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Ballroom dancing

Words are not really strong enough to explain what actually is an visual art.
Some of you have seen the dances in shows like "Strictly come dancing". Don't get overwelmed, there the amateurs dance with a professional and the showdances are a result of very intensive training (8 -10h a day for at least 3 months before the first show). But very often the character of the dance is very clear. For the moment just type: ballroom dancing in youtube and you will find plenty of examples.

We only wish to give you some brief explanation, there is no complete definition.

Standard dances
Slow Waltz, Tango, Slowfoxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep
Theses 5 dances are part of the international modern ballroom dancing programme. 5 dances that are danced in a stable closed hold. Harmony is created by perfect synchronisation and coordination of the two bodies.
Each dance has its own characteristics


  • Slow Waltz:
    The most romatic dance. Should look soft and still very dynamique.
  • Tango:
    The passionate one. Sharpness in the movements to express the staccato of the music. Fast movements & headflicks are very typical for tango. Not to confuse with the very intimate Argentine tango.
  • Viennese Waltz:
    The classical standard dance. It is fast, turns to right and to left. But the turns should look bold and smooth. Nowadays we see also other figures.
  • Slowfoxtrot:
    A very linear dance. The music is very smooth. Some professionals describe it as skating over the floor.
  • Quickstep:
    Sparkling like champagne, with some skipping movements and some charleston elements. It should look light. This one feels like flying over the floor.

Latin-american dances:
Cha-cha, Rumba, Jive, Paso Doble, Samba

The dancers have different variations in their hold. From face to face to side by side... everything is used. Still the dancers express two clearly defined roles as a lady and a man. A strong leader as a man and dynamique follower as a lady. The dances also have their very own characteristics:

  • Samba:
    The roots are in Brazil, but is has taken a different development as a couple dance. Bounce and hip actions being the most visible ones, still giving a smooth and round look.
  • Cha-cha:
    Rhythmical, direct, sharp, playfull, simply fun to look at.
  • Rumba:
    The most romantic and sensual one. The lady seduces the man and the next moment she rejects him. Elegant Rumba walks, fast turns and expressive bodylines.
  • Paso Doble
    A little bit of a bull fight, the lady being the cape, the man matador. It also integrates elements of the flamenco. The dance partners challenge each other. It is all about designing the space.
  • Jive
    The competitive version of the swing dances. With triple steps, kicks, flicks, plenty of gimmicks. It should be light and really express fun.

Newcomers welcome, please join us even if you don't have a partner.
We start from the very basic. We change the dances every 4 weeks.
The classes are held in English, German, French and or Dutch according to the majority of the participants.


Interested? Then register online here


For dancers with experience: Please check the list of our classes, you are welcome to all of our intermediate and advanced classes for a try-out.
The language is basically in English but we do adapt to the dancers in NL, D, F where necessary.

Argentine Tango

Maybe I start with a description of one my dancers assisting an Argentine Tango show, she said:
"They looked so intimate that I was feeling like almost disturbing them"

This is what Argentine Tango is about.The couple is introvert, completely focused on each other in order to create a perfect improvisation together. It is the strongest form of non-verbal communication. A real journey to take together.

Please follow this link to have more information about the different styles:
http://www.tejastango.com/tango_styles.html

Besides there are actually three dances:

Argentine Tango
Argentine Tango Waltz

and the Milonga

Newcomers                                           Monday 20h
Beginners with little experience         Tuesday 21h


Salsa

The shortest and may be most self explaining definition might be:
"Salsa is the swing of the Latinamericans"

A social dance originated in Cuba, now popular in the whole world.
Just a have look: It is party time

Thursdays at 21h

Swing

In Swing dancing, there are a lot of very different styles:
Lindyhop
West-coast Swing
East-coast Swing
Boogie
...
and so many more; it is as diverse as the music.

With the modern popmusic a single 4-count version called Disco-Swing became very popular. It suits all modern popsongs in 4 counts and it is characterized by lots of wrapping figures, turns and change places including wraps, table tops and diving movements...

The other very popular style is Hustle, also very suitable for all kinds of modern popmusic.

Mondays  21h

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