The Dances

Below are some of the dances you can learn at Storm Ballroom Dance Centre. During your lessons we will introduce you to each of these dances and we’re sure it won’t be long before you find a favorite!

Argentine Tango

Argentine Tango originated in the late 19th Century in Buenos Aires. It quickly grew in popularity and spread internationally. Argentine Tango enjoys a lot of improvisation and the dance adjusts to the emotion and speed of the music being played.

Cha Cha

Named after the sound made by the feet when doing this dance, the cha cha is an exciting syncopated latin dance. The cha cha rhythm is found in much of today’s popular music.


Disco has strong roots in Swing, Samba, Cha-Cha, Mambo, Merengue, Fox Trot and Tango. The most popular version, the Hustle (of “Saturday Night Fever” fame), is believed to have originated in New York in 1970. This free form style is still one of the most popular at all night clubs and socials.


Created in 1912 by Harry Fox, the Fox Trot was the first dance that permitted people to hold each other closer than arm’s length. Today it’s still the most popular of all social dances. Some people refer to the Fox Trot as a “Conversational Dance” because of its closeness and conversation ability at the same time. The Fox Trot is good for developing “smoothness” and “ease of movement”.


Introduced by band leader Anselmo Sacaras in 1944, the Mambo – a merger of Swing and Rumba – didn’t really catch on until the 1950s but it remains very popular today.


Considered too scandalous when it was introduced to the United States in 1941, the Merengue went into eclipse until 1957 when Xavier Cugat resurrected it. Its point of origin is uncertain; both Haiti and the Dominican Republic claim it and it contains elements of both cultures. It’s fun and exciting.


The Rumba is an ever increasingly popular romantic Latin dance dating back some 400 years ago. The Rumba features a subtle hip motion and Latin styling. Rumba hip movements are used in most of the popular Latin dances as well as the free-style of disco and nightclub dancing.


A peppery version of the Mambo laced with steps from other Latin dances. The Salsa is performed to a fiery, faster tempo. It’s high-energy and all fun.


A street Festival dance that originated in Brazil, the Samba was introduced to the United States in the late 1920′s in a Broadway play called “Street Carnival.”


First known as the Lindy (in honor of Charles Lindberg and his historic hop across the Atlantic), this perennially popular dance emerged in the late 1920s. During the war years it re-emerged on the East Coast as the Jitterbug-jive and on the West Coast as Swing.


Rudolph Valentino single-handedly danced this Latin import into nationwide popularity beginning in 1910. The Tango with all its staccato movements, greatly improves a man’s lead or a woman’s ability to follow (respond) and develops a strong sense of feeling for music.


This “mother of all dances” originated in Italy in the 1600′s as a round dance called the Volte. It arrived in America in the early 1800s and was the first social dance in which a woman was actually held in a man’s arms. The Waltz develops graceful movement and poise.

West Coast Swing

West Coast Swing is characterized by an elastic look, resulting from the compression-extension of the partners.  It is danced primarily in a slotted area of the dance floor and is a lead-and-follow dance, allowing both the leader and follower to improvise throughout the dance.