by Linda Springstead

Dances We Teach

Styles and Descriptions

BALLROOM 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.

LATIN & 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.

ADDITIONAL 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.