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The Ballroom Dances

 Ballroom dances consist of two major types: Standard (smooth) and Latin
 (rhythm) dances. Examples of these two dances styles follow.

 Bolero
 A slow Latin dance which originated as a form of Rumba, and still shares many of the same
 figures. Bolero differs from Rumba in its style of movement.

 Cha Cha
 An exciting, syncopated Latin dance which originated in the 1950's, the Cha Cha is
 probably the most popular social Latin dance in America. The infectious,  syncopated
 rhythm of the cha-cha-cha makes the dance a hit with young and old alike.

 Foxtrot
 The foxtrot is the nation’s most popular dance, and a standard ballroom dance the world
 over. It is truly American in origin, invented in 1913 by Harry Fox, a star in the Ziegfield
 Follies. The foxtrot is characterized by smooth, gliding steps that progress around the
 ballroom floor. Foxtrot music can be smooth or swingy, Big Band style or contemporary.
 Foxtrot is the classic dance for wedding receptions and social  events.

 Hustle
 Hustle is a fast, smooth, slotted dance noted for its elaborate spins and turns, especially
 for the lady. In Hustle, the lady spins almost constantly, while her partner catches her
 and redirects her movement. It is a rhythmically challenging dance, with an unusual timing
 pattern. Hustle is a club style dance that can be adapted to crowded nightclub dance
 floors.

 Mambo
 The Mambo was born in Cuba, and is characterized by exciting rhythms, playful
 interactions and Latin-style hip motion. A unique feature of the Mambo is that the dancer
 holds the first beat in every measure. Most of the movements emphasize the second beat
 in the measure, suggestive of the Clave rhythm, which is fundamental to Mambo music.

 Merengue
 Merengue is a simple, fun dance that originated in the Dominican Republic. The Merengue
 is characterized by a marching style using a strong eight-count rhythm with a step on
 every beat, and lively leg, knee and hip actions characteristic of Latin dances. The simple
 march tempo is easy to hear and feel, and the music is charming and happy.

 Night Club 2-Step
 It is frequently danced to mid-tempo ballads in 4/4 time that have a characteristic
 Quick-Quick-Slow beat, like
Lady In Red. Some think NC2s has evolved to include elements
 from other dances such as Rumba and Samba
.

 Paso Doble
 Paso Doble is a dramatic French-Spanish, Flamenco-style march danced in 2/4
 time. The dance of the bullfight, the Paso Doble is an exhibition-style dance where
 the man represents the matador and the lady his cape.

 Quickstep
 The name quickstep was adopted for the quick foxtrot, as the foxtrot music became slower
 and slower. Quickstep music is up-tempo and lively, and the dance is characterized by a
 variety of hops, skips, lock steps and chassés, requiring significant skill on the part of
 the dancer. The quickstep was also influenced by the Charleston, and contains some of
 the Charleston's bounce and fancy foot patterns.

 Rumba
 The Rumba is a slow and romantic Latin dance inspired by African rhythms and Latin
 melodies, and characterized by sensual hip and leg movements. Danced in one place, the
 Rumba shows off the couple's skill through flirtatious interplay between man and lady.

 Salsa
 The Salsa is a popular Latin nightclub dance that evolved as a modified form of Mambo.
 Salsa works on the basis of Mambo - a pattern of six steps danced over eight counts of
 music--and came about when dancers started mixing up Mambo with Hustle steps. Young
 people worldwide jam Latin clubs pulsating to today's hot Salsa rhythms. Salsa dancing is
 characterized by fancy footwork, intricate arm styling, and exciting turns and spins.

 Samba
 Samba is a Latin dance with origins in Brazil, popularized in the movies of Carmen
 Miranda. Samba has very distinctive and varied rhythms occurring simultaneously within
 the song, which add richness as well listening excitement. The characteristic Samba
 movement is a bouncing action, achieved by the continuous flexing and straightening of
 the knees.

 Foxy Slow Dance
 Foxy dance songs are ballads based on a four beat rhythm danced at 15-23 measures per
 minute. Because the mood of these songs is usually dreamy and romantic, slow dances
 are very popular nightclub and wedding dance selections. Examples of popular slow
 dances are
Unforgettable and At Last.

 Swing
 The swing is full of pep and turning actions danced in a carefree, relaxed style. The dance
 was born when, in the 1930's, bandleaders discovered that by shifting the accent of the
 foxtrot rhythms from counts 1 and 3 to counts 2 and 4, they created a Swinging rhythm.
 Before long the dance swept across the US and became known as the Swing. Swing music
 is generally up-tempo and bouncy. In contrast to the waltz and foxtrot, swing is danced in
 a small area and does not progress around the dance floor. The international version of
 the swing is the Jive, a fast dance executed in syncopated rhythm.

 Tango
 Born in the West Indies, stylized by the gauchos of Argentina, simmered in the brothels
 of Buenos Aires and transported to the elegant salons of Paris, the Tango is a highly
 stylized dance characterized by dramatic stalking actions, staccato head movements, and
 its contrast of stillness and speed.

 Tango, Argentine
 Argentine Tango is a more intensely intimate form of Tango where the couple dances
 cheek to cheek, using intricate, intertwining leg actions and fast foot flicks, giving the
 Argentine Tango a very sensual look and feel. Argentine Tango has become very popular
 in Latin nightclubs.

 Viennese Waltz
 Developed in Southern Germany in the 17th century, the Viennese Waltz blossomed to
 the music of Johann Strauss. Viennese Waltz is a fast paced version of the slow Waltz,
 characterized by rotational, progressive and dynamic movement accompanied by leg and
 body swing.

 Waltz
 Waltz might be the most popular dance of all time, since it is considered the forerunner
 of popular social dancing. The Waltz is a very common dance all around the world. Waltz
 music is romantic and lilting, distinguished by its one-two-three tempo (three beats of
 music per measure). Waltz is characterized by a rise and fall action, and is very
 commonly danced at weddings and other social events.

 West Coast Swing
 Characterized by a laid-back and slotted style of movement, West Coast Swing is a
 smoother version of Swing. The dance utilizes steps and actions of the Swing adapted to
 fit rhythm-and-blues type music.

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Cha Cha Cha

Foxtrot

Hustle

Mambo

Merengue

Night Club 2-Step

Paso Doble

Quickstep

Rumba

Salsa

Samba

Foxy Slow Dance

Swing

Tango

Tango, Argentine

Viennese Waltz

Waltz

West Coast Swing