Dances We Teach

At Revolution Ballroom, we’re here inspire, encourage, & empower you to achieve your goals and to reach your full potential through dance.

We offer a range of classes for you to enjoy. Group classes are welcoming and positive, with a vibrant atmosphere and a focus on having a great time!

View our dance styles below, and sign up for group classes and/or private lessons. Discounts are available for new students.

Ballroom Dance Classes in Beaufort

Class Information

Waltz

Waltz is one of the oldest of the ballroom dances. The name originates from the German word “Waltzen”, meaning to revolve.  This dance evolved from a German/Austrian peasant dance called the “Landler” which was popular in the 1700’s. Because Waltz was the first dance to feature a close hold between partners, it was considered immoral and scandalous in the Victorian era.  Today, we think of Waltz as elegant, graceful, and romantic.  Waltz is characterized by rise and fall, sway, and a smooth, gliding look.

East Coast Swing

East Coast Swing evolved from the original swing dance, the Lindy Hop, which was created in the 1920’s at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem.  East Coast Swing was developed in the 1940’s by dance schools as an easier alternative to the high flying, athletic Lindy Hop.  East Coast Swing is a fun, upbeat dance and is danced all over America. East Coast Swing is characterized by its bounce, rock step, and swing hip action.

Tango

Tango was born in Argentina in the late 1800’s.  The passion of Tango, was initially shunned by upper class society but was soon a hit in Paris, London, and New York.  In the US, Tango was wildly popular before WWI and was standardized as a ballroom dance in the 1920s.  American-style Tango which has a stealthy, cat-like feel with an emphasis on sharp, powerful movements.

Rumba

Rumba is a broad term and refers to multiple music and dance forms.  It evolved mostly in Cuba in the 16th century.  Although some types of rumba are more lively, Ballroom Rumba evolved from Son, one of the slower dances.  Rumba arrived in America in the 1920’s and was standardized as a ballroom dance in the 1950’s.
Often called the dance of love, Rumba is a slow and sensual latin dance characterized by its “Cuban Motion” (aka hip action).  Rumba is also a very useful social dance as it may be danced to many popular “slow dance” songs. 

Foxtrot

The story of Foxtrot begins in 1914 when a young dancer named Harry Fox did his version of then-popular “trotting” on the stage of the Ziegfield Follies.  Fox’s Trot became all the rage in New York, and when the dance traveled to England, the jumps and jerks were refined and the Foxtrot became a more smooth and elegant dance.  Today’s Foxtrot is an American classic.  It has a natural, easy-going charm which blends his Jazz age past to the timeless music of artists like Frank Sinatra & Michael Bublé.

Cha Cha

Cha Cha evolved from a version of Cuban Mambo, when dancers added steps between the forward and back breaks.  Legend holds that Cha Cha got its name from the sound of woman’s shoes shuffling across the floor.  Cha Cha was introduced to the U.S. in the 1950’s and remains popular today.  A fun and lively dance, Cha Cha has flashy steps and a flirtatious character.

Salsa

Salsa is a fast and spicy Latin dance featuring exciting spins and turns.  Salsa dancing was developed in New York during the 1970’s and evolved from Mambo, Hustle, and ballroom dances.  Unlike Mambo which is danced “on 2”; Salsa may be danced “on 1” or “on 2” (on the first or second beat of the measure).  There are many variations and styles of salsa danced throughout the US and world including:  LA style (on 1), New York style (on 2), Cuban style, Cali style, and Puerto Rican style.  In this class we will dance salsa “on 1”, the most popular way to dance world wide.

Bachata

Bachata developed in the Dominican Republic in the 1960’s.  At first, the upper echelon of Dominican society shunned Bachata music which were songs of heartbreak featuring Spanish guitar and maracas.  During the 1990’s the music began to modernize, gaining influence from Hip Hop, R&B, pop, & techno genres. Today, Bachata is one of the most popular styles of Latin music.  We teach sensual Bachata, which focuses on body rolls and connection as opposed to Dominician style, which focuses on footwork patterns.

Argentine Tango

Tango was born in Argentina in the late 1800’s.  The passion of Tango, was initially shunned by upper class society but was soon a hit in Paris, London, and New York. Argentine Tango is passionate, intense, and dramatic.  There are many styles of Argentine Tango including the traditional milonguero (close embrace) and the more social (open embrace) along with stage tango. It is said that “Tango is a feeling that is danced” and we invite you to explore the beauty and artistry of Argentine Tango.

Belly Dance

Belly Dancing is a folk dance from the Middle East that has become stylized over the centuries. Belly Dancers use every part of her body – perhaps the hips most of all. This dance is characterized by precise and isolated movemnts while keeping the rest of the body still and under control. Belly Dancing is known for it’s fluid, graceful, and feminine movements. Colorful costumes add to the mystique. Some dancers choose to expose their midriff while performing, but this is completely optional, and women of all shapes and sizes can learn to be exquisite dancers. An interesting note is that this dance, believe it or not, is traditionally performed most often for other women, and is a fun female bonding experience.

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