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Argentine Tango

Argentine Tango

Desire. Crave. Lust. Seduce. You will be consumed by the true meaning of these words in the arms of a man or woman who knows the Argentine Tango. Every cell of your body will hunger for the passion this dance commands and arguably defines. All sense of self will be lost in another, and you will love every minute of it.

Today's form of Argentine Tango is both an homage to its storied past and a celebration of musical evolution. To some, it is a return to the dirty streets and ports of long ago Argentina, when men awaited lusting for the ladies of the night, or the depressed lower class found aspiration from their despair if only for a moment in the music and movements of a dance that celebrated the basic need of humans to be wanted, wished for, yearned for and coveted. The basic, most descriptive action of Argentine Tango is that of each partner feeling the change of another's body in even the slightest of movements, and the subsequent embellishments that a partner can use to respond.

Argentine Tango is thus the dance to be in tune to yourself and your partner exquisitely, expressing your inner most desires, perfecting the art of flirtation and enjoying the warmth of another. You will stand out on the dance floor, be seen as graceful and poised as well as passionate, and you will have a confidence that transcends the ballroom floor. If this sounds like the person you envision for yourself or a future partner, then let the seduction begin!

Bolero

Bolero

Feel swept away in romance as you dance to the seductive sounds of Bolero! Known for over a century as the "Dance of Love," Bolero's smooth rhythm, sensual movements & Rumba-inspired patterns make this dance a favorite of many. It marries the best of both worlds in ballroom dancing: the grace and poise of Smooth dancing's rise and fall styling and the Rhythm dancing's flirtatious character. This combination is both inspiring and irresistible, and invokes an innocent sensuality in everyone who dances it.latin-style-dancers.jpg

The Bolero's roots are steeped in tradition and culture from Spain to Cuba, Mexico and Latin America to the United States. Its origin is traced back to the 1780's and Spanish dancer Sebastiano Carezo - though it is said that the Bolero of Cuba was not inspired by the Bolero of Spain; instead it derived from the genius of late 19th century Cuban musician Pepe Sanchez.

No matter what you believe, believe this: the Bolero has stood the test of time and once exposed to the deliberate sexuality of its music, you will be seduced - and love every minute of it!

Cha Cha

Cha Cha

Wallflowers turn into the life of the party and party people find solace when the fun and flirty music characteristic of this dance permeates nightclubs, dance halls and other events - and it was all because someone decided to add a beat to the Mambo!

When Enrique Jorrin composed his work of the same name in 1953, he couldn't have known the impact it would have on the world of dance. The new infectious rhythm was an immediate hit with dancers. In an effort to tame the addictive beat, dancers added a shuffling action, or "triple" step, to the then popular Mambo basic and the Cha Cha was born.

With its quick beat, syncopated rhythm and vibrant sound, the Cha Cha has transcended its roots in Cuban culture and invaded pop music culture as well. In addition to the strong Latin beat of its inception, the Cha Cha can be danced to the aforementioned pop music, rock and roll, country & some disco.

Country Western Waltz

Country Western Waltz

Hold your partner in your arms as the twangy sounds of the slow fiddle, gentle guitar strums and light drumming lull your partner into romance around the dance floor. The rhythmic three-step inspired tempo is a perfect way to express affection while enjoying the music itself.

The favorite slow dance of the country western music community, the Country Western Waltz is not exactly the slowest of slow dances. It has an admittedly uptempo beat, but the melodic sound of the fiddle (or similar instrument) smooths out the quick beat, giving it a slightly brighter sound than that of the Waltz.

The Country Western Waltz is the western community’s addition to social dancing – modifying traditional waltz to move more progressively and more simply around the floor to their own version of waltz's 3/4 beat. It originated in the early 1800's as the music of the western country began to find its identity. It stayed a staple but didn't become widely popular until the modern era when a little country flick, “Urban Cowboy,” brought it to the media's attention. As one of the favorite dances from the movie, the Country Western Waltz grew exponentially in dance clubs along with its cousin, The Two-Step, and other country dances – just about closing all Disco clubs.

If you enjoy country music or are a waltz enthusiast, the Country Western Waltz is a great dance to add to your repertoire. It builds confidence on and off the dance floor; is fun to dance because it is progressive and has the same types of turns and tricks as the Two-Step; and is a great slow dance to inspire romance with your partner.

