Choosing Dance Styles: Standard or Latin?

Perhaps you’ve been interested in learning how to dance for a long time now. Maybe you and your significant other have been yearning to do this together and finally have the time. Whatever the reason, choosing a dance style to focus on will be your first task. How can you make this decision? Well, it depends a lot on your style as a couple. You have two broad options: standard or Latin. Either way, Dance DNA offers several classes and time slots to fit your busy life.

Standard Dance

image3Standard dance typically refers to ballroom programs. These types of dances are great for weddings, formal events, and competitions, punctuated by graceful moves and sharp pivots depending on the dance you choose. Here are some examples of popular ballroom dances:

  • English Waltz: smooth, progressive English dance
  • Tango: partner dance originating from the 1890s in Río de la Plata near Argentina and Uruguay
  • Viennese Waltz: a particularly fast form of waltz hailing from the Romantic era in Vienna.
  • Foxtrot: danced to big band music, this is a smooth dance characterized by long sweeping movements across the floor
  • Quickstep: fast and powerful dance with lively syncopations

People have many reasons to take ballroom dancing. Perhaps a couple wants to learn how to dance for their upcoming wedding, or maybe a couple is preparing for a competition. Whatever the reason, Dance DNA has many classes to choose from led by qualified instructors.

Latin Dance

Dance Classes in ThornhillLatin dancing is vastly different from the ballroom style in that it is typically quicker, livelier and spicier! Examples of Latin dances include:

  • Samba: Brazilian dance with a traditional rhythmic beat
  • Cha-Cha-Cha: Cuban Latin dance dating back to the 1950s, characterized by a syncopated fourth beat
  • Rumba: Afro-Cuban dance with many derivatives including African, Cuban, Catalan and Flamenco
  • Paso Doble: modeled after Spanish bullfight, this Spanish light music is characterized by moderated movement originating in the 16th century
  • Jive: quick and lively variation of the Jitterbug, with origins in East Coast Swing

There are more dances that are related to Latin dancing but are actually considered to be a Caribbean Mix. These are also quick, lively, intimate dances that require fast steps with a spicy flair. Those include:

  • Salsa: social dance originating in New York influenced by Cuba and Puerto Rico
  • Mambo: a Cuban dance originating in the 1950s
  • Bachata: Dominican Republic dance with a three-beat rhythm
  • Merengue: Dominican dance with origins in Merengue music highlighted by many twists and turns
  • Argentine Tango: Originated in Buenos Aires in the 19th century, characterized by walking with partner counterclockwise around the dance floor
  • Zumba: a combination of Latin and international music that can encompass a fun yet effective workout

Those who like lively, social dances that they can perform at clubs and competitions will choose Latin dances, of which there are many variations.

Choosing between a standard or Latin dance is a very personal decision. Let Dance DNA help you in your decision. Book your free lesson!