Rhythm and Latin

Cha Cha

A passionate upbeat style that is the spice of Latin dancing.   The fiery energy and playful character make this dance a favorite to all ages.  Cha Cha rhythm can be found in many styles of music spanning decades, and it has a magical way of enticing couples onto the dance floor.  This dance is a must know for anyone who enjoys high energy partnerships, fun dance moves, and exciting music.


This dance is often referred to as “The Dance of Love” and is a common selection by wedding couples as their first dance.  The Rumba is danced to romantic melodies, and the Latin influence creates a sensuality that is unmatched.  This dance is the foundation of all Latin dancing, as it is often used to solidify the Latin Motion Technique that occurs throughout all Rhythm and Latin dances

East Coast Swing

A lively and upbeat member of the Swing family, East Coast Swing is often popular with the young dance crowd as it is high energy and can be danced to Retro and Modern Rock. Although, with it origins back in the 20s, and again in the 40s and 50s, it is also danced to Classic Rock and Big Band Orchestras. This is a dance that is versatile and can be danced in single, double and triple rhythms.


A Spanish dance that at first glance can resemble a very slow Rumba, the Bolero is also a dance of Romance with subtle percussion and a sense of passion…the ballad, the Bongo, the Bolero. Done more in performance and in competition than on a Social dance floor, Bolero requires accomplished technique, balance and control. Its style and story is a supreme pleasure both to perform and to watch.


You might say the Mambo is the traditional, classic “Grand-daddy” of Salsa.  This Latin dance originated in Cuba and made its way to the States at the end of World War II, along with the import of the Latin influence in music.  It is a fast dance with a syncopated beat, and has enticing music, lots of flair, and stylishly sexy Cuban motion.  Recognizing and keeping the beat in this dance is both difficult and essential.


Many will agree that the Merengue is the easiest of all partner dances to learn.  It is made of mostly marching to an 8 Count beat.  Sometimes known as the Latin “one-step”, it can be found as an often played favorite in Latin Clubs through out the world.  This dance originated in the Dominican Republic and is characterized by chasses to the side and forward with lots of turns and lots of fun.  If you are out social dancing, you will want have this easy dance in your repertoire.


Dancing to the beautiful music of Brazil is like a celebration. Sometimes referred to as the Brazilian Waltz, the Samba will move you around the room with its characteristic “pulsing” action called Samba Bounce. Even though the dance is relatively fast, it’s feel is almost that of relaxation because of the soft up and down motion.