Dance History Month: Lindy Hop

Born in Harlem, NYC, the Lindy Hop came to popularity during the same time as swing dancing. Some people categorize the lindy hop into jazz despite it being a part of the swing family. It was originally called a street dance because of the largely [...]
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Dance History Month: Fox Trot

Danced to big band music, the foxtrot resembles the waltz but is danced to a 4/4 time signature. It reached its peak of popularity in the 1930s, but continues to be danced today. Large, elegant, and graceful movements are typical. The female partner usually wears [...]
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Dancewear: Stay Warm

Winter is well on its way and that means cold weather is coming too! As dancers, we know that it is important to always keep our muscles warm when we are dancing. In the winter, this can be difficult especially when the studio is colder [...]
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Dance History Month: The Samba

Samba is a lively and wild dance style. There are actually various techniques of samba that all fall under the broader style. Each technique has specific requirements and movements. However, the majority of these techniques are danced to Latin or Angolan music. Samba fuses African [...]
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Dance History Month: The Quickstep

Created by Caribbean and African American dancers in NYC during the 1920s, the Quickstep is light and upbeat. Unlike the foxtrot, there are often syncopated rhythms and the male partner closes his feet. The quickstep is supposed to appear glamours and elegant with sweeping movements [...]
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Dance History Month: The Jive

Originating in the US, the jive is seen as a more lively and less inhibited version of the jitterbug. At professional competitions it is danced at a speed of 176 beats per minute-talk about fast feet! The jive, along with many other social dance forms, [...]
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Dance History Month: The Charleston

It was named after the city of Charleston, South Carolina and the song “The Charleston” that it was typically danced to. Fast footwork and movements forwards and backwards were part of the Charleston. Similar to how the whip-and-nae-nae were a fad for our generation, the [...]
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Dance History Month: Cha Cha

While this style was traditionally danced to orchestrated Cuban music, today it is danced to Pop-Latin music. Marked by isolated hip movements and fast speeds, dancers focus on weight shifts and the straightening/bending of the knees. This partner dance can be seen on shows such [...]
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Dance History Month: The Waltz

Many ballet dancers may automatically recognize waltz music for its ¾ time signature. Waltz began in Europe sometime during the 16th century. It was both a ballroom and folk dance. In contrast to ballet, it began among the peasant population and was later adopted by [...]
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Dance History Month: Swing Dancing

Starting in the 1920s, this style of dance is named after the swing music which accompanies dancers. This style of dance was created in African American communities, but quickly gained popularity throughout the US. Today, swing movements live on in the charleston, the lindy hop, [...]
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