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Dance Styles


A fun and easy dance to learn, the Foxtrot can be danced to a wide variety of music. Foxtrot can be danced to big band, swing, or 50s rock and roll. The Foxtrot is great for beginners and can be danced on crowded dance floors at parties and weddings.

Upbeat, exuberant, and dynamic, the Quickstep is an excellent style for dancers of intermediate skill level, or for those who have mastered basic slow-tempo dances. The goal of the Quickstep is for dancers to maintain a graceful form with quick and precise movements, while maintaining an effortless and elegant demeanor.

This steamy and sultry dance has been enthralling audiences since its introduction. American style Tango uses larger movements to highlight an exuberant expression of passion.

Viennese Waltz
Spirited and lively, the Viennese Waltz will have dancers turning and twirling around the dance floor twice as fast as the more subdued standard Waltzes. Intermediate and advanced dancers looking for a challenge will enjoy this aristocratic and athletic dance.

If you are going to learn one ballroom dance, this is the one. Waltz is one of the world’s most loved and well-known ballroom dances. With a range of patterns, this dance offers something special for dancers of all ability levels. American Waltz is more free-flowing, allowing dancers more improvisation and expression.


Cha Cha
This Cuban dance is an offshoot of Mambo and was first popularized in the mid-1950’s. Energetic, stylish, and cheeky, the cha-cha is a perfect partner dance for everyone. Dancers of all levels can have a great time learning the basics or mastering the fine points.

With its easy pace and fluid, seductive movements, Rumba is an attractive style for dancers of all abilities. The slowest of the competition Latin and American dances, Rumba is distinguished by its romantic feel and continuous flowing movement, exemplified by a sensuous swaying of the hips.

Samba is a fun and lively dance of Brazilian origin, with its roots deep in Africa. A fun solo or partner dance, Samba is free-flowing, energetic, and upbeat. Samba involves some fast and fancy footwork, and a bouncing action through the bending and straightening of the knees. Samba can be danced competitively, but is also a fun and relatively straightforward style for beginning dancers to pick up.


East Coast Swing
Developed in the 1940s, the vivacious East Coast Swing is based upon the Lindy Hop. The East Coast Swing is the perfect beginner’s Swing dance, and will establish the basic swing tempo and movements. The East Coast Swing is suited to dancers of all ages and skill levels. This high-spirited dance will have you skipping, rocking, and twisting the night away on the dance floor.

West Coast Swing
This is a sexy and smooth swing style that can be danced to R&B, Blues, top-40 and Contemporary Hip-Hop music sounds, disco and even country music. Slick, sexy, and smooth, this partner dance will have you twisting away on the dance floor. The fun of West Coast Swing is improvising and freely moving to the flow of the music. Beginners can easily master its basic steps, while advanced dancers will be enthralled with creating clever tricks and new moves.


Salsa is one of the world’s most famous dances. A spicy blend of Cuban and African influences, Salsa is a fantastic style for dancers just starting out, and challenging enough to keep even pros coming back for more. Advanced dancers will delight in the flourish and excitement of improvisation, while beginners will be pulling off thrilling spins and dips at the nightclub in no time. Everyone can get wrapped up in the sensation that Salsa moves create on the dance floor.

According to an old saying, if you can walk, you can dance Merengue. That may be true, but walking won’t get your hips moving like this. The beat of the music is steady, upbeat, and easy to follow, and its enchanting pulse will have you sashaying your way across the floor all night. Merengue is easy to learn, and its steps are perfect for beginners or intermediate dancers.

The Hustle is a catchall name for several disco dances which were extremely popular in the 1970s. Today it mostly refers to a unique partner dance done in ballrooms and nightclubs. It has some features in common with swing dance. It's basic steps are somewhat similar to the Discofox, which emerged at about the same time and is more familiar in various European countries.


Argentine Tango
The original version of the Tango, the intense and magnetic Argentine Tango boasts a dramatic flair. Its emphasis rests on the embrace, which can range from open to closed at the chest, and is typical of the more traditional style. Feet are usually kept close to the floor as the dancers seemingly glide to the music. This dance form will ignite your passion for dance.


Cajun/Zydeco as a dance style has its roots in a form of folk dance that corresponds to the heavily syncopated cajun/zydeco music, originated in the beginning of the 20th century among the French Creole peoples of Acadiana (south-west Louisiana). It is a partner dance that has been primarily danced socially and sometimes in performances


Country & Western Waltz
A beautiful, graceful, and elegant dance, the Country Western Waltz differs in one major aspect from other ballroom style waltzes. The C/W Waltz travels continuously AROUND the dance floor in the "line of dance",whereas in ballroom styles the dance is done in more of a box pattern around the dance floor.

Night Club Two-Step
The dance position for Nightclub Two Step is with a more relaxed hold than typical ballroom dances. This dance was initially developed by Buddy Schwimmer in the mid-1960s. The dance is also known as "Two Step" and was "one of the most popular forms of contemporary social dance" as a Disco Couples Dance in 1978.

Three Step
Country Western Three Step is also called Triple two-step and Double Two Step. Like the polka and like the standard two step, the triple two-step progresses around the perimeter of the dance floor in a counterclockwise fashion.

Two Step
The country/western two-step, often called the "Texas two-step" or simply the "two-step," is a country/western dance usually danced to country music in 4/4 time. It is a progressive dance that proceeds counterclockwise around the floor.

Polka is a popular dance in the country and western sector. Polka is a competitive Country and Western dance. Polka is defined as a vivacious couple dance of Bohemian origin.

Triple Two
Triple Two is a beautiful, smooth progressive dance with looped and laced patterns performed with curved sway and shaping actions. All We Ever Find by Tim McGraw, Everbody by Keith Urban, and White Horse by Taylor Swift are all examples of Triple Two Music.


Hip Hop
Hip-Hop is fun, popular, and energetic street dance. This is an adult class that will introduce the basics of hip hop. Learning about keeping rhythm, hitting beats, strengthening arms, and most of all working on performance skills. No dance experience is necessary. All levels are welcome.

Turns Technique
This class is perfect for every level of dancer who wants to improve their technique in body alignment, spotting, chaine turns, pivot turns, pirouettes turns, pencil turns, and more.

Line Dance
A line dance is choreographed dance with a repeated sequence of steps in which a group of people dance in one or more lines or rows without regard for the gender of the individuals, all facing the same direction, and executing the steps at the same time. Line dancers are not in physical contact with each other. SandysDance Center offers Absolute Beginner, Beginner, and Intermediate Line Dancing.


A Latin dance based aerobic class. It combines a mix of fun, energetic Latin dance combinations that are easy to follow and guaranteed to make you sweat! No dance experience is necessary. All levels are welcome.

Pilates for Dancers
With the dancer in mind, this class focuses on body-conditioning technique designed to stretch, strengthen and balance the body. Pilates targets the deep postural muscles within the body through a series of exercises aimed at building muscle strength and rebalancing the body. Excellent for improving posture, strength and flexibility and aligning the body correctly, pilates also teaches coordination, concentration and control of the body.

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