This class is an introduction to a variety of Afro-Latin dance styles that will help students develop freedom, variety, and fluidity in their body movement. Folkloric dances are complimented with Contemporary-infused warm-ups to achieve dance fluidity. Students are also taught how to incorporate such body movement into salsa dancing. Some of the folkloric dances that students will learn are Cuban Rumba, Orishas (Yoruba culture), Palo and Makuta (Congo/Bantú culture), Gagá (Franco-Haitian culture) and Cuban Conga.
Bachata is a popular dance that originates in the Domincan Republic, and is now danced all around the world. It has been evolving for several decades. It is increasingly danced to faster music, adding more footwork, simple turns and rhythmic free-styling with alternation between close (romantic) and open position.
Brazilian zouk is a partner dance originating from Brazil. Also known as zouk-lambada, the dance is a descendant of lambada, the music & dance style that swept over the world like a storm in the late 1980’s. Brazilian zouk is characterized by the dancers’ undulating bodies and the girls’ flowing hair. Depending on the style of Brazilian zouk, you can see a close connection embrace and long graceful steps, strong hip movements, body isolations and upper-body torsions, wild spins and whip-like head movements. While the dance is often called sensual, it is not sexual or erotic. It is danced by people of all ages in night clubs, dance schools and events around the world!
Like many dance styles, Brazilian zouk is ever evolving. There are a few different lines or styles of Brazilian zouk, the main three derivations at the moment (April 2015) being ‘lambazouk’, ‘traditional zouk’ and ‘modern zouk’.
The most cheerful & lively in feeling & tempo, with a steady 2/4 rhythm. The dance emphasizes this rhythm with a step on each beat & sometimes on the off beats as well.
You know how to eat salsa with your chips, now come learn how to dip and shake your hips! We’ll teach you a bit of everything from Salsa leading, following, styling & technique in a relaxed, fun atmosphere.
Ladies, Ladies, Ladies, move to the fun beat of Salsa Aerobics! Let’s take our time and really learn how to use our bodies in dance. This class will touch on dance techniques and Latin dance moves. Come learn to use your center, hips, arms, and sexy footwork while you sweat.
Sweat a little and shake your hips! This class will give students a solid foundation in the fundamentals of samba, while exploring its many expressions: folkloric samba de roda, glittery, elegant Rio-style “passista” samba, playful, jazzy “malandro” samba, pop-style “pagode” samba from Bahia, African “samba afro,” and more. This type of samba should not be confused with “ballroom samba”, so no partner is necessary.
Tango is a highly improvisational dance that is built in layers. Come learn the structure of tango from start to finish in a relaxed atmosphere. Students are coached in the skills of leading and following — as well as the etiquette and culture of Argentine Tango.
Kizomba is one of the most popular genres of dance and music originating from Angola. It is a derivative of semba, with a mix of Kilapanda and Angolan Merengue, and sung generally in Portuguese. It is music with a romantic and sensual flow.