Ballroom Bliss teaches the DVIDA American style dance syllabus that includes three levels, Bronze (beginner), Silver (intermediate) and Gold (advanced). The following describes the various styles of dances that we teach.

A regal dance made popular by kings and queens of the Renaissance period, the Waltz is characterized by long flowing movements and graceful, elegant turns. This is a popular dance style that can be used for many occasions including weddings, cruises and social dance events. By learning the Waltz, you will improve your sense of rhythm and poise on the dance floor while engaging a light cardiovascular workout.

Viennese Waltz
As the popularity of the Waltz increased in the late 1700’s, so did it’s tempo, paving the way to the Viennese Waltz. Characterized by its speed as well as a rise and fall and sway, the Viennese Waltz displays a magical elegance. Enjoy the challenge of fast turns and intricate footwork while burning some calories with this high energy dance.

Called the “Dance of Love”, Rumba is distinguished by its romantic feel. The most important characteristic of the Rumba is the continuous, flowing Cuban Motion, which gives this dance style it sensual look. By learning the Rumba, you will develop your understanding of Latin rhythms and perfect your partner connection.

Bolero is a slow, beautiful, expressive dance that combines the dance patterns of Rumba with the rise and fall action of the Waltz. Often called the “Cuban Dance of Love” the Bolero is believed to have evolved from Cuban and Spanish folk dances. While learning the Bolero you will enhance your core balance and creative movement and enjoy gentle stretching for improved body alignment.

The Mambo was introduced at the Havana nightclub in 1943 and later made popular by famous musicians include Tito Rodriquez, Tito Puente and Xavier Cugat. Mambo was widely popularized in Cuba by Prado Prez, in the 1940’s when his orchestra toured United States in 1951. He created a craze on the New York dance floors and came to be known as the “mambo king”. The Mambo is a fast and spicy dance characterized by strong Cuban Motion, staccato movement and expression of rhythm through the body. Develop your inner mambo king or queen while you burn some calories and get lost in the rhythm of this fun dance style.

The tango is derived from a blend of Argentine and African American musical rhythms and dance steps born in the Buenos Aires slums and brothels in the 19th Century that emerged as a highly passionate dance once shunned by society. The Tango is characterized by stealthy, cat-like movements with an unmistakeable staccato feel. Get swept away in the story of passion and glory that the Tango creates, while fine tuning your sense of rhythm and leg conditioning.

Cha-Cha evolved from a version of Cuban Mambo called Chasse (meaning to chase) Mambo. Steps were inserted between the forward and back breaks of slow Mambo music. Reportedly, Cha-Cha got its name from the sound of women’s shoes shuffling across the floor. This lively and fun dance can be addictive, so once you start you may never want to stop. Cha-Cha emphasizes Cuban Motion and rhythm expressed throughout the body.

Hustle is the perfect dance for dance-beat, nightclub music. It's easy to learn and can be danced everywhere: ballrooms, nightclubs, Latin clubs, parties and wedding receptions. The Hustle is characterized by fast moving patterns with many turns. The Hustle tends to spotlight the lady and features fancy arm and hip movements. The best part about Hustle is that it can be dance to modern music, not just the music from the 1970’s. So leave the platform shoes at home and have a blast learning some stylish moves to modern music.

Just as the name implies, the Salsa is a hot and spicy dance. Hot because of its current popularity on the modern dance scene. Spicy because of the sensual body movements that will make any heart skip a beat. Salsa features lots of turns and spins as well as some intricate footwork. In this class, you will perfect your musicality – the expression of music through dance movement. In four weeks, you will master the basics and turns that make Salsa so much fun to learn.

The Samba originates from Brazil and is danced as a festival dance during the street festivals and parades. The Samba became popular internationally in the 1920's and 30's and was stylized and made to have danceable patterns by ballroom dancers for use in partner dancing. In International style Latin dancing, the Samba is one of the five Latin competition dances. In Brazil, the form of Samba is more of a single person dance. The music has a joyful contagious rhythm and Samba rhythm can be found in many top 40 songs.

