Dance Quarter is home to partner dancing, the ReBelles dance troupe, Hip Hop, Adult Ballet, and Dance Trance.
PARTNER DANCE CLASSES (also referred to as Social Dance Classes)
Includes Argentine Tango, Swing, Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, Salsa, Bachata, Blues, and Ballroom. These classes are usually offered as 10-week courses and/or monthly workshops.
Includes Dance Trance, Hip Hop, and Adult Ballet.
Please watch the videos. Nothing speaks better than visuals!
THE PARTNER DANCES:
Along with descriptions, you will find links to social dancing and performance videos below. Our classes will prep you for social dancing. If you wish to perform, you will need to take a performance class. Keep in mind that the videos below feature professional dancers.
SWING DANCE/LINDY HOP/JITTERBUG
These words tend to be used to describe the same dance and can almost be interchangeable. To summarize, Swing is a bit more generic of a term and can include many styles. Lindy Hop is the original form of swing that started in the late 1920s’ at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem.
The music that Swing/Lindy accompanies is primarily Ragtime, Dixieland, Blues, jazz and more particularly swing music (big band), as well as Jump Blues. You may have seen people dancing it on Frenchmen Street. It is the perfect dance for New Orleans traditional Jazz Music. Swing dance, just like the music, allows for both partners to improvise steps while dancing together, putting Swing dance forms in a short list of dances that put a premium on improvisation.
Within the Swing dance family, there are other styles such as Balboa (or Bal-Swing), Collegiate Shag and Blues. Blues and West Coast Swing (See description below) are the dance to be used to the slower tempos whereas Balboa and Shag are very handy for the faster tempos.
Swing is the FUN dance!
WEST COAST SWING
West Coast Swing (WCS) is a partner dance with roots in Lindy Hop. It is characterized by a distinctive elastic look that results from its basic extension-compression technique of partner connection, and is danced primarily in a slotted area on the dance floor. The dance allows for both partners to improvise steps while dancing together, putting West Coast Swing in a short list of dances that put a premium on improvisation.
Typically, the follower is highlighted. She also walks into new patterns traveling forward on counts “1” and “2” of each basic pattern, rather than rocking back.The Anchor Step is a common ending pattern of many West Coast Swing figures.
The origins of the dance that became known as West Coast Swing can be traced to the swing era. However, WCS can be danced to almost any music written in 4/4 time at speeds ranging from very slow to medium speed; 15 to 45 Measures per Minute, ideally at 32 Measures per Minute (15×4=60 bpm, 32×4 = 128 bpm, 45×4=180 bpm). Nowadays most people like to dance WCS to either Blues or contemporary music.
WCS is the sexy version of Swing!
Salsa is the hottest dance on the club scene today, emphasizing undulating body movement, sassy turns and compelling rhythms. This “nubile” dance originally hailed from Cuba in the 1950’s, and was greatly influenced by dancers and musicians in Puerto Rico, Miami and New York.
Salsa is the SEXY dance!
It was born in Buenos Aires at the beginning of the last century.
Originally developed by the poor immigrants in the ports, as their way of
expressing loneliness, frustration, desire and energy, often danced in a
close embrace, legs often entwined, it was seen by the rest of the world as
Tango was popularized in the 1920’s when some of the great tango songs were
written, and various big tango orchestras started. It became socially
acceptable and many young people started dancing it in ballrooms and at tea
dances, both in Buenos Aires, and Paris. Today, it is danced all over the
world and to different types of music. Tango music can be slow and soulful
(tango), or fast and fun (milonga). Nowadays, Tango is also danced to new rhythms and styles of music. In this case, it is often referred as Tango Nuevo.
Tango is improvised, so in this class you will learn to communicate with
your partner throughout the dance and learn to listen to the music. In
reality, all you need to learn to dance Tango is the ability to walk in all
directions with the music and with your partner – and learn some patience
as it is not as easy as it may sound and can get more intricate!
The reward is that at times, it feels like you are meditating with your
partner and moving to the music together as one.
Tango is the dance of PASSION!
Dance Trance is a fitness class that uses choreographed dance routines to get the most out of a workout. It’s hard to explain the level of enthusiasm for this class, we suggest that you come in and experience it for yourself! The element of fun and the driving music is what makes the class popular with fitness enthusiasts who may be bored with stepping up and down or dancing to the same type music every night. This class is for all level dancers.
Hip Hop classes combine street dance with funk and jazz to create fun, action packed fitness workouts via music video like choreography. Learning the importance of isolations and dynamics to execute pop-and-lock and funk movements sculpts the body as it increases dance ability. This class if for all level dancers.
Zumba is an aerobic fitness program combining movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance. Latin American dance music is the music of choice for this fun, upbeat fitness class.
Belly dancing celebrates the dynamic shapes of all bodies. It is identified by swaying hips, undulating torso, and articulated isolations employed in a range of dynamic and emotional expressions. Curving patterns, undulations, thrusts, lifts, locks, and drops, and shaking or quaking body movements are all characteristic of dance movements learned in Belly Dance.
Accents using “pop and lock,” flexibility, rolling one’s stomach muscles, balancing various props like baskets, swords, or canes, and dancing with chiffon or silk veils are also part of the fun of Belly Dance fitness.