•Smooth - Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz
•Rhythm - Cha Cha, Rumba, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Bolero, Mambo, Samba, Merengue, Hustle
•Standard - Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep
•Latin - Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive
CBD also teaches many styles of social dancing, such as Salsa, Bachata, and Argentine Tango.
Dance Style Descriptions
The International Rumba is danced to a sultry beat with a variety of body movements, spins, dips and Latin hip movement. It is a sensuous, romantic dance that is the slowest of the five International Style Latin dances.
The Cha Cha is an energetic, flirty dance packed with plenty of personality. It has a fun, staccato style and is known for the syncopation of the fourth beat.
The Mambo is an exciting, expressive dance that uses rhythmical body and hip movements.The predecessor to the Salsa, it is a popular dance at nightclubs.
East Coast Swing
The Swing is a fun and fast moving dance. It is the most American of all the dances and is characterized by a triple step, jumps, springs and turns. Its other names include Eastern Swing, Jitterbug, American Swing, East Coast Lindy, and Triple Swing.
A lively uninhibited version of the Jitterbug similar to East Coast Swing with highly syncopated rhythm of the triple steps. Jive is characterized by high knee action and quick flicks and kicks.
West Coast Swing
A more smooth and subdued form of the jitterbug. Improvisation is a big part of West Coast Swing while still dancing as a couple.
The Salsa is a fun, fast-paced Latin dance composed of quick foot movements and multiple spins and turns. It is based on Mambo patterns and rhythms, but danced on a different beat, creating faster movements.
Sometimes called the South American Waltz, the Samba dance is influenced by jazz and latin rhythms. It is a traveling dance characterized by it's many rhythmical changes, soft knee action, and hip bounce .
The Bolero is the slowest of the Rhythm dances and has a smooth, sophisticated, romantic feel. Performed to a slower tempo Latin music, it shows off the lady with controlled movement and dramatic expression.
Paso Doble means "double step". It has a "march-like" style with music typically played in bullfights. Like Samba, it is a progressive Latin dance but with significantly different hip movement and more focus on the shaping of the torso.
The Merengue is easy to learn and helps you get the feeling of the Latin hip movement in no time. An excellent dance for beginners, Merengue teaches proper lead-follow connection and allows for play with the timing of the music.
The Hustle came alive in the disco era. Its step and turns are very easy to learn. The basic step of the Hustle is similar to the single-time swing.
The Foxtrot has been a popular social dance since the early 1900's and remains a social standard of dancing today. It helps the dancer learn timing and smooth, long movement. Its elegant, glassy feel makes it perfect for weddings and black tie events.
Evolved from the Foxtrot, it is faster paced and includes hops, runs and quick steps with a lot of momentum and rotation.
The Tango is known as one of the most powerful and dramatic dances, characterized by staccato movements. The Tango is the ultimate show of passion. The basic steps and rhythm of tango are very similar to foxtrot. There are several different styles of Tango including American, International, and Argentine.
The waltz is characterized by sweeping turns and gliding movements across the dance floor done in a closed position.
The Viennese is one of the oldest forms of partner dancing, dating back to the imperial courts of Vienna. It is a fast paced, romantic, rotational dance.
The basic steps of bachata are really simple with just three steps to the side and a hip tap on the 4th beat and hip movement and body isolation to spice up the basic steps. It is a slower paced, sensuous dance, very popular in nightclubs and at social dance parties.
Argentine Tango is different than ballroom style tango in the sense that it relies heavily on improvisation . Depending on the style, it can be danced in an extremely close position with the follow leaning on the lead