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TRADITIONAL PARTNER DANCES

TRADITIONAL BALLROOM DANCES

Though Sunnie teaches students of all skill levels in all dance styles — she is a championship level instructor in the traditional ballroom dances styles.

These are cumulatively known as the “international standard.”

WALTZ

Many couples show up for their first wedding dance lesson assuming they want to learn waltz.  Waltz can only be danced to 3/4 time music (like “Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones).  In contrast, most contemporary music is in 4/4 time.   If you have already selected your “First Dance” music for your wedding, please tell your instructor the title/artist for your song.  We will double-check that waltz is in fact a useful dance for you to learn.  If not, we will help guide you as to which style will be most helpful for you.  There are two primary sub-sets of waltz including international style and American style.

TANGO

Tango is a highly styled ballroom dance, with emphasis on leg movements and staccato body action. There are several sub-types of tango including international style, American style, and Argentine.  Your instructor will help guide you to which style is best for you.

FOXTROT

Foxtrot is a popular partner dance done to medium tempo 4/4 time music.  It is characterized by smooth, gliding movements and is most useful on medium to large size dance floors.  The primary sub-sets of foxtrot are international style and American style.  Your instructor will help guide you as to which style is most useful for you.

QUICKSTEP

Quickstep is a fan favorite on “Dancing With The Stars”!  This energetic dance is fun and flashy, and travels quickly around the floor.  This style is more challenging to learn than most, so students may find it more comfortable to start learning another style (or styles) first.  This is Sunnie’s favorite style to teach!

VIENNESE WALTZ

Viennese Waltz is a fan favorite on PBS “Championship Ballroom Dancing”!  This traditional and fast-paced dance is graceful, and travels quickly around the floor.  This style is more challenging to learn than most, so students may find it more comfortable to start learning another style (or styles) first.  Viennese can only be danced to 3/4 time music, like “Rainbow Connection”.