- Argentine Tango
- Country Western Polka
- Country Western Two Step
- Country Western Waltz
- Line Dancing
- West Coast Swing
An improvisational, social form of Tango, Argentine tango is loved by dancers and audiences for its beauty, passion, drama and excitement.
The essence of Argentine tango is about life and, especially, about the relationship between a man and a woman.
Graciela Gonzales, a leading tango instructor, calls the dance “the history of love—for three minutes.”
Bachata is a very sensual style of dance that originated in the Dominican Republic.
The basics to the dance are three-steps with a Cuban hip motion, followed by a tap with a hip “pop” on the 4th beat.
Unlike Salsa, Bachata does not usually include complex turn patterns, because most of the movement comes from the lower body.
The close connection is part of the soul of this steamy dance.
Country Western Polka
The Country Western Polka, coming from Bohemia in the 1800s, has an unforgettable rhythm—da-da-dum, da-da-dum.
The name is Czech for “half-step,” much used in the dance. The Polka is danced in pairs either face-to-face or standing side-by-side.
Polka music has a 2/4 beat and is notable for its happy sound. The Polka has consistently remained a very popular dance worldwide.
Country Western Two Step
The country music dance called the Country Western or Texas Two-Step is a modified Foxtrot. Some call it a Foxtrot with a swagger!
It started as a simple barn dance and is notable for two quick steps and two slow steps. Starting with the popularity of movies like Urban Cowboy, country-western partner dancing came back in style in the late 1980s.
Gliding your feet across the floor, the two-step is always fun dance to learn and enjoy with your partner!
Country Western Waltz
Country Western Waltz dance has the same basic step as its elegant Ballroom counterpart.
The Country Waltz is more relaxed and it’s danced progressively around the dance floor.
Country Western Waltz consists of gliding steps that are consistent with wearing cowboy boots, rather than on the balls of the feet as in the classic version.
The 1970s was the time to do the Hustle! Predated by the line dance with the same name, the Hustle exploded onto the scene after John Travolta danced his way to stardom in the famous movie, Saturday Night Fever. The Hustle is a fast moving, energetic dance characterized by its many turns. The lady spins almost constantly while her partner draws her close and sends her away. Although disco has come and gone, the hustle is here to stay!
A line dance is a choreographed dance with a repeated sequence of steps in which a group of people dance in lines or rows.
Although line dancing is associated with Country-Western music and dance, it has similarities to folk dancing.
Line dances have accompanied many popular music styles since the early 1970s, including Pop, Swing, Rock, Disco, Latin, and Jazz.
The Merengue is the national dance of the Dominican Republic and was created in the mid-1950s. With its simple steps and 1-2 march-like rhythm, it was rumored to be initially performed by the guests of a crippled general in the Dominican Republic who wanted to imitate him as he dragged his lame right leg across the floor!
The Merengue is known for its liveliness, with a step on every beat, knee action, and wiggles from side to side. Since it doesn’t move around the dance floor, it’s perfect for small, crowded dance floors.
Salsa, a fusion of Cuban, Puerto Rican and American styles, describes the fast, Latin music coming out of New York City in the late 1960s.
Salsa dancing is characterized by a complicated rhythm, small steps, Cuban motion, and a compact hold. Salsa has a recurring 8-beat pattern, with patterns using 3 steps during each 4 beats.
The skipped beat is usually marked by a tap or a kick. Salsa Salsa has a recurring 8-beat pattern, with patterns using 3 steps during each 4 beats.
The skipped beat is usually marked by a tap or a kick. Salsa dancing is always sassy, sexy, and fun!
West Coast Swing
The official state dance of California, the West Coast Swing originated from the Savoy Style Lindy dance.
Brought to Hollywood by Dean Collins, a famous movie dancer and choreographer, this dance soon became popular in California nightclubs during the 1930s and 1940s.
The West Coast Swing is known for its “dancing in a slot” appearance where the man dances in place while the woman travels back and forth.