a revival of partner dancing in the clubs and certainly at social occasions, it
behooves you to know how. Not exactly the freestyle of disco, you need to know
the basic steps. Social dances are those not included in the ballroom dances.
These generally include the two-Step, Merengue, West Coast Swing, Salsa and the
Hustle (dance craze from the 70s).
social dances and what's happening in the clubs and see if you can master the
moves! We're here to help. You'll look a lot better and have lots more fun.
Here's some background on the club dances we're talking about!
The Lindy Hop or "Swing" started in a Harlem nightclub back in the 1930s. A
rather acrobatic type of dance it involved the woman sometimes in the air! The
Hip to Hip, Side Flip, and Over the Back were some of the steps of the time.
Dance studios started teaching The Lindy Hop in the 40s and the rest as we say
is history. Frank Manning was one of the young Harlem dancers who excelled at
the Lindy. Watch him at 93 years of age give a lesson in 2007 at the right. The
Jitterbug and several other dances owe their origin to the Lindy Hop.
The West Coast Swing (also
known as Western Swing) is a partner dance that has its origins in the Lindy
Hop. It is danced in "step step tri-ple-step tri-ple-step" pattern equaling
eight steps in six beats of music. The term "count" is used as a synonym for a
"beat". This dance is popular in clubs as it can be danced to today's rock
music. It is a dance which steps are easily improvised, as long as you partner
knows what you're doing. Watch Jordan and Tatiana work those turns and move
those feet! You can do It.
Eastern Swing or East Coast Swing, is a fast swing dance sometimes called the
"jitterbug" and other names. The name also helped to separate it from the
Western Swing, which developed in California. The basic step of single-step East
Coast Swing is either "rock step, step, step" or "step, step, rock step". In
both cases, the rock step always starts on the downbeat. Why don't you come on
by and take a couple of lessons. It is great exercise and fun to do.
The Mambo of yesteryear, which was created in the late 40s in Cuba is completely
different from what is called "mambo" today. The dance today is better known as
Salsa and if you're looking for Salsa dance
lessons take a look. But
Who doesn't recognize the opening bars of "Mambo #5" take a listen to the King of the Mambo,
gives it his all.
originated in the Dominican Republic and can be traced back as far as the mid
1800s. Thought to have come from Haiti it was considered a "country" rhythm. The
dance reached its zenith during the reign of Trujillo (Dictator from 1930-1961).
From peasant roots himself, he promoted the music as a national symbol. The
Merengue is a simple dance to learn, the old saying is "if you can walk, you can
merengue" gives you the idea. You simply step left, right, left right, it has
the tempo of marching music and you dance on the beat. Combine a few steps with
the right music and you've got a very exciting dance!
what type of club or social dance lesson you might be interested we can help.
Call today 602.694.4088 to stand out at the clubs!