Every Friday, Join Us For Louisville's Best Friday Dance Party!
Dance Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Country, Tango, etc. with Louisville's Friendliest Dancers. 8:00 until 11:00. $12. Includes beverages and hors d'oeuvres.
Our instructors, Andy and Christy, have competed in major National and International Ballroom Championships and want to share their passion and years of experience with the serious Ballroom Dancer afire with a competitive spirit! Please contact us for information.
Ballroom & Latin Dances
- Argentine Tango: The Tango is one of the most fascinating of all ballroom dances. This sensual ballroom dance originated in South America in the early twentieth century.
- Bolero: The modern bolero is danced to a slow-quick-quick rhythm with long, gliding steps to the side on the slow beat and a rock-step, either forward or backward, on the quick-quick beats. Many of the patterns done in the Rumba have slower, measured counterparts in the Bolero. The dance often has a theme of approach and turning away—the tensions of a couple falling in love.
- Cha Cha: The Cha Cha is a lively, flirtatious ballroom dance full of passion and energy. The classic "Cuban motion" gives the Cha Cha its unique style. Partners work together to synchronize each movement in perfect alignment.
- East Coast Swing and West Coast Swing: Swing was a very dynamic and athletic dance and became popular among the young in the 1930s. During World War II, American soldiers carried it to Europe. In the early 1940s, Lindy Hop was tamed and simplified by dance schools to become a ballroom dance called Eastern Swing. In the late 1970s, the name was changed to East Coast Swing to match another variation of Swing, the West Coast Swing
- Foxtrot: The Foxtrot is a ballroom dance that is lots of fun and simple to learn...an excellent dance for beginners. The Foxtrot is a smooth dance in which dancers make long, flowing movements across the floor
- Paso Doble: The Paso Doble is one of the liveliest ballroom dances, originating in southern France. It is modeled after the sound, drama, and movement of the Spanish bullfight
- Quick Step: The Quickstep is a quick version of the Foxtrot. It is a ballroom dance comprised of extremely quick stepping, syncopated feet rhythms, and runs of quick steps. The Quickstep is exciting to watch, but among the most difficult of all the ballroom dances
- Rumba: The Rumba is considered by many to be the most romantic and sensual of all Latin ballroom dances. It is often referred to as the "Grandfather of the Latin dances.
- Salsa: The essential elements of modern salsa dance, music and culture can be traced to Cuba. It is the uniquely Cuban sound known as the Son Cubano that makes up the musical DNA of what is today called salsa. The energetic rhythmic phrases combined with the instrumentation – particularly the guitar and a close Cuban relative known as the tres- with repeating melodies and phrases called guajeos, descended from traditional Spanish folk melodies. By the 1920s, couples in Havana nightclubs had stirred into the dance mix generous helpings of tango, mambo, and flamenco, and the style began to spread throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.
- Samba: Possibly the most popular of all Brazilian ballroom dances, the Samba is popular with young people as well as older generations. The Samba can be performed solo or with a partner.
- Viennese Waltz: The Viennese Waltz is a quick rotating ballroom dance with a subtle rise and fall. It is considered by most to be one of the most difficult dances to learn. The simple and elegant rotational movement characterizes the Viennese Waltz.
- Waltz: The Waltz is one of the smoothest ballroom dances. It is a progressive dance marked by long, flowing movements, continuous turns, and "rise and fall." The dance is so graceful and elegant, Waltz dancers appear to glide around the floor with almost no effort.