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There are five Latin dances. Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Paso Doble and Jive. The most popular are the Cha Cha Cha, Rumba and Jive. Each dance has its own character and requires different technique to perform well. Remember that every world champion was a beginner at one time and they are usually in their twenties, so it is not long to the top!
We hope that you join our groups and enjoy one of the most sociable sports to get both mentally and physically fit. It's never too late to start dancing.
The video is the Strictly Come Dancing celebrities & pro-dancers dance the Samba to 'Young Hearts Run Free' at the splendid Blackpool Tower Ballroom in November 2013.
Dance is for everyone no matter what age or part of the world you come from. It is a most sociable way to get fit while enjoying yourself.
Our emphasis is on looking good on the dance floor.
Make friends while learning coordination skills keeping the brain and the body agile in the best physical art form.
We encourage absolute beginners the ones with 2 left feet, who are often surprised at how quickly they can progress with the right approach.
We start beginners with the most popular social style of ballroom dances. When confident in these, we introduce standard ballroom as danced competitively throughout the world.
Our Latin classes follow on from the ballroom session at the same level to enable both styles to be danced.
Our intermediate ballroom class caters for those who are experienced and wish to learn more advanced figures and combinations, and improve technique to a high standard.
An extremely passionate and intense Latin dance.
The Rumba provides the setting for a sensual and passionate duel between man and woman on the dance floor. With its pulsating and rumbling rhythms, the Rumba is the slow dance of the Latin world and often referred to as the ‘Queen’ of all Latin dances. The Rumba is one of the five dances used in international competition style ‘Latin American’.
Cha Cha Cha
A fun, rhythmic Cuban-inspired dance.
The Cha Cha is another fun and versatile Latin dance and ranks amongst the five dances competed at international level. The dance draws its name from the rhythm of the feet on the dance floor – ‘cha cha cha’. Today’s version of the dance resembles the original Cuban Cha Cha.
Brazilian inspired Latin American dance.
The Samba leapt from the streets of Rio, Brazil. However, the Samba performed in the international competition style ‘Latin American’ is very different to the original Brazilian party dance.
The fun and energetic Jive comes in many forms.
There are many different styles of Jive that have adjusted to the various music phases throughout the decades. The 1920s Lindy Hop, 1930s Jitterbug and Boogie Woogie, 1940s Swing, 1950s and 1960s Rock ‘n’ Roll and French Jive are all styles of Jive. The dance is one of the international ‘Latin American’ competition dances.
This dance is a provocative Spanish-inspired performance.
During the Paso Doble, the dance floor becomes a Spanish bullfighting arena; the man is the matador and the woman is the flowing provocative cape that entices the bull.This dance, with its constant echoing of the Spanish Flamenco, is one of the five international ‘Latin American’ competition dances.