Dance Styles

Salsa Dance (On1 & On2)

  
Our goal is make both Salsa On1 and Salsa On2 classes available for beginners as well as the most advanced dancers. Both our, some of the best Salsa instructors in the area and internationally recognized guest instructors, are conspiring on a brand new performance team in training for later this year that will once again KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF! We have newcomers starting every week so don't be hesitant. However if you would feel more comfortable beginning with a private coaching session or two before jumping in, feel free to contact us. Book your appointments  HERE


or RSVP with names, email addresses and cell/text numbers of everyone attending to: dance@dancesportdupont.com

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Learn more about our current Salsa salsa classes and workshop

Salsa in Dupont

Brazilian Zouk

In cooperation with our partners at District Zouk’, the mission of this program is to offer regular opportunities to learn and dance Brazilian zouk, and to nurture and grow the Brazilian zouk community in DC. Ashley Kent and Valentine Luu co-founded District Zouk with Amy Abbott and Bianca Desroches, and they have been teaching weekly Brazilian zouk classes at DanceSport Dupont Circle since June 2014, as well as organizing workshops and other events. District Zouk's classes are technique-focused and accessible to those new to social dancing, those with a background in other dance styles, and those who have been learning and dancing this dance for awhile. District Zouk received an award at the New York Zouk Festival in October 2017 for their contributions to zouk in North America.

Ballroom & Latin

Beg and Intermed Social Ballroom, Latin/Rhythm & Swing


Join our multiple Top Teacher Award Winner Teachers, along with some visit instructors for Beg Social Ballroom, Latin/Rhythm & Swing classes at DanceSport Dupont. RSVP with names, email addresses and cell/text numbers of everyone attending to: Dance@Dancesportdupont.com 


Visit our temporary page at : http://www.pleasedancewithme.com/danceshistories.htm#foxtrot

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Argentine Tango

  

If you have never danced Tango before or any dance for that matter, no problem, we have newcomers who start every week and our instructor will have you feeling comfortable on the floor in no time. Of course, the more you practice between classes, the faster you'll retain the material and progress. For Argentine Tango for both Beg & Intermediate dancers, Visit our calendar for details. 


Background...
Argentine tango dancing consists of a variety of styles that developed in different regions and eras, and in response to the crowding of the venue and even the fashions in clothing. Even though the present forms developed in Argentina and Uruguay, they were also exposed to influences re-imported from Europe and North America. There are records of 18th and early 19th century tango styles in Cuba and Spain,[7] while there is a flamenco tangos dance that may share a common ancestor in a minuet-style European dance.[8] Consequently, there is a good deal of confusion and overlap between the styles as they are now danced - and fusions continue to evolve. 

Argentine tango is danced in an embrace that can vary from very open, in which leader and follower connect at arm’s length, to very closed, in which the connection is chest-to-chest, or anywhere in between. 

Tango dance is essentially walking with a partner and the music. Dancing appropriately to the emotion and speed of a tango is extremely important to dancing tango. A good dancer is one who transmits a feeling of the music to the partner, leading them effectively throughout the dance. Also, dancers generally keep their feet close to the floor as they walk, the ankles and knees brushing as one leg passes the other. 

Argentine tango dancing relies heavily on improvisation; although certain patterns of movement have been codified by instructors over the years as a device to instruct dancers, there is a "basic step" called "basico". One of the few constants across all Argentine tango dance styles is that the follower will usually be led to alternate feet. Another is that the follower rarely has his or her weight on both feet at the same time. In many modern variations of Argentine Tango, particularly in Europe, teachers of Tango may establish a "basic step" in order to help students to learn and pick up the "feel" of the dance. 

Argentine tango is danced counterclockwise around the outside of the dance floor (the "line of dance") and dance "traffic" often segregates into a number of "lanes"; cutting across the middle of the floor is frowned upon. In general, the middle of the floor is where one finds either beginners who lack floor navigation skills or people who are performing "showy" figures or patterns that take up more dance floor space. It is acceptable to stop briefly in the line of dance to perform stationary figures, as long as the other dancers are not unduly impeded. The school of thought about this is, if there is open space in front, there are likely people waiting behind. Dancers are expected to respect the other couples on the floor; colliding or even crowding another couple, or stepping on others' feet is to be avoided strenuously. It is considered rude; in addition to possible physical harm rendered, it can be disruptive to a couple's musicality. 

*Wikipedia

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