Fox Trot Written in 4/4, it can be danced to most music types, whether slow or fast. If you can walk, you can dance the Fox Trot! Hitting the streets of New York City in the 1920’s, the Fox Trot emerged as a lively, bouncing dance which America’s youth went wild over. The Fox Trot was popularized by Harry Fox, a young vaudeville comedian who incorporated a bouncy, trotting step nicknamed the Fox Trot. Today, the Fox Trot has evolved into a dance of social elegance, characterized by smooth, graceful and gliding movements and enjoyed by people of all ages. You can dance the Fox Trot to the music of the “crooners”, like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin to the contemporary artists such as Harry Connick and Michael Buble.

There are a variety of swing dance styles, including the Jitterbug, East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop and West Coast Swing.

The Jitterbug came from a radio announcer covering the 1936 Harvest Moon Balll, who said that the dancers looked like “Jitterbugs”, thanks to the fast and fancy footwork, lifts and aerials. The Jitterbug can be described as single swing (rock step, step, step) perfect for fast swing music.

East Coast Swing
East Coast Swing traces its roots to the original Lindy Hop, created in the late 1920's at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. Dance to the swing and jazz music of big bands such as Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Benny Goodman. It is a fun, upbeat dance distinguished by its bounce, back break and triple step footwork.

Lindy Hop
Lindy Hop is named after Lindbergh’s 1927 transatlantic flight. The basic 8 count pattern includes aerials as well as a wide variety of improvised moves and variations. This dance style is primarily an expressive jazz rhythm dance. The Lindy derived from social dancers with African movements connected with the earth, vertical bounce, side hip movements and a relaxed torso.

West Coast Swing
West Coast Swing was born in California during the 1940’s. Called Western Swing, this new dance was popularized in the 1950’s by Arthur Murray dance studios and teacher Skippy Blair. In 1959, the dance was renamed West Coast Swing and is the official California state dance. This dance style is smooth and danced in a slot, allowing room for syncopated footwork and improvisation. It can be danced to a wide range of music including rhythm and blues, country western, funk, disco, rock and pop.

Merengue is the national dance of the Dominican Republic, where it originated in the early 1800’s. Legend says the dance acquired its characteristic look from an old war hero who returned from battle with a wounded leg. While dancing, he couldn’t help but link to one side. Out of respect, all the villagers started dancing with a limp. Merengue is a fun and easy dance made up of simple steps and is characterized by its marching feel.

Paso Doble
The Paso Doble is a theatrical Spanish dance. Traditionally, the man is characterized as the matador (bullfighter) and the lady as his cape in the drama of a Spanish bullfight. Based on Flamenco dancing, the Paso Doble is both arrogant and passionate. One of the most dramatic of all the Latin dances, the Paso Doble is a progressive dance. In the Paso Doble, dancers take strong steps forward with the heels, and incorporate artistic hand movements.

Jive is one of the five International Latin dances. A lively, and uninhibited variation of Jitterbug, many of its basic patterns are similar to those of East Coast Swing. Jive and East Coast Swing share many figures, as well as the same music style and tempo. The basic look and feel of Jive is lots and lots of energy, with the legs portraying a pumping action. Jive is a very energetic dance, with plenty of knee-lifting, bending, and rocking of the hips. The fastest of the Latin dances, Jive incorporates lots of kicks and flicks and twirling of the woman.

The Quickstep was originally a march which became popular about 1850. It was mainly used to celebrate Presidents, Military, Exhibitions, Regiments, Heroes etc... It was basically used as a type of propaganda and morale music as well. Much like a fast version of the Foxtrot, the Quickstep is a ballroom dance style composed of extremely quick stepping and syncopated feet rhythms in time to fast-paced music. Elegant, smooth and glamorous, Quickstep dancers are energetic while appearing extremely light on their feet.