Argentine Tango is an intimate couples’ dance and the only dance we teach with “rotation optional”. Argentine Tango began in the barrios and bordellos of Argentina with the poor.
Eventually more and more levels of Argentinean society began to dance the tango and by the twentieth century, the dance and the music was established. As wealthy sons of Argentine society families traveled to Europe they introduced the this risqué dance called Tango, where it became an international phenomenon.
Nowadays this is a very popular dance with a culture all its own. The dance is difficult to learn at the beginning and, as all dances takes time to improve.
The polka is a Central European dance and also a genre of dance music familiar throughout Europe and the Americas. It originated in the middle of the 19th century in Bohemia and eventually spread to London and was introduced to America in 1844. It remained a popular ballroom dance until the late 19th century, when it would give way to the two-step and new ragtime dances. Polka dancing enjoyed a resurgence in popularity after World War II and Polka is still a popular genre of folk music in many European countries and the United States.
Also known as Rotary and Cross-Step Waltz:
A walking-type Waltz danced to medium-fast Waltz music.
Rotary/Cross-Step Waltz is a social dance form similar to Country 2-Step, easy to learn for the beginning dancer. It travels straight down the floor and has a more “swing-like” dance frame, with no rise and fall.