Overview-History: The original Swing step was known as the Lindy-Hop which was created and then named in the late 1920’s, after Charles Lindburg made his famous cross-Atlantic hop from New York to Paris in 1927. Nicknamed the "Jitterbug" after a professional dance troup did a show where they were dressed like fireflies with flashing lights on their costumes. Since then there have been many variations of the Lindy-Hop/Jitterbug, this one being the most popular.
Single count swing ("Jitter-bug")
Overview-History: This style is most often reffered to as the "Jitter-bug" even more so than the original Lindy-hop. It is probaby the most popular variation of the Lindy-hop as well, due to it's simplicity and versatility. This style is geared toward a medium to fast tempo range. This style is also one of the most versatile in terms of music that people can dance to.
East Coast Swing
Overview-History: This swing variation, also know as "triple step Swing" is probably the closest to the original Lindy-hop style. Also referred to as “romantic swing” this style is a slower flowing pattern and was created out on the east coast as a simplified version of the original Lindy-hop. The East Coast Swing is also very similar to the "Jive" which you would see in ballroom competition and is danced at a much faster tempo.
Overview-History: The Foxtrot was created by a vaudeville performer by the name of Harry Fox in New York in 1913. Little did he know it would become an overnight success (once discovered by New York dance instructors) and is still one of the most popular social dances today. The social style of Foxtrot is designed as a walking, talking style of dance that's great for special events, or just social dancing, and is one of the easiest of all the styles to learn.
Overview-History: The Waltz emerged in the mid 1700's from Austria and Bavaria. It then made it's way throughout Europe, and quickly became one of the most popular steps amongst the Royals. The Waltz eventually made it's way to the United States. It is now one of the ballroom standards and one of the most popular for weddings and special events.
Overview-History: The Viennese Waltz dates from the 1700's, probably as early as 1750. It got to England after the War of 1812. In 1814 the Viennese Waltz was credited with helping to put the ambassadors to the Congress of Vienna in the frame of mind to amicably settle the mess left after Napoleon's first retirement. It is still popular in Vienna. This style moves much more quickly in terms of footwork and often times to a faster Waltz tempo. Viennese Waltz is a beautiful flowing dance that can be as great to watch as it is to dance with the most basic of movements.
Overview of styles
Overview-History: Titled "the dance of love," the Rumba is the oldest of the Latin dances. The origin of the Rumba comes to us by way of the tropical islands of Cuba and Puerto Rico. It's said that the true origin of the Rumba goes back even further to Africa. You can definitely hear what may be that tropical blend of Latin and African influence of the Rumba music. The dance style is known for it's sultry slow pattern and hip action. In the Rumba, the lady is in charge of this dance of seduction.
Overview-History: Also from Cuban, the Cha-cha is an offshoot of Mambo (late 40’s), designed for a little slower tempo music. The Cha-cha is a smoother flowing variation of the Mamba/Salsa. Cha-cha can be a romantic and fun style. Some of the greatest dance music and exciting rhythms, make Cha-cha one of the latin favorites to this day.
Overview-History: Mambo/Salsa is of Cuban origin: huge in the late 40's, and throughout the 50's, and still is one of the most popular of the Latin dances. Salsa was created by puerto rican street musicians and dancers in New York. Salsa became a "spicier" version of the Mambo in terms of music and style.
Overview-History: The Tango is know as "the dance of passion". Originating in Argentina, the story of the Tango is said to have been created when a dancer observed two men vying for the same women stalking around her in an intense "catlike" manner while pulling her back and forth in a rhythmic fashion. The Tango was created and eventually became the national dance of Argentina. The more common style of Tango that we know originated in Europe. The music and the dance style of the Tango reflect it's passionate reputation with long aggressive "staccado" (catlike-stalking it's prey) steps.
Overview-History: This dance 0riginated in the Dominican Republic/Haiti. The Merenge evolved from a great and true story of a war hero (General Merenge) who came home to a celebration in his honor. When the war hero got up to dance, a war injury caused him to dance with a limp. Rather than mention anything about the limp, all the men danced with a limp in his honor and so the Merenge was born. Some dance studios today still teach the Merenge with that famed limping motion.
Overview-History: Samba is one of the best known forms of Afro-Brazilian music. Afro-Brazilian culture developed through a blending of cultures as a result of the Portuguese colonization of Brazil. The Samba was, and is danced as a festival dance during the street festivals and celebrations. Samba was first introduced in the U.S. in a Broadway play called "Street Carnival" in the late twenties. The festive style and mood of the dance has kept it alive and popular to this day. Samba is a fun up-tempo dance that fits alot of today's popular music.
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