Partner Dancing Is Our Specialty
Cinema Ballroom teaches all styles of partner dancing for both social dancers and competitive dancers. Following is an explanation of the different styles and dances we teach.
INTERNATIONAL STANDARD VS. AMERICAN SMOOTH
Often referred to as “ballroom” dances, as opposed to the “Latin” dances. Standard and Smooth share many dance steps (“figures”) and basic movement principles. In Standard, the dancers remain in closed (leader’s front connected to follower’s front) position throughout each dance. In Smooth, they dance both in closed and in various open (side by side, front to front with space in between etc…) positions. Standard is taught and competed worldwide, while Smooth is unique to the U.S. and Canada. Smooth is gaining popularity all over the world and professionals in Australia and Russia are now dancing this beautiful style of ballroom dance. American smooth is the style danced in classic ballroom dance movies as well as in ballrooms all over the United States.
INTERNATIONAL LATIN VS. AMERICAN RHYTHM
Although both are Latin American styles, Latin and Rhythm have only two dances in common: Cha Cha and Rumba. In general, the two styles differ in the type of leg movement and the musical tempos used. Latin is taught and competed worldwide, while Rhythm is unique to the U.S. and Canada.
An umbrella term encompassing a myriad of mid to up-tempo Afro-Cuban and Latin rhythms and styles including: chachacha, mambo, son, cumbia, guajira, guaracha, song etc…
Our certified professional ballroom dance instructors would love to teach these dances to you!