International Latin Dancing
Most of our International Latin Dance lessons are private. However, every term we teach one style in the last part of the salsa class on Thursdays. Please, refer to our Timetable for more information.
DRESS CODE: There is no specific dress code for this class, and people usually wear casual clothes. For the shoes, ladies can wear flats or heels, as long as they are comfortable to dance in for one hour, and also ensuring they have an ankle strap or are well fitted to the feet so they don't slip out as you dance or turn. Sneakers and thongs are not recommended.
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The Rumba tells a story of love and passion between a male lover and a teasing woman; it is one of the most popular ballroom dances and is seen around the world at nightclubs, parties, weddings and dance competitions.
The Rumba is a very slow, serious, and romantic with flirtation between the partners. This dance is fun to watch, as many of its basic figures sort to tease the other - the lady flirts with and then rejects her male partner.
Cha Cha Cha
The Cha Cha Cha is one of the newest Latin American dances in international competition.
But it is still seen as a "party dance", being played in most of the Latin Music Clubs. It has got a cheeky nature and playful rhythm that can be easily picked up by anyone. The Cha Cha rhythms can be easily identified in some popular songs such as: "Get this party started" –Pink, "Unchain my heart" Joe Cocker, "Represent Cuba" – Orisha
What differentiates the cha cha from other music written with four beats to the bar is that there is a little rhythmic triplet joining each bar to the next.
The cha cha does not move around the room, so small steps should be taken.
The"Cha Cha" is danced at about 44 beats per minute. The steps are taken on the beats, with a strong hip movement as the knee straightens on the half beats in between. The weight is kept well forward, with forward steps taken toe-flat, and with minimal torso movement. The chasse on 4&1 is used to emphasize the step on beat 1, which may be held a moment longer than the other steps to match the emphasis of the beat in the music.
The ballroom Samba is a travelling dance so it progresses quickly around the floor with plenty of rhythm and movement at the waist and the legs.
Jive is a formalised version of rock and roll dancing. It is essentially a variant of the swing whereby the hip swings from side to side and the weight changes resemble a type of skipping and hopping. Swing come from the 1930's to the 1940's.