Soul & Ballroom Line Dances

Line dancing is a type of freestyle danced in a line without a partner performed to a fixed structrue of dance routines danced to a variety of music.

We will be offering line dances in many of the American Rhythm dances as well as teaching line dances such as the Booty Call, the Cincinatti Step, the Cupid Shuffle and more.

American Standard

Foxtrot

The Foxtrot was introduced in 1913 in the Ziegfield Follies musical and is just as popular today as it was then.

It is considered the standard of social dances; though it's long flowing, smooth continuous movement is not ideal on crowded dancefloors.

The Foxtrot provides a good foundation for all dances, and is sometimes called the "get acquainted dance."

Popular music suited for the Foxtrot are by vocalists such as Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and today Michael Buble's song "I just haven't met you yet."

Tango

The tango became the rage in 1921 after Rudolph Valentino brough the romantic dance to millions in "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse". More recently it was seen in True Lies and Scent of a Woman.

A distinctive tango has controlled, expressive footwork and fluid graceful movements.

The tango is a dance filled with emotions and different feelings throughout. Movements are sometimes slow and slithery and other times sharp and expressive.

Songs such as Hernando's Hideaway from "The Pajama Game" and Whatever Lola Wants from "Damn Yankees" are great to dance the tango.

Waltz

The waltz is a beautiful, elegant dance that helps develop balance and control.

Together in a formal hold, partners move with flowing rise and fall across the ballroom floor.

The waltz is the most popular smooth dance and can be done to songs such as Open Arms by Journey, and Could I have this dance by Ann Murray.

American Rhythm

Cha Cha

The cha cha is a fun and flirty dance with lots of hip action that became the rage in the 1950's.

It's a great fast dance for beginners who want to learn basic ballroom moves.

Another appealing aspect of this dance is that it can be done to all types of music including pop, rock and original cuban music.

An example of a good cha cha is Smooth by Santana.

Hustle

This dance became popular in the Disco Era of the 1970's, and remains the most popular nightclub dance today.

Although traditional "Disco" music has faded, there is still the same beat in modern music that keeps this dance full of energy and fun for today.

A great hustle song is Stayin Alive by the BeeGees.

Mambo

The mambo had it's beginning in the 1940's and is a combination of cuban and American dancing. It is still one of the most popular dances in the club scene.

It is spirited get on your feet music requiring both partners to incorporate leg and arm movements, spins and shimmies.

A good example of mambo music is Tequila by the Champs and Mambo No. 5 by Lou Bega.

Merengue

The merengue is a dance that lets your hips shine!

It has a march type beat and is one of the easiest dances to learn.

It's an exhilirating party dance and lends help in learning other dances.

An example of a merengue song is Hot Hot Hot by Buster Poindexter.

Rumba

The rumba is a dance full of passion.

It's not about fancy footwork, but emphasizes body movement that shows off the man's strength and the lady's feminity.

The rumba will sharpen your sense of rhythm, timing and muscular control.

It is well suited to limited space and can be danced to country western, blues and rock and roll.

Samba

The samba improves the flexibility of the body and is great exercise especially because it works your core/abs.

The major characteristics of the samba is it's light vertical bounce action. This makes it a fun dance to do.

It's a great party dance done to latin rhythms in songs such as Copa Cabana by Barry Manilow.

(East Coast) Swing

The swing is a fun dance full of energy and movement.

It is a dance easily mastered by most people and the various speeds of music are great training for good leading and following.

The swing can provide as much exercise as you want depending on the tempo of the music and your style of movement.