Dances

Dances

Dances

Tango

Ballroom Tango has a different feel to that of the Argentine Tango, however, the music demands that you develop a quick and strong sense of the staccato movements, which give this dance its prowess! 

Rudolph Valentino single-handedly danced this Latin import into what we know of it today.
It’s a great dance to develop a Man's ability to lead in any dance as it is also for the woman to let-go and be led or to follow! 

You could say it is an elegant, yet passionate and feisty, version of the Tango. Both partners in the couple develop a strong sense of feeling for the music.

Suggested Music For the Tango:

  1. El Choclo - Danny Malando
  2. T.T. Tango (From Shall We dance) - Tangozo
  3. Libertango - Gianni Pavesi
Slow Foxtrot

Created in 1912 by Harry Fox, the Foxtrot was the first dance that permitted people to hold each other closer than arms length. Today it's still the most popular of all the social dances.

Some people refer to the Foxtrot as a “Conversational Dance” because of its closeness
and conversational ability at the same time. The dance is good for developing “smoothness”
and “ease of movement”

Suggested music for the Slow Foxtrot

  1. At Last - Ray Anthony 
  2. Capone - Ian Lumley 
  3. Wade In the Water - Eva Cassidy
Waltz

This is the “mother of all the dances” it has its roots and origins in Italy in the
1600s as a round dance called the Volte. It arrived in America and subsequently in the UK
around the 1800s and was the first social dance in which the woman was actually held in
a man's arms. The Waltz develops graceful movements and poise. The music itself has a
very melodic feel and is romantic.

Suggested music for the Waltz:

  1. Three Times A Lady - The Commodores 
  2. Moon River - Various Artists
  3. You Light Up My Life - Tony Evans
Quickstep

The Quickstep, a light hearted member of the ballroom dances, took its origins from
Caribbean and African dancers and was later developed in the 20s. With its
Charleston ingredient, the movement of the dance is fast and powerfully flowing and
sprinkled with syncopations and is a firm favourite with dancers all over the world. 

The upbeat melodies of the music is suitable for whether
you are just beginning or are an accomplished dancer.

Suggested music for the Quickstep:

  1. Show Me The Way to Burlesque - Christina Aquilera
  2. Swing With Me - Jessica Simpson
  3. Puttin' On the Ritz - Various Artists
Viennese Waltz

This dance is faster than the traditional English Waltz and is generally associated with
music from Germany or Austria and in particular Strauss. It is a rotary dance where
couples are constantly turning right and then coupled with changes in direction. This dance is a beautiful melodic dance.

Suggested music for the Viennese Waltz:

  1. That’s Amore - Dean Martin
  2. The Blue Danube - Various Artists
  3. The Second Waltz - Andre Rieu
Cha Cha Cha

The Cha-cha or cha-cha-cha is one of the 5 great flamboyant Latin American dances. This exciting dance originated from 1950s Cuba. It focusses on sensual hip movements and a fascinating, but simple, combination of foot-work, all set within a medium to medium-fast rhythm and in general to music of the same name.

It is a relatively easy dance to learn if practiced with our unique Miller Dance Steps System™. Steps are kept compact and the dance is danced generally without any rise and fall and within no time at all you´ll be strutting your stuff like a pro!

Typical music for the… Cha Cha Cha

  1. Sway - Michael Buble
  2. Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke
  3. Lets Get Loud - Jennifer Lopez
Rumba

The Rumba is a very popular dance and fast becoming a favorite amongst many of our students. It is a very romantic Latin dance, dating back some 400 years and has even become known as the “Dance of Love!” 

Because of this, couples are now learning this dance as their wedding dance as it is a very intimate and flowing dance, and as beautiful to watch as it is to learn with your partner!

Rumba hip movements are used in most of the popular Latin dances as well as the freestyle of disco and night club dancing and therefore it is very similar in some regards to the Cha Cha Cha

Typical music for the Rumba:

  1. Besame Mucho - Various Artists
  2. This Is It - Michael Jackson
  3. Songbird - Eva Cassidy
Samba

This is a fantastically fun and energetic dance to learn.
It comes from Brazil and has its roots in late 1920's street festival dancing. 

As one of the most flamboyant and energetic Latin American dances it combines full and exaggerated artistic body movements and hip twisting fun to create a very provocative look and feel dance, which fully encompasses the passion and flavour of a wonderful country.
It will not only keep you fit once you’ve mastered a few simple steps, you will also, ladies,… get your partner's blood racing too!

Typical music for the Samba:

  1. Brazil - Emundo Ros
  2. Iko Iko -  KonKoba
  3. La Macura - The Mavericks
Pasodoble

This is a fascinating, elegant and powerful dance originally from Spain.
It is danced to the typical music that one would hear at the bullfights. It is a lively dance full of passion and represents the Matador (the man) dancing with his Cape (the women).

