A style of music and dance unique to Southern Africa. It is also referred to in Afrikaans as "langarm", "sakkie-sakkie" or “Two-Step”.
A repetitive, swung note or shuffle rhythm/groove.
A syncretic dance form with origins in Cuba as the meeting point of Spanish and African cultures.
Its lyrics and music are marked by nostalgia, expressed through melodic instruments including the bandoneon. Originated at the ending of the 19th century in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, it quickly grew in popularity.
A rhythmical Latin dance which originated in the 1940's as a modified form of Mambo. It's fun, energetic, sexy and flirtatious, easily distinguished from other dances by its addictive "Step, Step, Cha Cha Cha" rhythm.
Rumba is both a family of music rhythms and a dance style that originated in Africa and traveled via the slave trade to Cuba and the New World.
East Coast Swing can be referred to by many different names in different regions of the United States and the World. It has alternatively been called Eastern Swing, Jitterbug, American Swing, East Coast Lindy, Lindy (not to be confused with Lindy Hop), and Triple Swing.
Samba is one of the most popular forms of music in Brazil. It is widely viewed as Brazil's national musical style. Samba is a lively, rhythmical dance of Brazilian origin
A type of lively, joyful music and dance that comes from the Dominican Republic. Origins are traced to the second half of 18th century, but are still disputed.
Bolero originated in Spain in the late 18th century, a combination of the contradanza and the sevillana. It is danced by either a soloist or a couple.
It is characterized by a distinctive elastic look that results from its basic extension-compression technique of partner connection, and is danced primarily in a slotted area on the dance floor. The dance allows for both partners to improvise steps while dancing together, putting West Coast Swing in a short list of dances that put a premium on improvisation.
A Latin dance of Cuban origin that corresponds to mambo music.
From the late teens through the 1940s, the foxtrot was certainly the most popular fast dance.
The name of the waltz is taken from the Italian ‘volver’ -to turn, or revolve.
What is now called the Viennese waltz is the original form of the waltz. It was the first ballroom dance performed in the closed hold or "waltz" position.
Tango dance originated in the area of the Rio de la Plata, and spread to the rest of the world soon after.
Evolved in the 1920s. A lot of movement on the dance floor, with many advanced patterns including hops, runs, quick steps with a lot of momentum, and rotation.
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