Latin Dances

Merengue is a dance from the Dominican Republic. One of the easiest Latin dances to learn and very simple to follow and makeup steps. Beautiful, sensuous body movements are typical. Usually danced to very fast tempos.

Bachata is another popular dance also from the Dominican Republic. Very rhythmic, it’s danced in a close embrace. Ignored for many years because it was considered the poor people’s dance, it has now become very successful.

Salsa is one of the world’s most popular dances. It is based on Afro-Cuban musical roots and while it originated in Cuba as Mambo, many of its music & dance innovations took place in New York City. Currently, Salsa classes focus on the (on 2) style popularized in New York, Club style.

Classic Style Salsa on 1 The Salsa/Mambo basic step is defined by a “quick-quick-slow” to the rhythm of the percussion.  The “break step” can be done on any of the 8-beats of the music.  In Classic Style Salsa “On 1,” the break step occurs on the 1st beat of the music.

Salsa on 2  In New York Style Salsa/Mambo, the break step occurs on the 2nd beat of the music, hence the name “On2”!

Open Work Classes: When you are not dancing with your partner, it’s time to shine! Traditionally called Shines, open work is free-form musical expression that can be done while dancing alone or with partner. From the basic step to sliding across the dance floor, shines make up the essence of this dance.

Partner Work Classes: An enjoyable and very popular part of salsa/mambo is Partner Work. In Partner Work class, you will learn everything you need to confidently and gracefully lead or follow (or both!) a partner on the dance floor. In the class, you will rotate and practice with different students so no need to worry about bringing a partner- just your dance shoes!

Men’s & Ladies’ Styling Class: Develop more sophisticated movement and expression in your dancing through styling. Styling involves coordinating your arm movements with all aspects of your dancing. This class is recommended only to those students have mastered the basics of Salsa Mambo “On2”.

Spinning Technique Class: Our spinning technique teaches you balance, spotting, posture and fluidity in turns and moving across the floor. Your goal is not to be confined to choreographed turns and spins but to be free to spin from any position, on any leg, at will. Appropriate for all levels of students.

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