Latin and Ballroom Dance Classes in Bristol
Ballroom and Latin dancing is the form of dancing that has dominated in the UK and Europe since the middle of the 20th century. There was a time when people had to make their own fun, rather than having a choice of broadcast and online entertainment.
Ballroom and Latin styles were danced in halls around the country. It was where young adults went to find their sweethearts. Everyone could do a little bit of waltz and cha cha, it was a basic social skill.
Times have changed and learning ballroom dancing may not be as common it is still very current and popular. Come Dancing ran on the BBC for nearly fifty years and was replaced by one of the Beep’s most successful shows ever, Strictly Come Dancing.
Slow Waltz (Ballroom)
We teach the waltz basic step during the first few weeks of the beginner class. Nothing as fancy as you see in the video here but we all have to start somewhere.
Cha Cha Cha (Latin)
You will get to try this dance as we start our beginners class with the cha cha cha. It is easy to get started with this and you will quickly see why people love dancing.
There are two sorts of dance called foxtrot. They share many characteristics (including the music) but the “Slow foxtrot” requires more experience so we start teaching that after a few terms and stick to the simpler “Rhythm Foxtrot” for our beginners.
Don’t worry Craig wont be watching you. Lots of people like the rumba because it is slow and gives them more time to remember the steps!
This video is actually showing some advanced steps. We’ll start you on the basics which are easier and we keep the mix of rhythms simpler than they do on Strictly.
Tango is a slightly more advanced dance so we don’t teach it until dancers have done a few terms with us. They will then have many of the necessary skills to do this dance.
Viennese Waltz (Ballroom)
Because of the speed of this dance we wait until students have enough experience before starting to teach it.