AGE LIMITATIONSLatin Group Classes4 yrs. of age – no limitHip-Hop Group Classes6 yrs. of age – no limitArmenian Group Classes6 yrs of age – no limitBallet Group Classes7 yrs of age – no limit
Our group classes are divided by age and level. However if the level of the dancer exceeds their age, they will be placed in a group appropriate for their dancing skills and capabilities.
NOTE: Please check the schedule at the bottom of this page for specific times.
In the group classes, the students will learn, practice, and repeat the routines of each dance they will learn. They will be taught technique and rhythm, as well as counts and styling. Students will also be taught the history as well as the individual characteristics and styles of each dance. Attention is also directed to working as a team and disciplining the students. We make an effort to have annual tests which are given orally during the group class session and simultaneously hold an open class, inviting the parent/guardian(s) to observe.
The Art, Sport and History of Latin Dance
Dance is defined as a way to express the music and emotions through your physical body. Turning emotion into motion using the personal characteristic of oneself to make “the dance.” Dance is not only an art but is a sport just as equally. It requires strength and passion, emotion and intelligence, discipline and soul. Latin American Ballroom dancing is a world all in it’s own. The style used today in competitive dancing is called the “International Style” which was first seen at the Royal Albert Hall when it was used by Walter Laird and his partner in 1959. This is when this style became popular. As knowledge of the history of each dance increased, the technique developed becoming more detailed and precise, and the expression of emotion and sensuality became more earthy, rhythmic, and exotic. The Cha-Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, and Jive, each with their own characteristic, history and style have developed the International Latin style turning it into one of the most popular styles of dance and hobbies today.
The cheeky Cha-Cha is the most flirtatious and sharp out of the 5 dances. Expressing competition within the partnership as well as teasing and playfulness.
The Samba is the brazilian carnival dance making it most rhythmical in the body and juicy in movement.
The Rumba is the one and only dance of love, whether it may be a love between friends or love in a relationship. This dance can be just as emotional as a relationship itself, creating lines and movement that one must feel in order to create.
The Paso Doble, which means double step, or two steps is the dance of the bull fight: the matador against the bull. It emulates shapes, commotion and aggression which take place in an actual bull fight. The man taking the role as the matador and the lady taking the place as the bull, the cape, sword, or the lady whom the matador may be trying to impress.
The Jive is the quickest of all dances incorporating the jitterbug, charleston, east coast and west coast swing, and different styles of swing dance. The bounce and kicks used in this dance make it exciting to watch and most energetic of all dances. Perkiness and compact movement make the Jive.