You might be surprised by the bolero, a dance common to American ballroom competition and which combines Cuban dance motion with the rise and fall of more traditional ballroom dances. Also perhaps surprisingly, the music for the bolero does not have to be Latin in origin, though it falls into the latin dance lesson category.
Find Your Rhythm with the Cha Cha
Most people know the basic rhythm of the cha cha simply because the syncopated rhythm has infiltrated our culture. The dance itself is both energetic and sensual, with lots of hip action and careful steps. The dance has two variations of its original dance, inspired by Cuban music and movement—American rhythm and International Latin style.
Express Yourself with the Mambo
The mambo you know may not be the mambo your Northern friends may know, oddly enough. Though the original mambo, which began in Cuba and migrated quickly into the dance studios of Mexico and, gradually, to New York City, is still very much alive and well, the “mambo” most people know is actually more like a variation of the salsa. The U.S. version of the mambo is more structured than the more emotional, interpretive original, but they are both sensual and involve a full body performance—you’ll learn the structured version in your latin dance lessons.
Fight Through the Paso Doble
This Spanish dance is traditionally danced to the music used in bull fights, Obviously, it’s a lively couples’ dance that often involves the leader playing the role of the bullfighter, mimicking the gestures and posturing of the matador in the ring. The follower can play a variety of roles, most often the matador’s cape but could also possibly be the shadow of the bullfighter or even the bull.
Dance a Romantic Rumba
The rumba is one of four international Latin dances, the lowest of them all. The dance was inspired by Cuban music and movement. The social rumba does not involve many of the complexities of competition rumba, but both focus on a basic box figure that can be added upon for style and performance.
Step into a Sassy Samba
The Samba, as a musical genre and dance style, comes to us from Brazil and has become a symbol of the brightness and energy of Brazilian Carnival. The dance has a 2/4 rhythm but three steps, making it feel like a ¾ rhythm. The ballroom samba, which is done with a partner in either open or closed position, is quite different than the cultural samba, but both reflect the lively atmosphere of Carnival.
Whatever you want to learn, latin dance lessons from the experts at Austin Arthur Murray will help you master the rhythm, steps, and performance quality of these dynamic dances.