Latin

The five dances used in International Latin competitions


Rumba

– the slowest of the Latin dances and considered by many to be the sexiest.Sensuous and romantic, Rumba is a body dance with hip actions produced by controlled transfer of weight from one foot to the other and fluid rhythmic movements which continue through to the arms.

Samba

– lively and exciting – a real party feeling.The modern Latin American dance has elements of Brazilian Samba but considerable differences from the original carnival dance. Characterised by a bounce action (the Samba double bounce) and pelvic action – its a great workout!

Paso Doble

– intense and dramatic, this dance tells the story of the bullfighting arena (and no the lady is NOT the bull!) Originally from Spain and developed and danced socially in France this dance has a distinct poise and features stylish shaping and strong positive marching steps – stomp across the floor with your best Paso face on!

Cha Cha Cha

– another party dance – cheeky lively and flirtatious.Similar actions to the Rumba but with a faster tempo and lots of chasses and lock steps echoing the cha-cha-cha name in the rhythm of the dance.

Jive

– mainly characterised by the Jive rock step and chasses this dance has its roots in Lindyhop, Jitterbug, Blues, Swing dancing and Rock ‘n’ Roll. It’s energetic and animated with added flicks & kicks.There are several different styles of Jive so it can also be adapted to suit music with different tempos and those of us who prefer/need to start with a more gentle pace.