Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Hanover
Fred Astaire Studios offer a wide range of
dances - from the slow and traditional to the faster and more current. The
average student learns four to six of these dances in order to become
versatile, well-rounded dancers. Each has its own unique character and
style, and once mastered, will give you a lifetime of fun and enjoyment.
THE SMOOTH DANCES
Smooth dances are characterized by their fluid movement across the floor.
Similar to ice skating, dancers keep a straight body line as they travel
around the room.
Foxtrot is ultra-smooth and sophisticated, and is one of the most popular
slow dances of all time. Classic crooners such as Frank Sinatra, Tony
Bennett and Nat King Cole provide the jazzy standards ideal for this dance.
to a three count, the Waltz is an elegant and graceful dance that will never
go out of style. This traditional dance has continued to rise in popularity
at weddings, anniversaries and graduations.
This dramatic and passionate dance has been popularized in many Hollywood
movies. The Tango conjures up images of dancers with roses clenched between
ready to hop, skip and kick your way around the floor! Part Charleston, part
Foxtrot, the very quick and lively Quickstep will leave you breathless after
even one dance.
Couples whirl around the
floor; first one way, then another. Grand and majestic, this fast version of
the Waltz originated in Austria.
THE RHYTHM DANCES
Unlike smooth dances, rhythm dances
generally stay in a smaller, confined area of the dance floor. As the name
suggests, the rhythmical nature of these dances allow you to really get
loose on the dance floor. Here are a few examples:
The Rumba is Cuban in
origin and is often referred to as the "dance of love". Sultry and romantic,
the music is a mix of African and Latin rhythms.
after the sound made by the feet when doing this dance, the Cha Cha is an
exciting syncopated Latin dance. The Cha Cha rhythm is found in much of
today's popular music.
is a broad category that includes Jive, Jitterbug, Lindy Hop and Shag among
others. Swing is fun, fast and energetic and has recently enjoyed a huge
spicy Latin dance from Cuba is also known as Salsa. Sometimes referred to as
"the dancer's dance", Mambo requires excellent timing and coordination.
Brazil, this pulsating, gyrating, festive dance brings to mind pictures of
the carnivals of Rio de Janeiro. Unlike the other Latin dances that
are stationary, many Samba steps travel around the floor.
Author Douglas Banks.
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