Zumba fitness is a fitness dance exercise
program that keeps everyone motivated by creating a party like
Zumba instructors will take their students through a combination of dance steps such asmerengue, reggaetone and salsa. Zumba also incorporates fitness exercises such as bicep curls, knee lifts and squats. Zumba fitness is mostly about "booty shaking" dance moves that makes everyone laugh, smile and let loose!
West Coast Swing (WCS) is a partner dance
derived from Lindy Hop. It is characterised by a distinctive
elastic look that results from its basic extension-compression
technique of partner connection, and is danced primarily in a
slotted area on the dance floor.
The dance allows for both partners to improvise steps while dancing together.
Modern ballroom dances has its roots early in
the 20th century, when several different things happened more or
less at the same time. The first was a movement away from the
sequence dances towards dances where the couples moved
The most popular dances taught are Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep and Tango.
Latin dance includes a wide range of dances
originating in Latin America, Puerto Rico and Cuba.
Examples include the Cha-cha-cha, Rumba, Samba, Salsa, Mambo, Danza, Merengue, Tumba, Bachata, Bomba, Plena and Bolero. Some also include tango and Argentine Tango in thislist, although they differ from the rest in their style.
Ballet for pleasure, Ballet for the more
serious-minded. This classical style of expressive movement has
something to offer for everyone.
Ballet dates back to the 17th century. The conventional steps, grace and fluidity of movement are still found in Ballet today.
Choreographers have been influenced by composers through the ages. Ballet has a technique which is the foundation of all dance.
Tap is rhythm - rhythm is tap. Its origins are
many and varied. Americans claim its origin dates from the African
Jazz age. The Irishs take their claim to the Jigs and Step Dancing.
The English relate back to northern Clog Dancers but whichever one
chooses to believe,Tap is as popular today as it was in the heyday
of the great Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly musicals.
Evergreen shows, 42nd Street and Crazy For You, and the more reecnt Stomp and Tap Dogs highlight the great diversities of style and music in tapping. The IDTA has recently launched its new Tap Grade Examinations. Thousands of examinations and medal tests are held each year for childrens, students and professionals and a wide range of tests are available for adults of all ages. A gentle, rhythmical and enjoyable way to keep fit!
Freestyle/disco is the trendiest and most
popular form of dance in the UK today.
It involves runs, spins, kicks and leaps as well as many other diverse steps and movements with lots of different arm and handactions. The music can be fast and 'beaty' or slow and sensuous, allowing dancers of all ages to use freedom of expression to enhance their style.
Have you ever seen the hottest pop band's music
video or street crew performances?
Then you will already know what Streetdance looks like.Streetdance takes any form of popular music - from pop to hip hop -and choreographs routines to the beats. We have seen that, only too often, the most successful pop acts have made it big by combining Streetdance routines with their tunes and lyrics.
As with any style of dance, Country & Western
dancing did not just begin - it evolved.
It is a combination of many different forms of dance and cultures. It has been strongly connected to Folk Dancing and heavily influenced by European Immigrants travelling to North Americain the mid 1800’s. Their style of round and square dances together with the folk dances practised by the multi-cultural American West at this time resulted in the development of a new style; a cocktail of a wide variety of cultures produced Country & Western Dance, the birth of line dance as we know it today, which is rapidly growing and progressing. The most popular forms incorporated:
1.Line Dance. As the name suggests, dancing in ‘lines’ all performing a set routine.
2.Round Dances. Where people dance around the floor with partners performing set routines.
3.Square Dances. Where couples dance in formation to a caller.
4.Partner Country & Western Dance or “Freestyle”, including Two Step, Waltz, Schottische and Swing. The leader indicates the movement by the shaping of his arms and body.
As Line Dance continues to develop we see several different trends emerging: Traditional, Funky/Disco/Techno/Hip-Hop, Irish and Latin American.
Salsa is a fun and flirtatious Latin American
dance, fuelled by Afro-Caribbean rhythms and all-night partying.
The dance fuses Cuban,Puerto Rican and Columbian styles into simple
and lively movements. Salsa dancers fill venues all over the UK,
revelling in this hot Latindance.