This is very much a show dance and is very much a fun dance, but also if you are wanting to go a little more professional and prepare a great show number or enter some competitions, then we would love to help you with that goal and this is a great place to start.

Typical music for the Pasodoble

  1. Spanish Gypsy Dance - Various Artists
  2. Pirates Of The Carribean Theme
  3. Espani Cani - Various Artists
Jive/Swing

Fast and full of steps and twists.

This dance has many elements of other similar dances such as East Coast Swing, Jitterbug and Lindy. 

This dance became popular in the 1940s and the Ballroom Jive seen today is danced slower than other forms of jive and involves a triple step pattern of steps and which is a firm favorite with many professional dancers.

You'll love trying out this fast and fun heart-racer of a dance. And our instructors will show you how its done, step by step.

Typical music for the Jive:

  1. In The Mood - Glenn Miller
  2. Dance With Me Tonight - Olly Murs
  3. Mayhem - Imelda May
Mambo

Ever seen Dirty Dancing? Jenifer Grey and Patrick Swayze steppin' it out? This is the Mambo!

The Mambo is a fantastically beautiful and sexy dance for both him and her. It’s almost as if you're moving to the beat of each other’s heartbeat in unison. Fancy stepping in to their shoes for a lesson?

Introduced by band leader Anselmo Sacaras in 1944, The Mambo - a merger of swing and Rumba, didn’t really catch on until the 1950s but it still remains a very popular dance today by couples all over the globe.

Typical music for the Mambo:

  1. Johnnys Mambo From Dirty Dancing 
  2. Tu Vuo Fa Americano - Gigi Mambo
  3. Mambo No 5 - Lou Bega
Merengue

Considered too scandalous when it was introduced to the USA in 1941, The Merengue went into eclipse until 1957 when Xavier Cugat resurrected it.
 
Its point of origin is uncertain; both Haiti and the Dominican Republic lay claim to it, as it contains elements of both cultures. 

One story alleges the dance originated with slaves who were chained together and, of necessity, were forced to drag one leg as they cut sugar to the beat of drums. The second story alleges that a great hero was wounded in the leg during one of the many revolutions in the Dominican Republic. A party of villagers welcomed him home with a victory celebration and, out of sympathy, everyone dancing felt obliged to limp and drag one foot. You will be rock stepping your way to a whole lot of fun!!!!

Typical music for the Merengue:

  1. Merengue - Michael Lloyd
  2. Mama No Quiero El Negro - Various Artists
Salsa

The Salsa is a peppery version of the Mambo laced and sprinkled with other steps from other Latin dances. It is performed to a fiery faster tempo and is very popular all over the world with the younger more energetic crowd.

Its origins come from the Cuban and the Afro-Cuban 1920s, specifically the Afro-Cuban Rumba which is commonly associated with the salsa music style, although it may be danced under other types of music with an 8-count rhythm.

Using the Miller Dance Steps System™ you will have great fun perfecting this dance and then making it completely your own by adding in your own flavor!

It’s a great Friday night stress relief and welcome weekend starter.

Typical music for the Salsa:

  1. Salsa Salsa - Caliente
  2. Ese Atrivimento Salsa - Caliente
  3. Hot Hot Hot - Arrow
Argentine Tango

The Argentine Tango is a very sultry and passionate dance originating at the end of the 19th century in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, and Montevideo.
If you've never danced before and are looking to learn something that can get you around a dance floor within just a few lessons, this is the one for you! And by the way, guys… this is where you get to WOW your woman and show off your “machismo!

Taught with the unique Miller Dance Steps System™ you'll pick up the rhythm and the steps very quickly. It is a highly adaptive Latin American dance and therefore, once you have mastered the basic steps you can let the passion and fun take over.

Typical music for the Argentine Tango:

  1. Santa Maria - Tango Project
  2. La Ultima Copa - Various Artists
  3. La Camparsita - Various Artists
Swing

First known as the Lindy (to the horror of Charles Lindberg and his hop across the Atlantic) this very popular type of dance emerged in the late 1920s. During the war years it gained its popularity and emerged itself as the Jitterbug- Jive and was danced on the east coast of the USA. The swing as it became known was danced on the West Coast.

Charleston

The Charleston is a dance that of course was made popular in the 1920’s. It is one of the
dances. At first the step started off with a simple twisting of the feet, in a lazy sort of way.

Later the dance hit Harlem and the dance was developed in to a new version with a fast
kicking step, kicking the feet both forward and back, and later done with a tap.

Disco/Hustle

Disco has its strong roots in Swing, Samba, Cha Cha & Mambo, Merengue, Foxtrot and the Tango. The most popular version, The Hustle (of “Saturday Night Fever” Fame) is believed to have originated in New York in 1970. This free form style is still one of the most popular at all the night clubs and socials.