We Teach ALL of the Ballroom Dances
These include Latin Dances, classic Ballroom Dances, Country Western, Tango, Swing and everything in between!
Social vs. Competitive Dancing
Social dancing refers to a more relaxed form of dancing; you're likely to see this form of dance in nightclubs and social gatherings.
Competitive dancing is more technical and some of these styles of dance you will only see on a Showcase or Competitive Dance Floor. At Let’s Dance Victoria we teach both of these styles.
OUR SOCIAL DANCES
The classic Wedding and social event dance – A beautiful flowing dance. Everyone should know how to waltz!
This dance was premiered in 1914. The exact origin of the name of the dance is unclear, although one theory is that it took its name from its popularizer, the vaudeville actor Harry Fox. The TWO STEP originated from the Foxtrot!
Tango is a dramatic partner dance that originated in the 1880s. In the US, a form of the dance called American Tango is taught and in the rest of the world a more aggressive style called International Tango.
Mambo & Salsa
The late 1940s, Perez Prado came up with the dance for the mambo music and became the first person to market his music as "mambo".
Today Salsa has taken over from Mambo and is among the most popular of all social dances. Salsa is a little bit quicker than Mambo and the dances accent a different beat in the music. Salsa took off in the 1970s, mainly with the popularization of Latin culture and music in NYC.
"Swing dance" is a group of dances that developed with the swing style of jazz music in the 1920s-1940s and danced to the old time rock ‘n roll music of the 50’s and 60’s. Today there are two main styles of Swing Dance called East Coast and West Coast; the latter being more popular on the West coast. It is danced to slower ‘blues type' music.
Merengue is a style of Dominican music and dance where it's all about the hips! The music, steps, spins and attitude are all fun and Merengue is a must learn for any Latin party.
The Rumba is known as the Latin Dance of Love and can be danced to many types of slow romantic music, including many slow country songs. It is a sensual and beautiful dance.
The cha-cha-chá, or simply cha-cha in the U.S., is a dance of Cuban origin. It is a fun and exciting rhythm dance done to many of the popular songs of today.
Hustle or Push-Pull
In the disco era (1970s and 80s), popular dance styles were developed, including the "Bump", "Penguin", "Boogaloo", "Watergate" and the "Robot". By October 1975 The Hustle reigned. DO THE HUSTLE!!
This is the standard country dance found in every CW club in the world. The only dance named for the step movements rather than the music – So the first thing to learn is that the leader starts with two steps forward – Then … well it becomes more interesting!
Country Waltz, Polka, Triple Two and Night Club Two
The rest of the popular country dances, all slightly different in the footwork and timing, however, use many of the same patterns, which makes much of what we teach interchangeable among these dances.
Tejano / Cumbia
These are the standard Hispanic or Latin type dances, danced in many parts of South Texas and throughout Mexico.
OUR COMPETITIVE DANCES
Danced to a beat twice as fast as the regular Ballroom Waltz, the Viennese Waltz is a rotary dance where the dancers are constantly turning either toward the leader's right or toward the leader's left. Lots of spinning!
The Argentine Tango is considered to be closest to the form originally danced in Argentina and Uruguay; however, since it is more difficult it is reserved for dancers with more experience.
The quickstep is a fun and light-hearted member of the Standard Ballroom dances. The movement of the dance is fast, powerfully flowing and sprinkled with syncopations which make it more suitable for the advanced dancer.
The Jive is one of the five International Latin dances. In competition it is danced at a speed of 176 beats per minute, FAST!
The dance known as Bolero is one of the competition dances in American Rhythm ballroom dance category. It not only requires ‘Cuban motion” but also rise and fall such as found in waltz. The bolero is danced to popular ballad type music. It’s lyrical but because it’s difficult to learn is not usually danced by beginners.
Samba is a fun and lively rhythmical Brazilian dance. Samba is an intermediate dance which is used for both studio parties and competitions.
Paso Doble is based on music played at bullfights. The leader of this dance plays the matador. The follower generally plays the matador's cape. Today the paso doble is a show dance that is usually only seen on the competition or showcase dance floor.
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