Argentine Tango

With influences from Europe, the Caribbean, South America and Africa, the Argentine Tango developed in the bars and clubs of late nineteenth-century Buenos Aires. The leading/following connection happens in the upper body 'embrace', while the legs and feet demonstrate subtle or dramatic moods.

Ballroom Tango

Slow 'stalking' walks contrasting with dramatic lines and sharp, staccato movement gives Ballroom Tango its aggressive, powerful quality. From its roots in Buenos Aires, the dance developed in Europe into the strong, dynamic dance we now enjoy.

Cha Cha Cha

Originally from Cuba, the Cha Cha Cha is a fun, medium speed dance providing a moderate cardio workout that will get your hips swaying. The Cha Cha Cha and the Rumba, both from Cuba, share somewhat similar step patterns, but the mood could not be more different. While the Rumba is slow and sensual, the Cha Cha Cha is light-hearted, flirtatious and playful.

Jive

The Jive will have you hopping and bopping to the Crocodile Rock, feeling footloose and shouting Great Balls of Fire! Descendant from 1920s Lindy Hop, 1930s-40s Jitterbug and 1950s Rock 'n' Roll, the Jive is the lightest and brightest of the Latin dances, expressing pure joy and ebullience.

Paso Doble

The Paso Doble is a stylised interpretation of the Spanish bullfight. Based on the marching music at the beginning of the bullfight, the Paso Doble developed into a popular social dance in France in the 1930s, and with the inclusion of flamenco-style figures, evolved into the most dramatic and theatrical of the Latin dances.

Quickstep

The Quickstep, the happiest of the ballroom dances, gives the ballroom brigade a chance to show off some fancy footwork. This vibrant dance takes the couple gliding, hopping and skipping around the floor in a combination of zig zags, spins and even Charleston kicks.

Rhythm Foxtrot

The Rhythm Foxtrot evokes the sophistication of ballroom dancing. It has an easy-to-master slow-slow-quick-quick timing. Couple that with the music of Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé and the Big Band great, and you have the perfect recipe for the ultimate social dance.

Rumba

The romantic Rumba, the only slow Latin dance, is full of enticement and seduction. Its origins go back to African ritual dances there were transported to the New World with the slave trade. The modern form of the dance developed in Cuba in the 1890s, and in a more socially acceptable form became popular in America in the 1930s. Now the Rumba excites and inspires Latin dancers of all levels.

Salsa

From the clubs of Cuba and Puerto Rico, Salsa has its roots in Samba, Rumba, Mambo and other African and Cuban dances. The least formal of all the dances, Salsa is a playful, risque dance, full of sexy hip movement and plenty of 'arm-ography'.

Samba

The Samba, a fusion of African steps and Brazilian rhythms, is an exuberant, feel-good dance. Even though Samba was formalised for competitions, this bouncy cardio party dance still retains the heady flavour of Mardi Gras and Carnival.

Slow Waltz

The classic, romantic Slow Waltz is guaranteed to warm your heart. Considered the epitome of elegance with its classic 1-2-3 rhythm, the nearest ancestor to today's slow waltz is the Hesitation Waltz, made famous in the 1920s in America by the great dancers Vernon & Irene Castle.

Viennese Waltz

The Viennese Waltz is a stately dance with relatively few figures but a lot of 1-2-3 rotation. The dance has peasant origins in the Austrian Landler, a dance with a great deal of hopping and stamping. As the dance moved into the ballrooms of nineteenth-century society, it became faster and more refined, but was considered scandalous due to its sustained body contact and dizzying spins. Today the Viennese Waltz is considered the most iconic 'ballroom' dance.

Beginner

This level is perfect for absolute beginners, and those in their first 6-12 months of dancing. The beginner class offers introductory and pre-bronze figures, and addresses the rudiments of leading and following.

Improver

Improver level is for those who have been going to lessons for over 6-12 months, and have completed at least one or two cycles of beginner classes. Improver class offers figures at the pre-bronze and bronze levels, continues to address the texture of leading and following, and explores elements of technique.

Intermediate

Intermediate level is suitable for those who have been dancing over a year, and have completed at least one cycle of improver classes. Intermediate features figures from bronze and silver syllabus, further addressing leading/following and working to refine and improve technique.

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