We teach all Ballroom and Latin dances, from the elegance of Waltz, through the romance of Rumba, to the cheeky and high energy Salsa and Cha Cha. We do work on a program basis, which simply means if there are dances you don’t like, don’t do them, and if there are any dances you love and want to focus on and become the “best” on the floor with, that is exactly what we will help you achieve. Within our programs we have:
One on one with your own teacher, an opportunity to learn the most.
Different to most. We only have 6 to15 students in our group lessons, and everyone is at the same standard in your group.
Parties, held at the studio – a safe place to start using your dancing, meet people and have a great time.
Typically danced to big band swing-style music written in 4/4 time and with a music tempo ranging from 120 to 136 BPM; Foxfrot was developed by American entertainer Harry Fox and is a very versatile dance that can be adapted to almost all 4/4 time music. The Foxtrot is a progressive and turning dance moving along the Line of Dance. The figures taught in the Bronze Syllabus are taken with body flight and are designed for the larger ballroom floor. However these same figures are also suited to the average night-club floor when danced more compactly. Sway and rise and fall highlight the smooth style of the Foxtrot.
The most popular ballroom dance in the world. Waltz has an easy-to-hear 1-2-3, 1-2-3, rhythm, and can be danced to music found in nearly all music genres. Including rock, country, pop, and classical.
When the Waltz was first introduced into the ballrooms of the world in the early 19th Century, it was met with outraged indignation, for it was the first dance where the couple danced in a modified Closed Position with the Man’s hand around the Lady’s waist.
The Waltz dates back to the country folk dances of Bavaria, but it was not introduced into society until 1812, when it made its appearance in the English ballrooms. By 1840 it had become one of the most popular dances in the United States, and later proved its mettle by being the only dance to survive the “Ragtime Revolution”.
The latter part of the 19th Century found composers writing Waltzes to a much slower tempo than that of the original Viennese Waltz style. “After the Ball” and “The Band Played On” are two of the characteristic music styles of those years.
The Waltz Turns were in evidence and were being taught in the 1880’s. An even slower tempo came into prominence in the early 1920’s, with the result that today we have three distinctive tempi with varied accented beats and dance styles; i.e., the fast or “Viennese” style, the medium tempo used for the Bronze Waltz, and the slower tempo used for Silver, Gold and Supreme Gold Waltz.
In the midst of the greatest dance evolution in the history of America (1910 – 1914), the Tango made its bid for popularity. It instantly struck the dance-conscious public’s fancy for its interesting, asymmetrical and sophisticated figures which added the needed suavity to dancing.
There is not a clearly defined country of origin to which the Tango may be credited. It is claimed to have originated not only in Argentina, but also Brazil, Spain and Mexico. The earliest traces of the Tango date back to the 19th Century. . . . to the folk dances of Argentina. The “Milonga”, thought to have Moorish, Arabic and Spanish ancestry, was at first an ancient Spanish song form adapted to the dance by early country folk in Argentina.
Years later, the Argentinian plainsmen, the “Gauchos”, danced a modified version of the “Milonga” in the bawdy cafes of Buenos Aires. The youths of Argentina and Cuba changed the name to “Tango”, and the style to one that was more acceptable to society. The Cubans danced it to Habanera rhythms which are syncopated, and obscured the basic Milonga rhythm. It was not until after it went to Paris, and was re-introduced to Argentina, that the music was restored to its native style.
For the last 70 years, the 4 beat Tango rhythm has endured. The music is now universal, with many types of different styles depending upon the customs of the country. Of all the dances which came into being in the early 20th Century, only the Tango has continued to enjoy undiminished favor, up to this present age.
A slow, sensuous, romantic Latin dance which spotlights the lady and features much flirtation. Some dancers considered Rumba the most sensual Latin dance, for its relatively slow rhythm and the hip movement. Of the three styles of Rumba introduced to the USA, the Bolero-Rumba, the Son-Rumba and the Guaracha-Rumba, only the Bolero-Rumba (shortened to Bolero and taught in Silver, Gold and Supreme Gold) and the Son-Rumba (shorted to Rumba and taught in the Bronze, Silver and Gold), have survived the test of time. The Guaracha-Rumba quickly faded from vogue when the more exciting Mambo was introduced to Americans in the late 40’s.
The Eastern Swing or East Coast Swing, originally called the Lindy Hop, was born in the South of the U.S.A. and is the most famous American folk dance. The beat of swing included Charleston, Black Bottom, Shag and Lindy Hop. In the early 40’s these forms consolidated into what was called the Lindy. The Lindy was first danced as a modified Box Step, with a slight shuffling movement. The shuffling movement of the original Lindy can be likened to todays single rhythm in Swing. As the shuffling, or single rhythm progressed, it evolved into both the Double and Triple Lindy, and today all three form the basis of good Swing dancing.
About 85 years ago, the Swing was danced in the Harlem section of New York City…. at a time when such band greats as Chick Webb, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman were holding sway. It was in Harlem where the Swing took on most of todays popular steps and styling.