Country Western Two-Step

Country Western Two-Step

The sounds of a fiddler challenging himself or herself to play faster and faster encourages an upbeat, spirited dancer to try and keep up with the joyous plucks of the fiddle and other string instruments. The music is full of life and gives an exuberant experience to the country western dancer, who is at this moment dancing the Two-Step!

The Two-Step has many forms and names throughout the United States but they all have one goal in common: to celebrate the music and to have as much fun as possible! This is achieved through an easy, smooth but bouncy four-step pattern with slow and quick beats, and a multitude of turns, twists, tunnel and pretzel-like patterns at the same time you and your partner travel around the floor progressively.

The Two-Step is a fairly young dance and truly inspired by American heritage. Originally a version of the Waltz adopted in the mid-1840's, The Two-Step gained popularity as music in the western parts of the U.S. changed to better suit it and people began to have more and more of the "barn dances" and impromptu "jigs" that was becoming a staple of entertainment-seeking cowboys and ranchers. Today, the most popular and notable version of the Two-Step was perfected in Texas in the early 1900's and spread like wildfire to country western music-loving communities throughout the country.

The Two-Step is a dance that will encourage a festive mood, health benefits, social ease, fun and enjoyment out of life, increase self-confidence and is the perfect accompaniment to lovers of country-western music.

Foxtrot

Foxtrot

Originated by the Vaudeville comedian Harry Fox in 1913, the Foxtrot is a dance that depicts the fun “happy-go-lucky” feeling created in the comedic scenes during the days of Vaudeville. This dance is one of the most social of all dances due to its ease of movement and ability to have a conversation while dancing. It really hit its hay day during the rat pack era where crooners like Frank Sinatra & Bobby Darin hit the scene. Their infectious vocals and songs about love and life created such a feeling and gathering that one could only experience it live and in person.

Today, the Foxtrot is no longer a dance your parents used to do. In fact, 60% of the music you generally hear at weddings, cruises, nightclubs, events and parties are usually Foxtrots. So if you want to be social with your dancing as well as with your dance partner, then learn to dance the Foxtrot and dance your way to a fun time. 

 

 

Hustle
Hustle

Adrenaline rushes through your body as you challenge the quick beat to a race of turns, spins, intricate footwork and vibrant expressions. You are dancing the Hustle; it's vivaciousness addicting and it's quickness confrontational. In short, it's so much fun!

The Hustle has the distinction of being the dance of the 1970's. It began as several versions of line dances in notable discoteches in New York in direct relation to the new mellow but vibrant rhythms that musicians started to produce as a contradiction to that of the 1960's. The most widely accepted as the proponents of this new dance was that of Puerto Ricans in South Bronx. But it's popularity as a couple dance grew exponentially with the release of the movie – you guessed it – Saturday Night Fever.

While it's true that it was born in 1972, The Hustle has proven to be more than just a fad dance of a decade. It has transcended its roots to be one of the most socially acceptable couple dances of nightclubs around the world and has more than one form to filter to multiple genres of faster music – including pop, electronica, disco and contemporary. With its simplicity of steps to the quick rhythm, it's become a favorite of beginners and advanced dancers alike.

Whether you are going to a wedding, a social event or hanging out with your friends, you'll find yourself doing the Hustle to most of the quicker music the DJ or band is playing. If you want to be on the dance floor all night long enjoying life, improving your social skills and just having fun in general, then Hustle is the dance for you!

 

Lindy Hop

Lindy Hop

Named by Ray Bolger, after Colonel Lindbergh's flight across the Atlantic. This Swing had as much "getting into the air" as possible. However, the violently acrobatic style used for exhibitions is not the same as the quietly rhythmic Lindy enjoyed by good dancers on the ballroom floor. The rhythmic patterns take place over two measures of music. The more acrobatic versions were limited to ballrooms of which the most famous was the New York's Savoy Harlem.

NOTE: At one time the Jitterbug included the Charleston, Black Bottom, Shag and Lindy Hop. It has now been consolidated into Lindy Hop in the Eastern U.S., and the West Coast Swing on the West Coast.

Mambo

Mambo

The fusion of Swing and Cuban music produced this fascinating rhythm and in turn, created a new sensational dance. The Mambo could not have been conceived earlier since up until that time, Cuba and the American Jazz were still not wedded. The Victor records of Anselmo Sacaras entitled "Mambo" in 1944 were probably the beginning, and since then, other Latin American bandleaders such as Tito Rodriguez, Pupi Campo, Tito Puente, Perez Prado, Machito and Xavier Cugat have achieved styling of their own and furthered the Mambo craze.

