Dance Styles

Ballroom and Latin

Ballroom and Latin American dancing includes ten different dances, often divided into two groups: five 'modern', or 'standard', ballroom dances, and five Latin American dances:

Modern/standard

  • Waltz
  • Quickstep
  • Tango
  • Foxtrot
  • Viennese waltz

Latin American

  • Cha cha cha
  • Jive
  • Rumba
  • Samba
  • Paso doble
DanceSport

DanceSport is the competitive face of Ballroom and Latin American dancing, as seen on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. You'll learn the same ten dances covered by our Ballroom and Latin classes, but here the emphasis is placed on correct technique, attractive presentation and competitive choreography rather than social figures.

All our DanceSport classes teach the International style rather than the American steps.

Rock'n'Roll

Rock 'n' Roll is a fun, energetic dance developed in the '50s. There are two popular flavours: Modern (Continental) and Authentic.

Both of these styles are danced to classic hits, as well as modern cheesy music. While the Authentic style is better suited for a social occasion, the Modern style has flashier footwork and is used at competitions.

Of course, Rock 'n' Roll is most famous for its spectacular acrobatic moves, and we do those too!

Salsa

With roots in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Colombia and New York, Salsa can now be found all around the world. Salsa is exuberant, fiery, fun, romantic, sexy, flirtatious and one of today's most popular dance styles!

Salsa is a dance that is constantly evolving, and over the last thirty years it has diversified into a number of different styles, with influences including West Coast Swing, Latin Hustle, Ballroom, Jazz and even Hip Hop. Cambridge has a thriving club scene, with people dancing a variety of styles.

Bachata is a sexy dance with roots in the Dominican Republic. The music is based on traditional Latin American guitar, and it has a simple 4-beat pattern that makes it easy to learn to dance. There are several different styles to bachata: in this course, we will be learning the two major styles, traditional bachata and Dominican-style bachata. Traditional bachata (and its music) is sensual, sexy, romantic, and passionate - Dominican-style involves some fancy footwork, flirtatious dancing, and thoughtful musicality.