Standard BallroomTeacher: Oksana Zolotarevskaya / Hugues Napoleon / Aliaksandra Davydava
The tango is a partner dance that originated in the 1890s along the Río de la Plata, the natural border between Argentina and Uruguay, and soon spread to the rest of the world. Early tango was known as tango criollo (Creole tango). The highly seductive, dramatically passionate moves of the Tango give it drama and power. Today, there are many forms of tango extant. Popularly and among tango dancing circles, the authentic tango is considered to be the one closest to the form originally danced in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. The sensual moves of the Tango make it a very popular dance.
The waltz most often refers to a dance, usually performed in 3/4 time, that features three steps per measure, has partners in a closed stance holding onto each other, and has beautiful turns and swirls. It is considered in present day as an elegant dance that evokes an old-fashioned past. This is much in contrast to the way the dance was first perceived when it was introduced in Vienna, Austria in the seventeenth century. There are several forms of waltz today, that are judged separately in ballroom dance competitions. Viennese Waltzes are quick dances, with most beats corresponding to steps taken by dancers. Slow waltzes, now simply called waltzes in most international dancing competitions are smooth, slower dances, with many more hesitation steps. Elegant and nearly universal, the waltz should be one of the first ballroom dances you learn. It’s perfect for a wedding dance, and will help you to make an impression in any social setting.
This thrilling dance dates back to the 1700’s in Europe. It was a dance first popular with the common folk and then with the upper classes. Waltz began to appear on the operatic stages of Vienna in 1787. As the popularity of the Waltz increased in Vienna, so did its tempo. This new version of Waltz became known as Viennese Waltz. Viennese Waltz is characterized by its speed - twice as fast as Waltz, as well as a rise and fall and sway ,less than Waltz. With its elegance and turns, Viennese Waltz has an air of magic about it.
The foxtrot is a smooth, progressive dance characterized by long, continuous flowing movements across the dance floor. It is danced to big band (usually vocal) musicMany believe it came from Vaudeville Actor Henry Fox in the summer of 1914. While appearing in New York shows with Yansci Dolly of the famous Dolly Sisters in the act of Hammerstein’s, Henry involved trotting steps to ragtime music that members of the audience would then go away and imitate, reffering to the dance as “Fox’s Trot.” . The dance is similar in its look to waltz, although the rhythm is in a 4 4 time signature instead of 3 4. America’s favorite dance is written in 4/4, and can be danced to most music types, whether slow or fast. If you can walk, you can dance the Fox Trot!
The quickstep is a light-hearted member of the standard ballroom dances. The movement of the dance is fast and powerfully flowing and sprinkled with syncopations. The upbeat melodies that quickstep is danced to make it suitable for both formal and informal events. Quickstep was developed in the twenties in New York and was first danced by Caribbean and African dancers. Its origins are in combination of slow foxtrot combined with the Charleston, a dance which was one of the precursors to what today is called swing dancing.
Most Disco dances have strong roots in Swing. The Hustle is believed to have originated in New York in 1970. It went through many incarnations in the seventies, with line dances for groups of people, solo movements that came and went, and partnership dances. These partnership dances included The Basic Hustle, Latin, Spanish and Tango Hustle (thankfully gone for good), and the most popular Street, Three-Count or Swing Hustle that originated in California as the street Hustle by skaters in Venice and Malibu. John Travolta and “Saturday Night Fever” gave Hustle its place in American pop culture. Hustle is danced to the contemporary pop, Hip Hop, or “House” dance music of the last 20 years. Most People dance New York style or Swing Hustle. It is a fast, smooth dance which is all about hands. The lady spins almost continuously, while her partner leads her back and forth in a “slotted” linear formation.
Argentine Tango is a partner dance that developed over the last century in Argentina's capital city, Buenos Aires. It is different from the Tango in International and American ballroom dancing. Argentine Tango is an interpretive, improvisational social dance that allows the dancers to develop a deep connection between themselves, the music, and the environment in which they are dancing.