Dance Your Heart Out!
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and luckily you’ve got Arthur Murray to help surprise your special someone. We all know the blasé expectation of dinner and a movie, which is why you’re a step ahead and armed with ballroom dance lessons. Just like couples, every dance has its own personality and rhythm. Here are a few to get you thinking:
Waltz: The Elegant Elephant
Waltz is one of the most easily recognizable dances, with elegance and grace defining this classic dance. Considered the mother of present-day dances, the waltz has been one of the most popular dances for over 300 years!
Foxtrot: The Cool Cucumber
A beautiful, romantic dance, the Foxtrot is a favorite for many dancers and is often called the “Get Acquainted, or “First Impression” dance. The smooth elegance of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers gave Foxtrot the silver screen treatment and solidified it as one of the most popular dances of all time.
Tango: The Lustful Lover
One of the most passionate and intense dance styles, Tango has a strong emphasis on the love/hate dramatics of attraction. Tango broke into the mainstream when Rudolph Valentino performed it in the 1921 film “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”. A perfect film to end your evening with!
Rumba: The Saucy Seducer
With slow rhythms and seductive hip movement, Rumba is one of the most sensual of Latin dances. The music is a blend of African rhythms and Latin melodies, with the dance moves to match. Not only was Rumba at the forefront of the Cuban and Latin dance craze, but Americanized Rumba is credited as the basis for Mambo and Cha Cha!
Cha Cha: The Fiery Flirt
The Cha Cha is onomatopoeic, meaning it gets its name from the sound of the dancers’ foot movements! Born in 1940’s Cuba as a variation of the Mambo, Cha Cha’s cheeky style and infectious one-two, one-two-three rhythm gets everyone shuffling their feet to the sounds of “cha-cha-cha”!
Swing: The Playful Partner
Swing is a uniquely American dance enjoyed worldwide, generation after generation. Following the Charleston, Swing dance became the all the rage when Swing music was popularized in 1930’s America. The dance mimics the music, with energetic and playful interactions, bouncy steps and lots of movement.
Samba: The Sassy Siren
Sometimes called the South American Waltz, the Samba is the national dance of Brazil and pulsates to a unique Latin rhythm. It’s a happy, flirtatious, exuberant dance often associated with looks and sounds of Rio’s Carnival.
At the end of the day, dance is about spending time together. So try something new, push your boundaries, but remember to have fun and laugh while celebrating the one you love.