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International Latin:

  • Cha Cha

Cha Cha is a ballroom dance as well as a street dance, therefore it can take on different stylings.  Our curriculum includes the best elements and patterns from both to create an exciting and useful social dance.

It takes its name from the characteristic “cha cha cha” shuffle step in the middle of each pattern. Many patterns are shared with Salsa, Mambo, Swing, and Rumba, but Cha Cha is more rhythmically complex.  The music is in 4/4, but the patterns are usually 8 or more beats.   Although some mistakenly learn the Cha Cha with a break step on 1, the correct way to dance the Cha Cha is to start the break step on the 2nd beat.   Therefore, the dance is counted:  2 3 4&5 6 7 8&1--where the 4&5 and 8&1 is the Cha Cha Cha. Cha Cha is an excellent dance for developing footwork and timing.

  • Samba

Inspired by the popular street-dance in Brazil, this partner dance is done to the syncopated South American rhythms of Samba music, as well as many Latin-flavored pop tunes. It can also be danced to Zouk or Flamenco music. Most commonly done at ballroom events and studios, you can also dance Samba at lounges and nightclubs. Samba has a lift and hip motion different than the Cuban motion of other Latin dances like Salsa and Rumba, so it adds more dimension and options to your repertoire, as well as helps you develop new skills. The steps are danced with a slight bounce which gives Samba its distinguishable look.

  • Rumba

A slower and romantic cousin to Salsa, this Latin dance is perfect for contemporary and classic pop ballads, as well as Latin love songs. Because it is a slower Latin dance, it can be ideal for dancers practicing the distinctive hip and body motion of the Afro-Cuban dances like Salsa, Mambo, and Cha Cha. You’ll see Rumba at Salsa clubs, lounges, weddings, and Ballroom dance events

  • Paso Doble

A cousin of Flamenco, this Ballroom dance is most often seen on the competitive or showdance floor. However, it makes a fun and dramatic social dance too.

  • Jive

Jive is similar to a triple-step East Coast Swing . Jive, however, is much faster, and uses a lot of knee and hip action.

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