Social Dance Styles
Afrikaans Two Step/Foxtrot - A must have dance in South Africa. Afrikaans Two Step/Social Foxtrot will keep you on the dance floor most of the evening due to it's versatility with old and new music alike, be it slow or fast.
Social Slow/Fast Waltz - One of the most loved of all dances, this style covers a specific and easily recognisable style of music. Its flow around the floor and beautiful rise and fall action makes it both wonderful to dance and lovely to behold.
Loopdans - What I call the modern sokkie, this dance is most popular amongst the youth of today and is most useful for the very fast tempos we find in today's modern pop Afrikaans music.
East Coast Swing/Jive/Rock and Roll - Born from the jovial and lively music of the War Years, this fun, upbeat and energetic dance is great with the infectious rhythms of the 40's to the 70's, but also many modern tracks of today.
Argentine Tango - From the discreet nightclubs of Buenos Aires in the 1890's, the sensual and intimate Argentine Tango has become one of the most loved of romantic social dances. The truest dance of intimate partner connection.
Hustle - Think of the catchy rhythms's of the 1970's disco era and you have the Hustle, an exciting and fun style of partner dance involving plenty of turning and special effect actions. Not to be missed.
Nightclub Two-Step - Developed as a form of swing in the 1960's, a gentle, elegant and fairly easy dance enjoyed to mid to slow tempo contemporary music as well as Night Club Jazz and Blues of the crooner era.
Latin American Dances
Salsa/Mambo - Meaning Spicy or Hot in Spanish, the sexy Salsa has gained enormous popularity and a huge following around the world, including South Africa. Think "Dirty Dancing" and the Reggae and Latino Rhythms of the Caribbean, the Salsa once mastered will forever remain a faourite.
Rumba (Box Step & International) - The romantic and graceful Rumba, this beautiful and slow Latin American Dance is enjoyed for those special moments on the dance floor with your partner of the moment.
Cha Cha - The Cheeky Cha Cha is a playful and highly interactive dance that is used for the unmistakable cha cha rhythm, both popular in the days of old and in many modern tracks and music styles of today.
Samba - Take a trip with your partner to the Mardi Gras parade's of Rio de Janeiro Brazil and dance the Samba, arguably the most rhythmic of Latin Dances with it's beautiful lines and gentle bounce action.
Ballroom Dance Styles
Social Foxtrot and Slow Foxtrot - Smoothness and Movement characterise this elegant and beautiful dance, being useful for most music rhythms whether danced slow or slightly faster. The Social Foxtrot is normally the first dance taught to those wanting to get on the dance floor sooner than later!
Slow Waltz - Waltz is characterized by rise and fall and by sway on the side steps. The feet remain in contact with the floor at all times, creating a smooth, gliding look. Waltz is a progressive dance down the line of dance (counter-clockwise) and the Waltz frame is the typical Smooth frame essential for balance and control. Waltz has an elegant gracefulness with a romantic and sometimes sad, feel.
Ballroom Tango -
Tango is characterized by a close hold, a low center of gravity and an
emphasis on Contra Body movement. Movement is stealthy, almost cat-like
and has an unmistakable staccato feel and major dramatic attitude.