The Mambo was originally played as any Rumba with a riff ending. It may be described as a riff or a Rumba with emphasis on the fourth beat 4/4′ time. Originally played by some musicians in 2/4 time with a break or emphasis on 2 and 4. Native Cubans or dancers, without any training would break on any beat. The Marcha is the Latin American counterpart of our One-Step.

Merengue

Merengue

Energetic, frenzied strums of a guitar-baseline inspire the dancer to march their feet, move their hips and bring their partner into their arms with an abandonment of care. You are dancing the Merengue, a dance that inspires freedom and fun in social dancing!

Today, Merengue is considered the easiest dance to learn and express yourself. Though it has its own styling like any other couple dance, the basic is as simple as marching to the beat. Turns and twisting of the bodies dancing together, the ease of footwork and the excited rhythm of the music makes Merengue a very popular dance in both popular nightclubs and latin clubs. It has transcended its history of cultural dance and become widely accepted as the dance that you can dance to just about any faster music today.

If you want to get on the floor quickly, add fun to your life, increase your self confidence, meet people, make new friends and a wealth of other social benefits, the Merengue is the perfect dance to get you started!

Salsa

Salsa

Salsa dancing is perhaps one of the most alluring forms of dance to beginners and experienced dancers alike, since it is set to the tune of complex Clave rhythms with Afro-Cuban percussion that simply make the body want to move.Salsa-Dance-Lesson-Los-Gatos.jpg

Salsa tends to have a quick tempo and incorporates movements from a wide range of Latin and western dances, which appeal to a wide range of different dancers. By learning to salsa dance with the fun and easy system of Arthur Murray Dance Centers in the South Bay Area, you can become a part of a widespread dancing tradition, which is showcased in nightclubs, international festivals, and restaurants all over the world. Even if you don’t regularly show off the skills you learn at our studios, you will still enjoy rigorous exercise and great fun that comes with this intricate social dance style.

There are many different variations of salsa dancing, which vary primarily due to the regions where they emerged. In general, salsa dancing involves quick and intricate footwork with lots of movement in the hips, contributing to the almost acrobatic movements seen in more challenging salsa styles.

The skilled instructors of Arthur Murray San Jose or Los Gatos will walk you through the key steps of salsa and you’ll experience the benefits of dancing the salsa before you know it!

Samba

Samba

Find yourself in a perpetual body roll as the drums, trombones, trumpets and multitude of other bass instruments entice you to feel the fast, sexy and rolling rhythm of the Samba. The Samba is like a party for your body: the vibrant sound of the music inspires every atom to move, shake and celebrate life.

Widely known as the dance of Brazil,the Samba dance (and music of the same name) has its early roots as a fusion of African, Portuguese and South American dance as far back as the 1800's. In the early 1900's, what we know as the Samba today was perfected in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Its explosion into popular culture was encouraged by Brazil's Carnival and movie star Carmen Miranda.

Crossing over into the United States, the party-like feel to both Samba music and the dance it inspired became a favorite of dancers in all genres but none as much as the ballroom community. It was adopted as one of the premiere dances for ballroom competitions, undergoing minor improvements to add to its social ease and intricacies for competitive floor.

No matter how you dance it, where you dance it or when you dance it, Samba brings the party! If you want to get the adrenaline flowing, add fun exercise, enjoy health benefits and just have more fun and enjoyment out of your life, learn how to Samba!

Swing

Swing

This hit dance generated probably one of the biggest dance movements the world has ever seen. Created back in the 20's and 40's with artists like Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman, swing became popular during the tough times of the Great Depression, WWI and WWII. The genre encompasses a variety of dances including Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, Jive, Charleston, West Coast Swing and East Coast Swing; this dance is widely known for its high energy moves and turns. Kids would bounce around, bopping in burger joints or the nearest jukebox, throwing each other in acrobatic aerials wherever there was a band.

Learning to dance an uplifting dance like swing will only bring your spirits up with its infectious vibe of horn sections and percussion. You can't help but smile after an adrenaline pumping activity like this.

If Swing is your thing, then fly with the best and learn to dance where Swing Dance Instruction is at its finest at Arthur Murray Dance Center Silicon Valley.

 

 

Tango

Tango

Be consumed with passion by the quick and seductive movements of the Tango. Enjoy the drama of the dance as each partner responds to the other's fervor, an intense declaration of love of each other or the Tango itself.

