DANCE STYLES WE TEACH
Ballroom, Latin and Nighclub Dance Lessons in Sydney
As Sydney’s social dance specialists, we offer dance lessons in a range of ballroom, Latin and nightclub dance styles. Whether you want to learn something traditional and elegant such as the fox trot, upbeat like the cha cha or versatile like the nightclub two step, we have you covered.
When teaching students to dance, we use our proven teaching method and utilise an internationally recognised dance syllabus. The secret to our success is how we use structure in our learning programs to meet individual needs.
Learning to social dance is a very special journey, and our friendly teachers will ensure that you have the skills to be confident on the dance floor. Come in for a trial lesson and you’ll see why people come from all over greater Sydney and surrounds to learn to dance with us.
Don’t learn a single style of dance. Learning is accelerated by learning at least 3 styles. Plus, most places play music that suits more than one style of dance. Don’t limit yourself!
Latin dance styles offered at William Maslin
The most popular variation of a larger Swing family, the East Coast swing is derived from the Fox Trot and Lindy Hop dances. The Swing is famous for its back rocks, triple to single step variations, and pendulum hip movements. It’s a medium paced yet grounded dance, perfect for a swinging 50s disco.
The mambo is a rhythm or Latin dance, that is fast, fun and often known as Salsa on 2. It follows the same rhythm as Salsa, but starts on the second beat. It is a very traditional dance, preferred by communities in Mexico and Cuba, with accentuated hip movements at each step. Mambo means ‘shake it’ and has evolved to include influence from Bolero and Rumba.
The merengue is a travelling dance, that is fun, light and joyous. It can just look like stepping to the side for 8 steps, but coupled with Cuban motion, weight changes and a strong, proud torso, the Merengue is far from easy. It is fast, fun and fancy. The Merengue was banned in 1941 seen as scandalous at the time. But the dance took off in the following decades in social and dance halls, and is now a much loved dance for beginners to learn Latin motion.
A romantic, flowing spot dance. It shares a similar timing to Rumba, although lends itself to a longer ‘slow’ step. It includes rise and fall similar to the Waltz, and weight change indicating step change just like the Argentine Tango. To further accent the sensuality of the dance, it uses contra-body movement like the Tango. The bolero is a unique, complex and intense dance where you can showcase your smooth and rhythm ability all at once. Its unique ‘slip pivot’ gives the dance flow and shape different of any other dance.
Brazil’s signature dance, the samba is a carnival starting at your feet, and inviting your whole body to experience the fast paced rhythm and happy tones. The Samba in Brazil is danced a little different to the western version of this social dance, and actually there are over 10 variations. As the dance travelled worldwide, many variations evolved, but the ‘Samba rock’ versions took hold in the Western and European countries. The Samba, while it still holds its Brazilian roots and characteristics, it can be considered the most international Latin dance as a result of its international evolution.
The 4 stages of learning to social dance
1. Trial Lesson
Work out a suitable dance program, such as style, number of lessons, timeframe etc
2. Learning Elements
Learn all the figures in each dance style. Starting with the basics and then through to harder figures.
3. Putting it Together
Now you have all the pieces of the puzzle, it’s time to start putting it together into a beautiful artwork.
What did we say? Practise, practise and more practise. You’ll run through it a few times to make it great
Why do quality dance studios encourage students to learn the ‘core six’ styles of dance – rumba, cha cha, swing, fox trot, tango and waltz?
With this repertoire you’ll be able to dance to most common types of music.