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Can it Build Muscle?

Can it Build Muscle?

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Cha Cha

The Cha Cha is a fun, flirtatious dance that features fast footwork, playful hip action, and a strong sense of rhythm. This iconic dance can be performed to a wide variety of music styles, raising both your heart rate and your spirits!

Samba

Samba is a dance based on the heart-thumping rhythms of Brazil. This is a great dance to practice body isolation, musicality, and personality. The samba is sometimes fast and frenetic, sometimes smooth and sultry, but once you start, you can't stop.

Rumba

Rumba is arguably the most sensual of all latin dances, combining long leg lines, rolling hip actions, and beautiful arm styling. The Rumba is one of the slower dances, focusing on core strength, balance, and "Cuban motion." Simple and versatile for the beginner, and a fun challenge for the competitive dancer, the Rumba is one of our most popular dances.

Paso doble

The Paso Doble is the ultimate dance for those seeking to escape into the passion and excitement of Latin dancing! This bullfighting dance is strong, seductive, and confident, just like the bullfights in Spain. Even though Paso Doble is rarely used socially, it still has great value for students. It requires strong movements across the floor, a sense of rhythm, and sharp turns. A bold and deliberate presentation is a huge advantage for the competitor. It is a fun dance that is highly stylized.

Jive

Jive is the perfect dance for those with a lot of energy or those who wish they did! Jive is a variation of the classic swing dances of the early 20th century, characterized by lightning fast feet, sharp turns, and playful kicks. The jive is the best cardio workout in the ballroom dance world, and many dancers have found it more energizing and more effective after learning it. With music that begs you to dance, jive is the best way to dance away your cares.

Mambo

Mambo is the quintessential latin dance. Steeped in afro-cuban musical history, a good mambo relies on exceptional rhythm, coordinated rib and hip movement, and expression. Differing slightly from the salsa, Mambo “breaks” on the second count of a music measure, which provides an excellent opportunity for the student to improve musicality along with the many physical skills the dance offers. Perhaps most importantly, Mambo teaches the joyful “soul” of how to latin dance.

Waltz

The Waltz is arguably the most recognizable of all ballroom dances. With it’s signature 3/4 timing, airy rise and fall, and music box-like hold, no other dance better conjures images of romance and grace. As functional as it is lovely, waltz is the perfect dance to improve balance, strength, and softness in your movement.

Tango

Most know that the Tango is the dance of seduction, of mystery, and of passion. However, tango can also be hauntingly beautiful and deeply introspective. Tango’s unique hold and cat like style of movement not only make it a show stopper on the floor, but a great method for learning musicality, sharp footwork, strong body carriage, and powerful leg actions. An excellent dance to get “lost in”, tango challenges both the body and mind.

Foxtrot

If you have ever dreamed of dancing in a long gown or a sleek tuxedo and floating across the floor like Fred and Ginger, then Foxtrot is the dance for you! Rooted in the music of “The Great American Songbook”, foxtrot is an elegant dance that glides effortlessly across the floor before whisking into a series of pivot turns or picturesque lines. The classic dance for a wedding or gala, foxtrot is simple enough for beginners to learn quickly and broad enough to challenge ballroom enthusiasts for years.

Viennese Waltz

Viennese Waltz‘s defining characteristic is its whimsical turning. Significantly faster than it’s namesake, Viennese waltz harkens back to the grand balls of Austria, and is arguably the “dreamiest” dance of all. While it is not as common socially in this day and age, it is still an excellent dance for learning grace, agility, balance, and posture. It is dashing, graceful, and few sights compare to the grandeur of a room full of couples waltzing around the floor!

Quickstep

Quickstep is unmistakable in it’s playful gliding, jumping, and sometimes running motion across the dance floor! This smooth alternative to swing dancing is similarly danced to the classic sounds of American big band music. Although quickstep looks intimidating to the television or competition viewer, the basics of the dance are surprisingly easy and enormously fun! Quickstep is a wonderful dance to work on smooth movement, proper dance frame, and obviously, fast feet.

Salsa

The Salsa is arguably the most popular of all current partner dances, and for good reason. The salsa is a fun, flirty, and simple dance designed to accommodate the many different styles of music that make up it’s history. Usually danced quite quickly, salsa is a fun way to get in shape, work on musicality, and introduce yourself to the “language” of latin dancing.

Argentine Tango

The Argentine Tango, so named in ballroom circles to distinguish it from its more formal counterpart, is one of the most easily recognizable and beloved dances in the world. Although its more taboo origins are widely known, the sultry, passionate, dance that comes from deep in the heart of Buenos Aires is now seen as a beautiful expression of romance, drama, and sometimes even playfulness. Noted for its closed embrace, improvisational swivels, and quick leg flicks the Argentine Tango is the perfect dance for those looking to escape life for a while.