Tango is a timeless symbol for the dark side of romance. The music is
haunting and mysterious. With songs like "Jalousie" (Jealousy) and
"Ecstasie" (Ecstacy), Tango takes it place in legend as the dance of pride,
anger, and most of all, passion.
Stylish and very dramatic, Tango combines sleek, hip-locked, gliding steps with abrupt
stops into fans, flicks, flares, dips, and lunges. The eerie music, sultry motion, and the
haunting sense of dark moods barely under control make Tango a truly fascinating dance !
We offer Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced classes.
As opposed to American Tango which
is more structured and memorized, Argentine Tango is more creative and
With an emphasis on intricate
footwork including foot flicks, leg wraps, and swivels, Argentine Tango
is a wonderful dance !
People ask all the time what the
difference is between American and Argentine and International Tango.
Here is a wonderful quote :
"The forms of
tango are like stages of a marriage. The American Tango is like the
beginning of a love affair, when you’re both very romantic and on your
best behavior. The Argentine Tango is when you’re in the heat of
things and all kinds of emotions are flying: passion, anger, humor. The
International Tango is like the end of the marriage, when you’re
staying together for the sake of the children."
This quote which appeared in an
issue of the Smithsonian magazine with a cover article on Argentine
Tango, was contributed by Barbara Garvey.
When it comes to Tuxedos, Gowns, and Formals, Foxtrot is the dance of
choice. The high society cousin of our own Texas Two Step, Foxtrot and its companion
dance, Swing (Jitterbug), are the two most commonly used Ballroom dances.
Foxtrot is used mostly to Big Band classics like "New York, New York" and
"String of Pearls."
A form of Foxtrot is known as Boxfox uses strictly Slow-Quick-Quick
timing. Since it tricky to alternate between the traditional four
step Slow-Slow Quick-Quick (SSQQ) timing and the three step timing (SQQ),
some people find it easier just to stick to the Three Step. Known as
Boxfox, it became a very popular dance to use during the Swing 90s era to
Sinatra music. We teach Boxfox in Crash Courses and Slow Dance
Waltz is the legendary symbol of beauty and romance. It is said to be
the favorite dance of our fair sex.
Steeped in mythology from Cinderella at the Ball to Scarlett making eyes at Rhett,
Waltz is the dance of fairy tales. Forever present in our imagination with its swirling
turns,flying gowns, and elegant movement, any man who can lead a Waltz with style steps
right into the shoes of a certain Prince...
With songs like "Open Arms", "Greensleeves", and "Kiss from a
Rose", Waltz is frequently the dance of choice for couples at their wedding. Indeed,
one of the most famous Waltzes ever recorded is Anne Murray's "Could I Have This
Dance for the Rest of My Life".
However Waltz is a very disciplined dance. It is not easy to master quickly. If you
plan to dance a Waltz at your wedding, start early!
Our "Introduction to Ballroom
Dancing" class covers 4 famous Ballroom dances : Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot, and Slow
Dance, teaching one of the four dances each week for four weeks. The class is aimed at
Beginners who simply want to become more familiar with the various dances without having
to spend an entire month on just one type of dance.
Special occasions like the First Dance at Weddings, fancy New
Years Eve parties, or a torch song at a night club call for the lost art of Formal
From classic Foxtrot songs like Sinatras "The Way You Look Tonight" and
"New York, New York" to Natalie Coles Slow Dance standard
Unforgettable", there are moments when the ability to dance gracefully to romantic
music is mighty important.
Slow Dancing is much trickier than it looks. This course covers 4
different types of Slow Dances : the Walking Slow Dance, the Rhythm-Switch Slow Dance, the
Honky-Tonk Slow Dance, and the Foxtrot. All four systems have similar patterns, but
learning how to adjust these patterns to different speeds of romantic music is the tricky
part. Fortunately, a little practice goes a long way !
DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT
Dancing In the Moonlight covers
patterns that are identical in Foxtrot, Waltz
Foxtrot, Waltz, and Rumba are three dances that share extremely similar
footwork based on the boxstep. By grouping the three dances together, the
learning time can be cut dramatically. Sinatra music is synonymous with
Foxtrot such as "Witchcraft", "The Way You Look Tonight", and "New York, New
York". Waltz is Cinderella's legendary dance of romance. It is danced to
classics such as "You Look So Good In Love", "Could I Have This Dance?", "Greensleeves",
and "Auld Lang Syne". Less is known about the mysterious Rumba, the Latin
equivalent to Waltz. This graceful, sensual dance is perfect for Latin jazz,
slow salsas, and popluar music such as "Under the Boardwalk", "Yesterday",
and "It's Now or Never". This course is perfect in preparation for weddings,
jazz combos on a dinner date, and New Year's Eve. It is also a perfect class
to take for a cruise trip. The three dances work perfectly to the Atrium
bands playing ballroom classics.
As 90s Swing Music dominates, dancing calls for the knowledge of
more than just Swing when different types and speeds of music are played. This course
teaches Closed Position Swing (moves for when the floor is crowded), Cha-Cha (for Latin
music), Night Club Slow Dance
(a blend of Slow Dance and Latin), plus "BoxFox", a
special form of Foxtrot perfect for slower Swing music and small floors. Learn all four in
this unique four week class!
Note : This course is tailored specifically for music currently played in
Houstons Swing clubs. It assumes the floors will be crowded.
Swing is considered a Ballroom Dance, but has its own description page. Click Here