For many years now, the better establishments have frowned upon the wilder forms of the Swing because the acrobatics involved limited the number of people who could dance at one time. It is possible however, to do a fine Swing in a relatively small area, providing the dancers are better than average and have an assortment of dance breaks. There is no question that the dance is here to stay, for in all parts of the country you will find dancers adding their own interpretations and changes of style. All dances, in order to survive, must be built up from a firm basic movement so that ad-libbing and complete freedom of expression can be interpreted into the dance. The Swing has these attributes.
Cha Cha only came about in the mid to late 1950’s. Cha Cha was derived from the mambo, Mambo being the same as all Latin dances Quick quick Slow. Cha Cha on the slow of Mambo extra beats were added in by Jazz musicians, dances then danced the Cha Cha on the slow beat. Cha Cha today is the most common dance done to music at clubs and the top 40. Cha Cha a must dance for all social dancer’s. Cha Cha sometimes known as Cha Cha Cha has a double beat on the forth beat of music in 4 / 4 tempo, so while Cha Cha Cha is fun to say Cha Cha is more correct. Watch us dance the Cha Cha here
Today, in the dance world, one thing is certain… there is no escaping the fast Latin dances of the Salsa and Mambo. The extent of these dances all-conquering invasion may be appreciated in the fact that its rhythm, not content in being restricted to Latin melodies, have invaded the popular music market where they have attached themselves to all kinds of materials, much of which would be completely lost without its distinctive flavour. Across the length and breadth of the nation, dancers who never progressed beyond Waltz and Foxtrot are clamouring wildly for Salsa and Mambo instruction. More and more, dancers are coming to the realization that here is one of the most abandoned, fun-filled crazes of any era. They are having a great time, but they would undoubtedly be surprised to learn that the enjoyment they have so obviously found is said to be almost completely the work of one man – – Perez Prado.
During the early 30’s, Latin dance bands came increasingly before North American audiences. Noro Morales and Xavier Cugat were among them, bringing a welter of Rumbas, Sambas, and Tangos to a delighted public. Then Mr. Prado recorded an opus entitled “Mambo Jambo” and the fun was on. Appearing first in Mexico City, he created more excitement, and perhaps more revolution, than Pancho Villa. The ensuing conflagration spread rapidly throughout the rest of those countries below the Rio Grande, and now is consuming just about everything above.
The Samba was imported from Brazil and was introduced to the DANCE MASTER ASSOCIATION of NEW YORK in 1929. Like many Brazilian dances, the music is based on Negro rhythms combined with an expressive melodic line, usually in 2/4 time and written in a major key. It is a serenade in form, with repetitions of the melodic pattern continually interrupted by strumming of a stringed instrument. It first became famous in Rio de Janeiro and later the fascinating form was taken up by serious Latin American Composers.
The Samba is danced in a moderate to slow tempo in South America but usually to a faster tempo around the world. However, at a slower pace, one has more control and the tantalizing elements of the dance may be more easily effected. The basic spring-like knee action, a fall and rise movement called the “Samba Pulse”, must be continuous, with emphasis on the downward rather than the upward movement. This brightly spirited dance has endured the test of time and now ranks high among the popular social dance classes gold coast.
A ballroom dance of Dominican and Haitian folk origin, characterised by a sliding step and the music for this dance is usually in rapid 2/4 time.
Both Haiti and the Dominican Republic Claim that it was their country that originated the Merengue. The Haitian story is that an early ruler of the country had a lame son who liked to dance. In order that he would not feel embarrassed about his affliction, the entire government took to dancing the Merengue as if they too were lame.
The Dominican story differs only slightly, claiming it was born at a dance given for a great hero returning from the wars. He got up to dance and limped on his wounded left leg. All the other men present, rather than embarrass the hero, also favoured their left legs as they danced.
Regardless of who claims to have originated the dance, the Merengue continues to enjoy favour with all dancers, who find its music lively and spirited and fun to dance to. The lame leg theory, originally introduced when the dance was brought here in the early 50’s, has slowly disappeared from sight, making the Merengue one of the easiest of the Latin dances, and great fun to dance.
The Western Swing or West Coast Swing incorporates many forms of Swing including, Lindy, Shag, Whip and Push. Versatile dancers, eager to display their talents, are ever creating new and interesting movements in the Swing. These dances evolve with the music of the era.
The Western Swing has quickly gained popularity around the world because of its more sophisticated style and easy adaptation to today’s modern Rock music. Originally a regional style popular in the West and Southwest of the USA, the Western Swing made its bid as a nationally accepted style of Swing in the late 50’s and has been gaining strength ever since. The dance is here to stay – for all dances, in order to survive, must be built up from a firm basic movement so that ad-libbing and complete freedom of expression can be interpreted into, all new music from any era. ballroom dancing classes gold coast
Always wanted to learn to dance but don’t think you’re cut out for it?
At 5th Avenue Dance Studio we believe that everyone has the natural ability to dance, you just need the right instruction. We teach traditional, modern and contemporary Ballroom and Latin dances, from the elegance of Waltz, through to the Romance of Rumba, to the cheeky and high energy Salsa and Cha Cha. We are a Social Studio, so it is all about having fun! And if you want to be able to dance to any music, with any partner, on any size dance floor, we are the only dance studios on the Gold Coast who can help. We don’t teach timed choreography, routines or combinations, so you can take your dance moves anywhere. Find out more, and try us out, with a Free Private Lesson that can be taken any time Sunday to Thursday – 8am to 8pm.