The history of dance is really fascinating. Different cultures have created so many dances to celebrate, worship, even mourn. It is through dance that people have expressed themselves all the way back before documented history. Here are some of the dances we teach and how they came to be.
Foxtrot: The Foxtrot originated in 1914 by Vaudeville actor Harry Fox. It has a combination of quick and slow steps which permits more flexibility and gives much greater dancing pleasure than the one-step and two-step which it replaced.
Waltz: From the German word walzen which means to roll, turn, or to glide. It originiated in the suburbs of Vienna in the 17th century. The first time the Waltz was danced in the United States was in 1834 in Boston. It took time but by the 19th century it was strongly established in the United States society.
Tango: The deep roots of Tango lie in African Slavery. Tango was first danced in Europe before World War I. An image most often associated with the Tango is of a cat stalking its prey. There are three different types of Tango, Argentine, American and International Style, each type is different and unique in its own way. The Tango is a very popular ballroom dance and continues to grow in popularity everyday.
Cha Cha: Originally known as the Cha Cha Cha the became popular in 1954. The dance consists of three quick steps and two slower steps. It is said that Cha Cha is one of the most dominant "pop" rhythms of the last 40 to 50 years. Its a very upbeat and playful dance. Artists such as Carlos Santana, Marc Anthony, and Ricky Martin make music popular to the Cha Cha world.
Rumba: The word Rumba comes from the word "rumbear" which means to go to parties, dancing and having fun. The Rumba infuence began in the 16th century with the black slaves imported from Africa. The music for Rumba is a staccato beat in keeping with vigorous expressive movements of dancers. Some instruments used are the maracas, the claves, the marimbola, and the drums. The Fascinating rhythms and bodily expressions of Rumba make it one of the most popular ballroom dances.
East Coast Swing: East Coast Swing is a 6 count style of the Lindy hop and is very popular in the ballroom dance world.