The cha-cha is a lively Latin dance that originated in the 1950s. A series of slow and quick steps with hip movements, the cha-cha is a great Latin dance for couples to learn. Once you have the basics, there are many variations to keep this Latin dance a favourite. Whether you dance the cha-cha to the traditional Cuban music or today’s Latin pop, you will enjoy making this one of your first ballroom dances. Advanced ballroom dancers can perfect their knee and hip movement, while working with more intricate rhythms and patterns.
Originating in Argentina over a hundred years ago, the tango made its way from Buenos Aires to Europe in the early years of the last century. The passionate dance became very popular in Paris and other European cities. It was adapted for ballroom dancers and became a staple of competitive dance. The International style ballroom tango remains a favourite with today’s ballroom dancers.
A lively Latin dance, Samba is originally from Brazil. The Samba blends African and Brazilian rhythms and music for an intense Latin dance that ballroom couples love to learn. Danced to a 2/4 or 4/4 musical time, this Latin dance features soft knee work and a unique hip movement. Samba workshops are a fun introduction to this wonderful Latin dance.
An American dance developed in the early 20th century, Quickstep (also known as Foxtrot) is a core component of ballroom dancing. Danced to big band music in a 4/4 time signature, Quickstep moves smoothly around the dance floor. With its heel turns and integrated slow and quick steps, this ballroom dance form combines technical difficulty and grace. The Quickstep's fluid movements and flowing patterns create a ballroom dance very similar to the waltz. In his ballroom dance lessons, Gus breaks down the Quickstep to its simplest rhythms and patterns so that couples enjoy learning this wonderful ballroom dance.
Rhumba is one of the ballroom dances which occurs in social dance and in international competitions. Of the five competitive international Latin dances (pasodoble, samba, cha-cha-cha, jive, and rumba), it is the slowest. This ballroom rumba was derived from a Cuban rhythm and dance called the bolero-son; the international style was derived from studies of dance in Cuba in the pre-revolutionary period.
The Viennese Waltz is the oldest and perhaps most famous of the waltzes. Danced at a much faster tempo than the slow waltz, the Viennese Waltz combines speed, grace and rotation for a stunning ballroom dance.
Once a couple has learned the slow waltz, they are ready to learn the Viennese Waltz.
When it first debuted it was considered very risqué but today the dance has become one of the best known and loved of the ballroom dances.
One of the most beautiful ballroom dances, the waltz has been a popular dance for centuries. Originally from Austria, the waltz had made its way through many other countries.
A favorite ballroom dance for centuries, the slow waltz is an elegant, progressive ballroom dance. There is one step for each of the three beats in the waltz measure in the slow waltz.
Couples learning ballroom dance always enjoy the slow waltz.
One hour private lessons for ballroom and Latin dance. Gus's studio features state of the art sound and video equipment. Every class has a video recording so you can see how to improve.
At the end of your lesson, Gus will work with you to create a short video reviewing and explaining your new dance steps.
Clear instructions and a slow demonstration of the material help you remember your new dance. The video arrives in your email long before the next lesson so that you can review and practice in between dance classes.
It's a great way to get the most out of every class!