is such an entertaining activity.
Typically a partner dance, salsa involves just a few basic, easy-to-learn salsa dancing steps. This is a fun, energetic dance that gets
your blood pumping while you enjoy doing it. Sensual with a quick-paced rhythm, you’ll feel super sexy once you’ve mastered salsa.
Debuting in the 1960s and featuring romantic guitar music, the bachata initially had low-class connotations. In the Dominican Republic—where the dance originated--the word “bachata” refers to a gathering that includes food and music.
Because bachatas were popular among the rural poor, it developed a somewhat seedy reputation.
Yet today, bachata is practiced all over the world and is regarded as a highly sensuous dance. The DC Bachata Congress—considered one of the world’s
best Latin festivals—also showcases this popular dance. Featuring partnered dancers who combine easy steps with sensuous hip movements, the bachata is not only beautiful to behold but also, lots of fun to learn.
Ah, the samba! This is a lively, energetic dance with Brazilian and West African roots that developed in the late 1800s. Samba is featured in the popular Brazilian Carnival and is considered an icon of Brazilian heritage.
The dance is a quick one featuring skipping, jumps, and turns, and most people find samba performances thrilling and highly entertaining to watch. In spite of its quick pacing and fancy footwork, the samba is sexy and sensuous.
Although salsa dancing takes time to learn, those who master the steps will be thrilled once they are able to showcase their new skill.
A dance that’s as fun to learn as it is to say! This dance came relatively late to the genre of Latin dancing, as it wasn’t developed until the 1950s. The cha-cha-cha hails from Cuba, and it uses similar actions to the Rumba and the Mambo.
With small steps and plenty of hip gyrations, the main dance movements occur below the waist. The beat is a simple one, done to the rhythm of “one, two, cha-cha-cha.” Tremendously popular, this sassy dance
consists of a basic step that is easy to learn and tons of fun. With expert instruction, you’ll be ready to show off your cha-cha-cha in no time.
Although there are many variants of the Rumba, the one thing that they all have in common is sensuality coupled with eroticism. This partner dance that originated in Cuba is considered one of the most romantic of the Latin dance genre.
A smooth dance that focuses on slow rhythms and sensuous hip movements, the rumba is easy to learn. Once you’ve mastered the basic dancing steps, you’ll find that this “dance of love” is quite fun and a very romantic form of creative expression.
After you learn the rumba, you’ll enjoy knowing that this Latin dance shows off your form while making you look and feel great.