The Cha Cha is a lively, flirtatious ballroom dance full of passion and energy. The classic “Cuban motion” gives the Cha Cha its unique style. Partners work together to synchronize each movement in perfect alignment.
The Foxtrot is a ballroom dance that is lots of fun and simple to learn…an excellent dance for beginners. The Foxtrot is a smooth dance in which dancers make long, flowing movements across the floor.
The Paso Doble is one of the liveliest ballroom dances, originating in southern France. It is modeled after the sound, drama, and movement of the Spanish bullfight.
Jive is a ballroom dance style that originated in the United States from African-Americans. It is a lively form of Swing dance, and a variation of the Jitterbug.
The Mambo is one of the most sensual and emotional Latin American ballroom dances. Swaying hip movements, facial expressions, arm movements and holds all add to the sensuality of the dance.
The Quickstep is a quick version of the Foxtrot. It is a ballroom dance comprised of extremely quick stepping, syncopated feet rhythms, and runs of quick steps. The Quickstep is exciting to watch, but among the most difficult of all the ballroom dances.
The Rumba is considered by many to be the most romantic and sensual of all Latin ballroom dances. It is often referred to as the “Grandfather of the Latin dances.”
Possibly the most popular of all Brazilian ballroom dances, the Samba is popular with young people as well as older generations. The Samba can be performed solo or with a partner.
The Tango is one of the most fascinating of all ballroom dances. This sensual ballroom dance originated in South America in the early twentieth century.
The Viennese Waltz is a quick rotating ballroom dance with a subtle rise and fall. It is considered by most to be one of the most difficult dances to learn. The simple and elegant rotational movement characterizes the Viennese Waltz.
The Waltz is one of the smoothest ballroom dances. It is a progressive dance marked by long, flowing movements, continuous turns, and “rise and fall.” The dance is so graceful and elegant, Waltz dancers appear to glide around the floor with almost no effort.
Salsa is a syncretic dance form with origins from Cuba and Puerto Rico as a major original American meeting point of Spanish (European) and African cultures.
“Swing dance” is a group of dance that developed concurrently with the swing style of jazz music in the 1920s, ’30s ’40s and ’50s, although the earliest of these dance forms predate swing jazz music.
The Hustle is a catchall name for several disco dances which were extremely popular in the 1970s. Today it mostly refers to the unique partner dance done in ballrooms and nightclubs to disco music.
Hip-hop dance refers to dance styles primarily danced to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. This includes a wide range of styles notably breaking, locking, and popping which were developed in the 1970s by Black and Latino Americans. What separates hip-hop dance from other forms of dance is that it is often freestyle (improvisational) in nature and hip-hop dancers frequently engage in battles—formal or informal freestyle dance competitions.
Break Dancing is a popular style of street dance that was created and developed as part of hip-hop culture among African Americans and, later, among Latino youths in New York City.
Burlesque/Stiletto a new dance/fitness class recently launched in New York, Los Angeles and Miami and has taken the country by storm! Offered by Dance Asylum and under the instruction of Kia Sisowath, the class focuses on strengthening the legs and calves as well as on balance and posture. It is billed as a way for women to channel their inner sexy and boost their self confidence. Kia Sisowath is the Founder of VIXEN BY KIANA BURLESQUE, a company of dancers that use their unique dance talents fused with sexy ladies performing in front of audiences all over Southern California in some of the hottest nightclubs!
Belly dance is primarily a torso-driven dance, with an emphasis on articulations of the hips. Unlike many Western dance forms, the focus of the dance is on relaxed, natural isolation of the torso muscles, rather than on movements of the limbs through space. Here at Dance Asylum we offer, Belly Dance Fusion, which combines traditional Egyptian Belly Dancing with modern music.
Belly Dancing is a great workout and you will find out right away how fun and easy it is when you dance to the music you love. Wear comfortable workout clothes, you can dance barefoot or in socks. Hip scarves are available to borrow during class (or for purchase if you want to practice at home).