Dances we teach at QuickSteps

Find out levels of difficulty, pro tips and interesting facts

Salsa

Couple dancing salsa
  • Difficulty

    3/5

  • Pro tip

    Start dancing to slow salsa first such as hip hop or reggae songs and once you're comfortable start speeding up.

  • Facts

    Some believe the name salsa came around because salsa dancing is a mixture of different styles, just like salsa sauce.

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Tango

Couple dancing salsa
  • Difficulty

    2/5

  • Pro tip

    Learn ballroom tango before Argentine tango which is on the higher difficulty scale.

  • Facts

    While we can benefit from all types of dances, it was proven that Argentine tango in particular makes people feel more relaxed, sexier and less depressed.

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Swing

Couple dancing salsa
  • Difficulty

    4/5

  • Pro tip

    Learn Rock N Roll first. Once you are comfortable with Rock N Roll and can dance it on auto pilot then you are ready to dive into swing!

  • Facts

    It was created as an easy alternative to other dances in 1940s to get more people dancing at the parties.

Samba

Couple dancing salsa
  • Difficulty

    5/5

  • Pro tip

    Learn Waltz and Rumba to a high level and use things like salsa and rock n roll to get your fitness level up first

  • Facts

    Although it is a Latin dance, it is very closely related to the modern waltz and sometimes it is even referred to as the Latin waltz.

Merengue

Couple dancing salsa
  • Difficulty

    1/5

  • Pro tip

    Easy, fun, vibrant- dive right in! Keep your feet close to the grouns for styling and to increase hip movement

  • Facts

    Controversally, some claim the dance originated from the slaves dragging one leg while walking chained one to another.

Quickstep

Couple dancing salsa
  • Difficulty

    3/5

  • Pro tip

    To make learning it easier, you can preface it with Foxtrot.

  • Facts

    Developed in the 20s in New York it was dances mostly by Caribbean and African dancers.

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Foxtrot

Couple dancing salsa
  • Difficulty

    2/5

  • Pro tip

    Make your life easier by learning foxtrot before quickstep.

  • Facts

    Although it had big rivals in the 40s - Tango, Waltz, Swing - it never lost popularity and it was the most famous fast dance.

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Bachata

Couple dancing salsa
  • Difficulty

    1/5

  • Pro tip

    Spend time getting the basics right so your bachata has the right flavour

  • Facts

    A lot of Western dancers copied moves from other dances and then dancing them in bachata timing resulting in new styles like Bachatango.

Viennese Waltz

Couple dancing salsa
  • Difficulty

    5/5

  • Pro tip

    Make it easier to learn by mastering waltz first.

  • Facts

    Born in the 18th century it is the oldest ballroom dance and original form of todays Waltz. At the beginning it was controversial due to its close body contact.

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Rock 'n Roll

Couple dancing salsa
  • Difficulty

    1/5

  • Pro tip

    Start with slow, easy rock n roll songs whilst you are developing your muscle memory, once the steps feel easy you can start to speed it up!

  • Facts

    It was developed in the same period as Swing, but as a dance for a new type of music that was getting really popular - Rock 'n Roll.

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Hustle

Couple dancing salsa
  • Difficulty

    4/5

  • Pro tip

    The timing here can be a bit tricky so make sure you are well versed in dances such as rock n roll, swing and salsa before tackling Hustle

  • Facts

    Originally a disco dance, hustle gained so much popularity that it became an international dance crazy in 1975.

Rumba

Couple dancing salsa
  • Difficulty

    1/5

  • Pro tip

    Most teachers will start with rumba as it is versatile and easy to pick up. Bend and straighten your knees to create the perfect rumba hip movement.

  • Facts

    In the 19th century, the word rumba was a synonym for party in Cuba. This also has a referance today because it suits so many different types of music.

Cha Cha

Couple dancing salsa
  • Difficulty

    4/5

  • Pro tip

    Once you can dance rumba and salsa well ask your teacher to try cha cha. Take your time and be patient, it will come.

  • Facts

    The dance was born in Havana when a composer América introduced his new songs with an unusual rhythm forcing the dancers to improvised a triple-step producing the sound cha-cha-cha.

Waltz

Couple dancing salsa
  • Difficulty

    1/5

  • Pro tip

    Master waltz to make learning Viennese waltz easier.

  • Facts

    The King of Dances! Also know as English and Slow Walzt. Despite slow music tempo, the faster pace of its advanced figures results in dynamic dancing.

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