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Other Dances We Teach..

Date Published:
February 8, 2008

Bolero: A slow Latin dance which originated as a form of Rumba, and still shares many of the same figures. Bolero differs from Rumba in its tempo and style of music and movement.

Mambo: A fast Latin dance, similar to Salsa, which comes from Cuba. Mambo was brought to America in the 1940's and 50's and eventually adapted as an American style ballroom dance. Most of the movements emphasize the second beat in the measure, suggestive of the Clave rhythm which is fundamental to Mambo music.

Salsa: A popular Latin nightclub dance which evolved as a modified form of Mambo.

Merengue: An energetic Latin-style march which originated in the Dominican Republic, which emphasizes a straight-ahead 8-count rhythm taken with Cuban Motion. Merengue is now also a subset of the modern club-style Salsa dances.

Line Dancing: A type of non-partner dancing, primarily associated with the Country & Western genre, where a group of people will dance through a pre-choreographed sequence of movements in unison. The choreography is generally simple, as it is intended for mass-consumption. Examples of Line Dances are the Electric Slide, the Tush-Push, and the Slappin' Leather.

Lindy (Lindy Hop): The grandfather of all forms of Swing, named after Charles Lindberg, and originating at the Savoy ballroom in the 1930's as a modified form of Charleston done in dance position. Lindy Hop is currently enjoying a revival with a new generation of swing clubs, musicians, and dancers.

East Coast Swing: A subset of Swing derived from Lindy Hop and Jitterbug, making use of refined (American Style) ballroom technique.

West Coast Swing
: Shannon's favorite Dance! A slotted swing dance in 4/4 time, characterized by its smooth and linear style.

Jitterbug: An older style of Swing danced in single-rhythm, to very fast big band jazz music of the thirties and forties.

: A special single-dance division of Dancesoprt in which couples dance an exhibition-style piece to their own selection of music. The dance may incorporate lifts and/or drops, and is not limited to the pre-defined dance styles such as Smooth or Latin.

Exhibition Ballroom Dancing
: The performing of ballroom dances in a stylized, theatrical presentation.