Latin American Dance Styles

August 1, 2014
Other Latin American dance

Here is a listing of basic categories of dances taught at DanceWell.
Simply click each party for a popup page information. Not far off: a video of party on each page.

Unless otherwise detailed, DanceWell class material is exactly what we call “Amer-National” - a combination of both American and Global patterns.

American Style “Smooth” Dancing - Term given to dancing types standardised in america. In the smooth dances the couples may dancing together and apart, (Think Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers), therefore the goal in American soft dancing is always to dancing well in a shut cooperation plus to translate the music lyrically with “open work”, (definition perhaps not in a “closed” party framework collectively). Included in these are Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango & Viennese Waltz.

International Style “Standard” Dancing - Term directed at the model of ballroom dance which was standardised in The united kingdomt and internationally. Emphasis is positioned on the “closed position” in all figures. Partners might not separate in Foxtrot, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Tango or Quickstep, and shoot for cooperation moving collectively always.

American design “Rhythm” dance - Term provided to designs standardized in the US for competitive events. These dances consist of Mambo, Rumba, Cha Cha, Bolero, Samba, East Coast Swing and Merengue.

International Style “Latin” Dancing - Latin styling is more similar between American and Global style dances, however associated with basic movements into the dances are different within the two styles. Just five Latin / Swing dnaces tend to be recognized in Global design for competitors - Samba, Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive.

Swing, Nightclub, nation, Folk and More - they are several social companion dances less formalized than ballroom dance but more formalized than street dancing. They are all suited to dancing within the casual environment of clubs, pubs and social events, etc. well-established and reported, you will find competitions and shows during these dances besides.
Lover dances suggest lead/follow with one companion, just like all Ballroom dance. These dances would consist of Hustle, West Coast Swing, nation 2-Step, Nightclub 2-Step, Bachata, Salsa, Argentine Tango, Cross-Step Waltz etc.

Some dances are easier to find out than the others. NOTE: This does NOT mean you should not learn the dance you would like - exactly that it may be a bit more hard and soon you allow us motion and partnering skills.

Easiest to Learn After That Degree More Difficult




4-count Swing Hustle (also known as Disco or Hustle)

East Coast Swing (simple rhythm)


Salsa or Mambo


Lindy Swing

East Coast Swing
(triple rhythm)

Nightclub Two-step

Fusion Waltz


Argentine Tango
Viennese Waltz

Lindy Hop

Paso Doble

West Coast Swing
3-count Hustle
Global (Slow) or United States
(Gold) Foxtrot
Global Waltz

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