Category Archives: Rythm and Latin Dances

Jive (North American social dance)

Particularly in Western Canada the term "Jive" is often used in reference to a fast social swing dance using single side steps and "quick, quick, slow, slow" rhythm. This North American Jive is a very fun, adaptable dance that is danced socially and is known by many different names depending on where you live. This…
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Paso Doble

The dance depicting the bullfight where the male is the matador and the female represents the cape. The name comes from Spanish meaning "two step" and was originally a Spanish folk dance. Today it is a highly dramatic and flamboyant show dance danced in professional competition in the International Latin division and is rarely if…
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Jitterbug

The term Jitterbug has several meanings depending on where you live.  Originally Jitterbug was simply another regional name for the Lindy Hop that came into usage after about 1940. It is sometimes used, mostly along the west coast, to refer to a specific style of Lindy Hop still danced today. Especially along the east side…
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Bachata

A sexy, sensual Latin dance that is danced in most Latin dance clubs, on cruise ships with tropical locations and at tropical resorts in Latin America.  The character of this dance is achieved through the strongly grounded feeling, the close body contact, the sensual movement of the hips for the lady and sharp timing accents…
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