There are two types of Salsa. There’s the one you can eat along with your tortilla chips and there’s the one you can Dance. Two entirely different entities and yet what they have in common is that they are both rich in ingredients. Salsa dancing is a popular form of social and partner dance that originated in South America and New York and has grown to be one of the most popular dance forms in the world. It has a more diverse and complex history. A mixture of Cuban rhythms, Puerto Rican rhythms, and Jazz, Salsa has a rich and complex sound We have classes from absolute beginners to advance. All our classes focus on technique, rhythm, footwork, partnerwork, shines and yes not to forget the Fun part
The Samba is a Sexy , Percussive, Brazilian Dance depicting the Carnival of Rio De Janerio It originated in Brazil. It was and is danced as a festival dance during the street festivals and celebrations. First introduced in the U.S. in a Broadway play called “Street Carnival” in the late twenties. The festive style and mood of the dance has kept it alive and popular to this day. Samba is a fun dance that fits most of today’s popular music.
Jive is a Lively, Fun, Energetic Party Dance from the U.S.A It originated in the United States, hitting its first wave of popularity during World War II. It was recognized as a much more energetic version of the Jitterbug, which was already well known as a swing dance style.The U.S. soldiers during the war danced the Jive in Europe and it caught on as a major trend there, especially among the younger generations. There it became known as Boogie-Woogie, and eventually the term “Jive” became universal. In 1968 it was adopted as the fifth Latin dance in International competitions. Today the Jive is danced around the world in professional competitions in the International Style Latin division.
ChaCha is an Exciting, Rhythmical , Staccato Dance from Havana, Cuba. Immensely popular for the beginning, the Cha Cha is a dance that has never gone out of style and is a perennial favorite at weddings. Chacha music is created by Enrique Jorrin in early 1950’s. The rhythm is developed from Danzon – Mambo. In 1952, an English dance teacher named Pierre Lavelle travelled to Cuba, and brought his version back to the British Isles. The name Cha Cha is derived from the vocal imitation of the sound of the feet in the chasse, which included in many of the steps
Rumba is a Slow,Sensual,Romantic Dance of Cuba The word “rumba” comes from the verb “rumbear” which means going to parties, dancing, and having a good time. Rumba is the spirit and soul of Latin American music and dance. The fascinating rhythms and bodily expressions make the Rumba one of the most popular ballroom dances. The word Rumba is a generic term, covering a variety of names (i.e., Son, Danzon, Guagira, Guaracha, Naningo), for a type of West Indian music or dancing. The “rumba influence” came in the 16th century with the black slaves imported from Africa. In Europe, the introduction of Latin American dancing (Rumba in particular) owed much to the enthusiasm and interpretive ability of Monsieur Pierre (London’s leading teacher in this dance form). In the 1930’s with his partner, Doris Lavelle, he demonstrated and popularized Latin American dancing in London. Pierre and Lavelle introduced the true “Cuban Rumba” which was finally established after much argument, as the official recognized version in 1955.
Bachata is a form of music and dance that originated in the countryside and rural marginal neighborhoods of the Dominican Republic. Its subjects are often romantic; especially prevalent are tales of heartbreak and sadness. Bachata grew out of – and is still closely related to – the pan Latin-American romantic style called bolero. Over time, it has been influenced by merengue – a fast paced danceable music also native to the Dominican Republic – and by a variety of Latin American guitar styles.