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Waltz With Me…

Waltz With Me…


The Waltz is one of the smoothest ballroom dances. It is a progressive dance marked by long, flowing movements, continuous turns, and “rise and fall”. The dance is so graceful and elegant. Waltz dancers appear to glide around the floor with almost no effort. 


Here’s a little history about the Waltz:

“When first introduced into the English ballrooms in the early 1800’s, the Waltz was denounced by both church and state for its vulgarity and immorality… this was, after all, the first time society had seen this outrageous dance position, with the man holding the lady so close to his body. But the very thing that brought it such criticism also made it appealing, and the Waltz was here to stay.”

“Throughout its history, the Waltz has undergone many changes. Even before its introduction into society as a ballroom dance, it was a country folk dance born in the seventeenth century in the suburbs of Austria and Bavaria. By the middle of the eighteenth century, the dance had grown in popularity and spread throughout Europe.”

“The Waltz was introduced into the United States in the mid-1800’s. The standard Waltz tempo at this time was still very fast and quite demanding to the average dancer, and before long, composers were writing music which was much slower. From this music evolved a style of Waltz called the Boston, with slower turns, and more longer, gliding movements. While the Boston eventually faded away, it did stimulate the development of what we now know as Slow Waltz.”

“The twentieth century saw two distinct styles of the Slow Waltz evolve. The English refined the movements and codified the technique into the competitive International style, while the Americans developed a Waltz with a more theatrical flavor.”

Source: ballroomdancers.com


Now learn how to do the basic: Waltz Left Box Turn



Visualize the box. The basic waltz steps create the image of a box on the floor. This is why the basic step is called the Left Box. Your feet will stop at the corner points on the box and move along the edges and diagonally across the center. Envisioning this shape will help you as you learn the dance.


Next, count in threes. The waltz is known for its three beat count. As you step, you should be able to count 1-2-3, 1-2-3, etc. Two 3-counts should complete your box.


“Dance basic steps or add turns. You can dance the basic square movement, especially in the beginning when you are learning the dance. However, it is more common for the waltz to include turns. These are easily added once you are more accustomed to the dance.”

Tips:

  1. Lead clasps follow’s right hand in their left. Hold at shoulder’s height.
  2. Lead places their right hand to cup follow’s shoulder blade.
  3. Follow places their left hand with fingertips at lead’s shoulder seam.
  4. Place elbows at shoulder’s height.
  5. Stand with backs straight, upright, and knees loose.

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Why You Should Start Dancing Salsa Today!

Start Dancing Salsa!  
Are you looking for a fun, sexy new hobby that might just transform your life? Then you may want to consider salsa dancing.”

“Salsa dancing is a popular form of social dance that originated in South America and New York, and has grown to be one of the most popular dance forms in the world. Maybe you’ve watched people dancing salsa on popular shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With The Stars, or seen people dancing at the many salsa festivals that are held throughout the Bay Area. If you’ve ever thought it would be fun to learn how to dance like that, then I encourage you to start learning how to salsa today.”
1) Salsa is good for your health

“Salsa dancing is a great way to get into shape. Whether you take salsa lessons, join a team, or go out dancing several times a week, salsa is a full-body aerobic workout that works all your core muscle groups such as your abs, hips, and legs. Salsa dancing is a fun way to burn calories and tone your muscles, and it’s a lot more fun than running on a treadmill at a smelly gym!”

  

2) Salsa is a great way to meet people

“Salsa, unlike many other dance forms like hip hop or ballet, is first and foremost a social activity. Whenever you go out to a salsa club, you will be dancing with dozens of members of the opposite sex, and getting to meet a lot of new people. Whether you’re looking for a date or just want to make a lot of great friends, salsa is a great way to break your daily routine and meet lots of new people. Trust me, it beats grinding people in a noisy club or getting drunk at the bar.”

  

3) Salsa makes you feel sexy

“If you’ve ever seen salsa dancing before, you know that salsa is a very sexy and sensual dance. By learning how to dance salsa, you will learn how to better express your sensual side. If you’re like me and work in an office all day or have a regular day job, you probably don’t have many opportunities to really express yourself in your day-to-day life. Salsa provides you with a fun and safe outlet for exploring your sensuality and creative side.”

  

4) Salsa builds confidence

“One of the common insecurities that many people have is that they don’t know how to dance. Fortunately, taking a few salsa lessons will help get rid of that insecurity in no time! In addition to helping you be a better dancer, salsa also helps you build confidence in meeting new people and interacting with others of the opposite sex, as you’ll be doing a lot of both in any given night of salsa. Salsa also provides opportunities for performing on stage, and there are many different salsa teams in the Bay Area that perform around the country and the world. There is no bigger confidence booster than getting on stage before hundreds of people and dancing your heart out.”

  

5) Salsa is international

“Like I mentioned before, salsa is one of the most popular forms of dancing in the world. If you like traveling, then you will LOVE salsa dancing. Whether you like exploring the Americas, or you enjoy visiting Europe or Asia, in whatever city you find yourself in, you will likely find a salsa club. Salsa dancing provides you an instant connection with people in cities around the world, even if you don’t speak their language. Salsa is like its own universal language and by learning it you will be able to enjoy connecting with people from all over the world.”

  

6) Salsa is diverse

“One of the misconceptions about salsa dancing is that it’s only for Mexicans and Latinos. However, while salsa does have Latin American origins, the salsa community, especially here in the Bay Area, is incredibly diverse. In a typical night you can expect to dance with peoples of many nationalities, from all walks of life, from tech entrepreneurs to restaurant workers and homemakers.”

“The word salsa means “mixture”, and like its namesake, salsa brings together people of all stripes for mutual enjoyment and pleasure. If you’re looking for a fun and diverse community to be a part of, you can’t go wrong with salsa.”

  

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Rumba Dance – “Everytime”

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 Click above to see a beautiful Rumba, choreographed by yours truly! 

  
Today, I was reflecting on all my dancing achievements, and I must say that learning all of the technical ballroom dances I was trained at Arthur Murray  [(16) Rumba, Salsa, Cha-Cha, Merengue, Samba, Mambo, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Fox Trot, West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Hustle, Two-Step, Tango, Bolero & Paso Doble] has been the most rewarding because it further developed me to become an even more well-rounded dancer. 

  

Rumba is one of the most erotic and sensual of all the Latin dance styles due to its slow rhythms and hip movements that create intense bodily expressions. Rumba is related to Afro-Cuban music, which was introduced to Cuba by African slaves in the sixteenth century. It is also influenced by the music brought to Cuba by Spanish Colonizers. There are several different types of Rumba that have evolved over the years.”

  

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Rumba – Everytime

Ballroom Dancing

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•This was my first choreographed routine for Ballroom Dancing. The dance is a rumba, done by Britney Spears. I had only been dancing Ballroom for 3-4 months before I choreographed my first dance – Latin.
I hope you enjoy the video!

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Rumba – Everytime

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