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Argentine Tango is a Latin social dance which originated in the working class neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. It is marked by a close embrace and dynamic lead/follow relationship between partners. The music is distinct, and includes orchestras from the Golden Age led by Troilo, Di Sarli, and Donato.
Bachata is a Latin social dance which originated in the Dominican Republic. It is an 8 count dance which moves within a square. Footwork and embrace are key elements, as well as interpretation.
Balboa originated in Southern California in the 1920’s. It is danced in close embrace and has strong lead/follow which allows dancers to emphasize rhythm and musical subtleties. It is often used to dance to super quick music, or in conjunction with other swing styles.
Ballroom literally is rooted in the word ballare which means “to dance.” Ballroom styles and music are varied, and ballroom is divided into smooth and rhythm dances. Styles available include waltz, foxtrot, tango, rumba, cha cha, swing, samba, and bolero.
Cajun Waltz originated in the late 18th century in South Louisiana by predominantly French speaking immigrants. Danced to three-four time, the music is marked by use of the fiddle and Cajun accordion. This music and dance was developed for fais do-do, social get-togethers on a porch or dance hall, and covers the space.
The Charleston was a 1920s American dance craze. But maybe there's a word beyond craze that could describe it better. It is precursor to Lindy Hop and sits near the base of the swing dancing tree. Today, the Charleston is danced as a robust set of steps with a feeling that is particularly well-suited to a lot of the jazz music we listen to here in the city of New Orleans.
Country Western Dancing:
Country-Western Dancing has grown from reels, quadrilles, square, and round dancing. It is danced to Country music, and constructed to be progressive around the floor. The steps are gliding, as boots are the most popular footwear. It is informal, has little hip motion, and a definite lead/follow pattern.
Dance Trance is a fitness class that uses choreographed dance routines to get the most out of a workout. The element of fun and the driving music is what makes the class popular with fitness enthusiasts. This is a high-energy, hip hop and pop fitness class. Dance Trance Prep breaks down the routines. In a standard Dance Trance class, there is no instruction, rather, students just follow along with the instructors.
Flamenco originated Spain and is traditionally danced to guitar music. rhythmic patterns are achieved with hard-soled shoes in this style of dance.
Hip Hop combines interpretive street dance styling with hip hop music. Hip Hop is a solo dance, rather than partnered.
Kizomba is a close-embrace partner dance from the Portuguese-speaking African nation of Angola. Think tango with an African flair. Beautiful, slow, elegant, and stylish, dancers get hooked by its focus on musicality and connection.
Lindy Hop originated in Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s and developed alongside swing jazz. It incorporates a swing out, or breakaway, and can be used in conjunction with other swing styles.
Salsa on 1:
Salsa is a social Latin dance originating in the Caribbean. Danced to old and new Salsa music, it incorporates stylistic flair, spins, fancy footwork, with the initial movement falling on the first count.
Salsa on 2:
Salsa on 2 is social Latin dance popular in New York and elsewhere where the initial movement falls on the second count, allowing for different patterns and accents to occur.
Solo Jazz classes focus on vocabulary, composition, and individual expression. This is a great way to improve, even if partnered dancing is your ultimate goal. Solo Jazz gives you time to focus on your own dancing, and on the music. Also, you can use your solo moves in your Lindy Hop! Solo Jazz classes are loose and fun, and involve a lot of moving.
Swing is an umbrella term for a group of social dances that developed with swing jazz music in the 1920s through 1940s. These include Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag, Charleston, and Balboa. an intro to swing or basics class will cover 6 and 8 count patterns and will give you a foundation to continue into other swing dances.
Connect to the breath and body in an all levels yoga practice. Focus on building strength, flexibility, and endurance through sequences of postures linked with smooth flowing breath.
Zumba Gold is a low to medium intensity dance-based fitness class developed with active older adults in mind. Though based on the same four Latin rhythms as the original, Zumba Gold classes move at a modified pace. The easy to follow choreography is suitable for all abilities while still including all-important elements of fitness such as cardiovascular, muscular conditioning, and flexibility. Beginner and limited mobility friendly, Zumba Gold classes focus on improving balance, range of motion, and coordination to the beat of a variety of world rhythms. It’s the fitness class that feels like a party!
Zydeco originates in southwest Louisiana. It is a partnered social dance comprised of small sideways steps. It is danced to Zydeco music, which is a blend of blues, creole music, and rhythm and blues. The rhythm that is most prominent follows the vest frottoir.