All of the dances we teach are partner dances where a leader and follower embrace their roles in order to move seamlessly together to a variety of styles of music. Dancing at The Crystal Ballroom Dance Center connects people to themselves and a wonderful social community where they can dance with friends, spouses, and instructors.
There are 4 categories that make up the Ballroom Dances: American Smooth, American Rhythm, International Latin, and International Standard. Overall there are 20 dances categorized as ballroom dances which can be danced to a variety of rhythms and styles of music. Ballroom is both a social and competitive form of dance known for it’s larger than life personality and Swarovski covered ballgowns.The most popular social dances are Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Rumba and Swing.
West Coast Swing is the “cool” partner dance and has picked up popularity since it can be danced to many top 40s hits. West Coast Swing comes from Lindy Hop, and can incorporate movements and styling from all types of dance including ballet, hip-hop, argentine tango, ballroom, etc… West Coast Swing is a VERY social dance, and has many weekends of workshops, social dancing, and competitions around the country. Their competitions are known for being “Jack & Jill” meaning that you are paired with a partner (or multiple partners) the day of the competition and are judged on your ability to lead/follow/connect to one another.
These dances originated in Latin America or Africa. Most often people think of Salsa when they think of Latin Dancing, but there are a variety of dances in this genre that are more popular among young professionals and students. Social Dancing, Competition, and Team Numbers are a part of this dance community
Argentine Tango is the most sensual and intimate of the partner dances. It is the precursor to ballroom style tango, and can be danced in a small space. The partners hold each other in a close embrace and the lead signals the followers movements through subtle weight changes and slight body movements.
Vintage Swing is a style of swing that was popular in the 1940s and returned to popularity among college students and young professionals in the 1990s. From fast and furious Big Band dancing, to kicks and jumps in Charleston, to slower and smoother Lindy Hop
Club dances are those that are not included in any of the above, but are still taught and danced at The Crystal Ballroom. These dances can be anything from disco to country to Polka.
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