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    Dances We Teach

    Listed below are some of those enduring dances that help make social dancing forever popular. See below to learn exciting facts and view video of these exciting dance styles!

    Cha Cha

    One of the most popular Latin dances within the United States, the Cha-Cha was born from a variation of the Latin Mambo known as “triple Mambo.” The percussive effects of the infectious rhythm of “one, two, one-two-three” produced the onomatopoetic name Cha Cha Cha. The energetic rhythm of the Cha Cha encourages you to cut loose and let your personality show!

    Popular Cha Cha Songs:

    Olly Murs – Troublemaker

    Michael Buble – Sway

    Christina Aguilera – Ain’t No Other Man

    Disco/The Hustle

    Van McCoy’s record “Do the Hustle” was followed by the movie “Saturday Night Fever.” The movie portrayal of disco-swing partner dancing by John Travolta to the beat of Billboard topping hits from the Bee Gees and the emergence of discotheques captivated America. Its flashy spins, turns, and wraps along with the popularity of house, techno, and modern disco keep Hustle a favorite for all dancers.

    Popular Hustle Songs:

    Capital City – Safe and Sound

    Bruno Mars – Treasure

    Wake Me Up – Avicii

    Fox Trot

    In 1913, Harry Fox, a vaudeville comedian, introduced a trot to a ragtime song in the Ziegfeld Follies that pushed all other trots into the background. It became America’s most popular dance and remains the standard of social dances to this day.

    Fox Trot provides a solid foundation for all other dances. Learning to combine steps easily and smoothly teaches both variety and maneuverability. Fox Trot’s posture is attractive in appearance and helpful to all other dances. Flexible steps also allow Fox Trot to be danced at a myriad of tempos and will add confidence to your dancing and will assure fun and relaxation.

    Popular Fox Trot Songs:

    Michael Buble – Everything

    Paul Anka – It’s My Life

    Cher feat. Christina Aguilera – Express (Burlesque)

    Mambo

    Introduced by band leader Anselmo Sacaras in 1944, the fusion of Swing and Cuban music produced a fascinating rhythm and in turn created a sensational new dance. Mambo is an exciting dance, which allows you to develop your own feeling and expression. The predecessor of both Cha Cha and Salsa styles, Mambo is such a fun dance that skilled dancers are always popular and in high demand for partners. The wildly exciting music and rhythmical body movements make the earthy Mambo irresistible!

    Popular Mambo Songs:

    The Champs – Tequila

    Missiego – La Traviesa

    ‘NSync – Bye Bye Bye

    Merengue

    There are two folk stories about how this captivating dance began. One says it started as a peasant dance in the Dominican Republic by African Slaves. Another says an injured war hero, General Maringie, danced dragging his wound leg. Whatever its origin, the exciting rhythm of the Merengue inspires dancers all over the world to move to its intoxicating beat.

    Popular Merengue Songs:

    Macklemore feat. Ryan Lewis – Can’t Hold Us

    Lady Gaga – Americano

    Buster Poindexter – Hot, Hot, Hot

    Rumba

    The Rumba was at the beginning of the Cuban and Latin American dance crazes. Danced to music inspired by African rhythms and Spanish melodies, the Americanized Rumba was the basis for the Mambo and Cha Cha within the United States.

    As the romantic Latin dance, Rumba continues to increase in popularity. The characteristic feature is to take each step without initially placing the weight on that step. Steps are made with a slightly bent knee which, when straightened, causes the hips to sway from side to side in what has come to be known as “Cuban Motion.” Rumba’s iconic hip movements have become a part of most popular Latin dances as well as free-style disco, swing, and nightclub dancing.

    Popular Rumba Songs:

    John Legend – Save Room

    Ben E. King – Stand By Me

    Andrea Bocelli – Besame Mucho

    Salsa

    A spicy version of the Mambo infused with steps from other Latin dances, “Salsa” is a favored name for a type of Latin music, which-for the most part-has its roots in Cuban culture and is enhanced by jazz textures. The word, Salsa, means sauce denoting a “hot” flavor and has been described as “Latin Rock ‘n’ Roll.” The structure of the Salsa is largely associate with Mambo patterns and has a feeling associated with the Clave and Montuno rhythms.

    Popular Salsa Artists:

    Marc Anthony

    Latin Explosion

    Celia Cruz

    Samba

    It is a lively, rhythmical dance, sometimes referred to as Samba, Carioca, Baion, or Batucado. Regardless of what you call it, this national dance of Brazil became the rage of its society in the 1930’s, but began as an exhibition dance in Paris in 1905. Movie star and singer, Carmen Miranda, is credited with making the dance popular in both the United States in the early 1940’s.

    Popular Samba Songs:

    Kevin Lyttle – Turn Me On

    Beyoncé – Baby Boy

    Barry Manilow – Copacabana

    Swing

    At Arthur Murray, we offer Swing lessons, which are an ever popular blend of several African American dances, which include Lindy and Ragtime Jazz and Blues, as well as all the other dance music to accompanying dances of the past ninety years. Today, swing dance generally refers to the ballroom and night club version which is based on two slow and two quick counts or the slow and two quick counts of rhythm dances. If you’re interested in learning more about our Swing dance classes in Avon, get in touch with us now!

    Popular Swing Songs:

    Bruno Mars – Locked Out of Heaven

    Eagle Eye Cherry – Save Tonight

    Rick Springfield – Jessie’s Girl

    Tango

    In 1921, silent film star Rudolph Valentino created an international dance craze when he introduced the world to Argentine Tango in his film The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse. After its film debut, Tango would be transported from Buenos Aires across the world and into the salons of Europe where it would evolve and grow to full maturity. Despite its undeniable connections with Argentina, Tango draws inspiration from cultures across the world. A fusion of African, European, and Latin influences, Tango has created its own unique, dramatic style, which has largely contributed to its reputation as the “dancer’s dance.”

    Popular Tango Songs:

    Michael Jackson – Dirty Diana

    Carlos Gardel – Por Una Cabeza

    Coldplay – Viva la Vida

    Waltz

    This “mother of all dances” originated in Italy in the 1600′s as a round dance called the Volte. It arrived in America in the early 1800′s and was the first social dance in which a woman was actually held in a man’s arms. Learning to Waltz is elegant. The Waltz develops “graceful movement” and “poise”. Every wedding reception, social “black-tie” formal and holiday party includes Waltz steps.

    Popular Waltz Songs:

    Norah Jones – Come Away with Me

    Journey – Open Arms

    Henry Mancini – Moon River

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