Dances We Teach
Below is a small sample of dances styles we teach. For the full list of dances classes we offer, please contact our dance studio.
In Spanish, Salsa means “sauce,” implying a spicy, hot flavor. Some say the radio disc jockeys in Puerto Rico came up with term “Salsa” in the 1960s. A combination of enhanced jazz textures and an Afro-Cuban beat creates an aggressive high-energy pulse that is popular wherever you go. Patterns of the dance are like those in the Cha-Cha and Mambo.
The musical styles from the original Lindy Hop Era have seen a renaissance, firing the imagination of a new generation of swing dancers. But, the acrobatic style found in exhibitions isn’t the same as the style enjoyed by most dancers, which is a quietly rhythmic style of dance.
Characterized by dramatic movements, the Tango is among the most iconic and passionate dances. Dancers must develop fluid graceful movements and controlled staccato footwork in order to achieve the dance’s distinctive style. The music’s unique rhythm provides great training for the dancer to develop timing and phrasing.
John Travolta helped make the Hustle popular in the movie “Saturday Night Fever.” The dance originated in the 1970s Disco Era, and it, along with the music, swept across the country. While the white suits and gold chains that Travolta sported in the movie have faded away, the dance has remained a popular mainstay. This fusion of Swing and Disco is still popular in nightclubs across the country.
Waltz is regraded as “The Mother of All Dances.” The mechanics in the waltz are the foundation for all ballroom dances including Viennese Waltz, Quickstep, and the Foxtrot. Its 3/4 time signature makes the music easily recognizable. Originally done in the ballrooms at big parties and aristocratic events, it has evolved from line dancing to more of a partner dance. Over the years, the waltz has continued to evolve to embellish more sweeping moments and beautiful picture lines. This is a truly classical and timeless style of dance.
The Bachata originated in the countryside of the Dominican Republic. It emerged from the music being played in the night clubs during the 1960’s. Nowadays, influences of Argentine tango and Zouk have inspired new bachata movements and patterns which make this dance even more romantic and creative.
The syncopated steps and open movements make the Cha-Cha an easy way to add fun to your dancing. The Cha-Cha’s energetic rhythm gets dancers to cut loose, and with so many interesting combinations, dancers will feel the pulsating Latin rhythms that make this dance so interesting.
Merengue stands alone as a dance that puts one-step timing together with Cuban Motion, making it helpful in learning other Latin dances. There is a march-type beat that helps sharpen timing and coordination. The dance also helps develop the ability to togue, while giving dancers the ability to develop a clearer interpretation of musical rhythm.
Arthur Murray Whitefish Bay Dance Studio offers a Country Western syllabus that focuses on a variety of popular dances, including Two Step, Country Swing, Country Shuffle, and Country Waltz. These dances can be found at nearly every country bar or outing!
Often called the “get-acquainted” or “First Impression” dance, Foxtrot music became an instant classic in the early 1920’s. However, to achieve the smooth and sophisticated “trot” proved difficult for beginner dancers. Arthur Murray created a beginner version of the foxtrot known as “The Magic Step.” To this day, “The Magic Step” has proved to be exactly that; a magic step that has made a sophisticated and complex step, easy to master by anyone who tries!
Rumba is known as “The Latin Dance of Love.” The music is slow and emotive, and the style of moment features hip actions and a close embrace with your partner. This dance truly embodies love and romance. It is a must know slow dance for those wanting to have variety and intimacy in their slow dancing. Rumba leg and hip actions are the fundamentals that all Latin dances encompass. If you want to look natural and authentic when you dance, then you must know the rumba.
Bolero has evolved over time from a 3/4-time Spanish dance, to a 2/4-time dance in Cuba and, finally, into 4/4 time. Today, it is a slower version of Rumba rhythm. To describe it is to recall other dances — it has the contra-body motion of the Tango, the rise and fall of the Waltz, and the rhythm of the Rumba. Bolero uses techniques found in other dances to create a sensual, romantic dance.