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Dance Styles and Descriptions

Here is a list of general categories of dances taught at DanceWell. Click each dance for a popup page description.  Coming soon: a video of the dance on each page.

Ballroom Standard & Smooth Latin & Rhythm Swing
Foxtrot
Quickstep
Tango
Viennese Waltz
Waltz
Bachata
Bolero
Cha Cha Cha
Merengue
Paso Doble
Rumba
Salsa
Mambo
Samba
Club Swing
East Coast Swing
Jive
Lindy Hop Swing
West Coast Swing
Nightclub, Country
Vintage & Alternative Modern and Freestyle (non-partner)
Country 2-Step
3 Ct and 4-ct. Hustle

Nightclub 2-Step
Argentine Tango
Polka
Fusion Waltz
Hip Hop
Jazz Funk
Line Dance

Unless otherwise listed, DanceWell class material is what we call “Amer-National” - a combination of both American and International patterns. 

Rose CityBALLROOM SMOOTH COURSE
American Style “Smooth” Dancing - Term given to dance styles standardized in the United States.  In the smooth dances the couples may dance together and apart, (Think Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers), and the goal in American Smooth dancing is to dance well in a closed partnership as well as to interpret the music lyrically with “open work”, (meaning not in a “closed” dance frame together).  These include Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango & Viennese Waltz.

International Style “Standard” Dancing -  Term given to the style of ballroom dancing which was standardized in England and worldwide.  Emphasis is placed on the “closed position” in all figures.  Couples may not separate in Foxtrot, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Tango or Quickstep, and strive for partnership moving together at all times.

Rose CityLATIN & RHYTHM DANCE COURSE
American Style “Rhythm” dancing - Term given to styles standardized in the US for competitive events.  These dances include Mambo, Rumba, Cha Cha, Bolero, Samba, East Coast Swing and Merengue.

International Style “Latin” Dancing - Latin styling is much more similar between American and International style dances, but some of the basic movements in the dances are different in the two styles.  Only five Latin / Swing dnaces are recognized in International Style for competition - Samba, Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive.

Rose CityADDITIONAL PARTNER DANCES
Swing, Nightclub, Country, Folk and More  - These are a group of social partner dances less formalized than ballroom dance but more formalized than street dancing.  They are all suitable for dancing in the informal atmosphere of nightclubs, bars and social events, etc.  Well established and documented, there are competitions and shows in these dances as well. 
Partner dances indicate lead/follow with one partner, the same as all Ballroom dancing.  These dances would include Hustle, West Coast Swing, Country 2-Step, Nightclub 2-Step, Bachata, Salsa, Argentine Tango, Cross-Step Waltz etc.

Some dances are easier to learn than others.  NOTE:  This does NOT mean you should not learn the dance you want -- just that it may be a little more difficult until you have developed movement and partnering skills.

Easiest to Learn Next Level More Difficult

Waltz

Merengue

Foxtrot 
           
Rumba

4-count Swing Hustle (also called Disco or Hustle)

East Coast Swing  (simple rhythm)   

Cha Cha

Salsa or Mambo

Tango

Lindy Swing

East Coast Swing
(triple rhythm)

Nightclub Two Step

Fusion Waltz

Polka

Argentine Tango  
       
Bolero
                             
Viennese Waltz
            
Quickstep

Lindy Hop

Paso Doble

Samba 
                         
West Coast Swing  
 
3-count Hustle
    
International (Slow) or American
(Silver) Foxtrot   
International Waltz    
International Cha Cha     
International Tango
International Rumba

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