Tango dancers enjoy the strong, fluid beats the music presents, quite like a cat stalking its prey. The cat’s dedicated practice and graceful pursuit of its prey, and the climatic event of catching it in triumph is the perfect visual representation of the Tango partnership. This oxymoron in movement is characterized by long, floor-gliding steps with sharp changes in direction or movement from one step to the other or one phrase to the other. It is this contradiction in slow and quickness that entices dancers to Tango.

Historically, American Tango is derived from it's grandparent, the Argentine Tango. Having crossed seas to Europe and North America in the early 1900's and 1910's, the dance was made into a more social adaptable form by expert dancers in both regions. Subsequently, two new forms of Tango materialized: International by the French and English, and the American style by the Castles and Arthur Murray of the United States. The American style is the chosen form of social Tango today because it allows the dancer freedom of expression in multiple dance positions, more underarm turns, allows for choreography and the music easily dictates tempo for the beginning and advanced dancer.

If you are looking to add passion to your life, Tango is the dance for you. Don't wait to learn this dance! Make the decision today and catch the dance of a lifetime before it runs away!
 

Viennese Waltz

Viennese Waltz

Feel the gentle swirl of the air as you twirl left, right, left around the dance floor just like you did with your best friend as a child; your focus to get each other to fall to your feet laughing and enjoying the dizzy ride! This is the feeling and the warm memories that dancing the Viennese Waltz inspires.

To say that the Viennese Waltz has a storied history is a gross understatement. In fact, it can be argued that the Viennese Waltz is the grandfather of all couple dancing. The dance itself has not only stood the test of time but has seen evolution within itself: from its original quickness, the gentle disposition of the slow Waltz and the down home feel of the Country Western Waltz.

The transcendence of the Viennese Waltz throughout popular culture over the years has proven its staying power, and musicians throughout time have obliged. Today, artists like David Cook, Seal and Bryan Adams have kept the genre active with their ballads, whether they knew it or not. And Viennese Waltz purists welcome the slightly slower speed.

Though it is one of the more challenging dances, the benefits outweigh any of its intricate footwork and constantly turning patterns. Viennese Waltz is a dance that inspires nostalgia, anyone who wants to develop grace, poise, and confidence (and who isn't afraid of a little exercise) should learn this beautiful dance. If you're ready to learn how to dance, the Viennese Waltz is ready for you!

Waltz

Waltz

Confident, graceful, elegant, poised: these terms not only describe a person of distinguished character but that of a dance that has been passed down through centuries – the Waltz.

Dancers of the Waltz are easy to acknowledge – they seem to glide across the floor as if it were a sheet of ice. The beauty of the Waltz comes from the flow of the controlled, but rhythmic music and a style of body movement that rises and falls to that of the melody. It is termed appropriately, Rise and Fall – and is essential in latter stages of the dance.

The Waltz has taken many forms in it's over 400 year history and has been a popular dance throughout the world. The most notable version of the Waltz today is slow and deliberate, allowing the beginning and advanced dancer the opportunity to confidently maneuver the social dance floor and enjoy the company of their partner and the music at the same time.

The Waltz is considered one of the traditional ballroom dances but popular musicians today are returning to the roots of melodic music and incorporating the Waltz's 3/4 timing into their artistic expression. Many slower songs, or ballads, today have this timing and making the Waltz more of a social dance than it has arguably been in quite some time.

For those who want to build confidence, trust, grace, poise and become an elegant dancer, the Waltz is a necessity in their repertoire.

 

 

 

 

West Coast Swing

West Coast Swing

Gliding triple steps and soft shoe-like footwork combine to demonstrate the epitome of coolness and a sexy flirtation that perfectly connects dance partners. This smooth, sexy-cool style permeates the West Coast Swing—now known as California's adopted dance.

This partner dance breaks from tradition with it's slot-based figures and it's rubber-band look. It is the dance that truly allows partners to improvise while still dancing together, creating an atmosphere of social ease between couples. Its roots stem from the Lindy Hop and is the result of the evolution of Swing dancing to portray the softer versions of swing music, found in the likes of Jazz, Blues, and, eventually, Country Western music.

West Coast Swing is also rich in Arthur Murray’s history. Much of its evolution is due to Arthur Murray dance directors and instructors as far back as the 1930's, and into its renaming in the 1980's from Western Swing or California Swing to what we know it as today.

Freedom of expression, ease of movement, exercise, social ease and just having more fun are only a few of the ways that someone who learns to dance the West Coast Swing can benefit their life. So if you want to be cool, calm, collected and seen as a fun dancer, the West Coast Swing is the dance for you!

 

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