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Dance Styles

Below you’ll learn more about our dance styles:

West Coast Swing

Smooth. Stretchy. Subtle.

West Coast Swing is versatile partner dance, danced to a wide range of popular music from blues to pop, slow swing and R&B. While its history lies in the vintage swing dance, Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing is characterized by a constant evolution to match the music of the moment. It’s smooth and stretchy in its look and feel, and offers a lot of space for each dancer to express their individuality. It can be funky, groovy, lyrical, or swung depending on the music and your personal style. It’s extremely popular in its home-country of the U.S.A. and is the official state dance of California.

New York Hustle

Big. Showy. Smooth. 

a.k.a. “sychopated Hustle”. A unique three-count dance danced to four-count music, New York Hustle, also called Latin Hustle, originated in clubs in the ’70s. The dance has evolved and become more refined than you’ll see in movies like Saturday Night Fever, but it’s still a showy dance with and expanded frame and long arm extensions. From its inception, Hustle fused elements of various Latin dances (mambo, cha-cha, salsa) and was heavily influenced by disco-era music and dances, creating a unique social dance. Through the 1980s the dance continued changing, borrowing movements from other ballroom dances as it gained popularity in competitions and performance settings. To this day, the dance is continuously evolving and is one of the few social dances born and cultivated in the U.S.

Partnered Blues

Slow. Close. Sad or Sweet.

Partnered Blues blends influences of traditional African and African-American dance with some of the partnered aesthetic of North American ballroom dancing. Like the music that inspire it, Blues dancing explores riffs and repetitions based on simple ideas. It evolved from African solo dance to share the expression of life’s full range of emotions through improvisational movement with a partner. It’s a connection-centric form of dance generally danced to slow blues music and driven by the music’s pulse. It does not rely on a common range or syllabus of patterns – instead, it focuses on improvisational movement to music that is transferred to the partner through the connection.

Other Dances

For those who enjoy Latin rhythms, or for those who just want a few moves to get started at a club or a wedding, we’ll match a lesson to your needs!