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Latin Dances

Rumba is a good dance for beginning dancers. Rumba is considered the sexiest of the Latin dances. Like the tango, the couples dance very closely and use a lot of body language to express emotion between them. Beginning dancers can experience the closeness of partner dancing while advanced rumba dancers can master the art of body language. The rumba originated from Afro-Cuban folk rhythms and became popular in the 1930's. It was imported from Cuba by Arthur Murray, who hired Cuban dancers to train his instructors. A variation called the Bolero is much slower and more dramatic. The steps are reminiscent of the waltz, but danced slowly and sensuously in a Latin rhythm. Danced in 4/4 time, the basic step is quick-quick-slow, quick-quick-slow.

Cha Cha is an exciting, syncopated Latin dance that originated in the 1950's at the Palladium, New York City by area dance instructors who danced the triple Mambo. The beat is very slow and the dance gets its name and character from its distinct triple repetitive foot rhythm. Considered a flirty dance, it is a favorite among many dancers to this day.

Samba is a Brazilian dance with Mardi Gras flavor. This dance incorporates the jumping actions of African dance tempered with the more sensual movements of ballroom dance to create the festive style that exists today.
Salsa is similar to mambo in that both have a pattern of six steps danced over eight counts of music. The dances share many of the same moves. In salsa, turns have become an important feature, so the overall look and feel are quite different form those of mambo.

Mambo was developed in Cuba from the influx of American influence into the rumba. American GI's danced swing moves to rumba music that was sped up, and the Cubans said they "danced like mambos." A mambo is a voodoo priestess. The mambo is the predecessor of cha cha, and many of the same steps in the latter dance can be done to the mambo rhythm. Considered a little more difficult than cha cha, mambo's timing somtimes confuses the beginner. However, once learned, the mambo is a favorite of the dance enthusiast. This dance is many times confused with the salsa, which is indistinguishable with regard to steps.

Upcoming Special Events

14th Year Anniversary Party
Come celebrate Atlanta Dance's 14th Anniversary at our Anniversary Party on Saturday, April 26th starting at 7:30 pm.  Vonnie Marie will be the DJ for an evening of great music,  and all of the Atlanta Dance Instructors will be hosting the event.  VIP's will be our honored guests at the Party.

Cinco de Mayo Party -- Saturday, May 3
7:30pm Beginner Waltz/Swing Lesson
8:30-11 pm, BYOB
BONUS: Latin lesson during the party!
Hosts: ??
DJ Michael Cox
This party will be catered by La Carreta Mexican Restaurant so please call ahead and let us know if you are coming so we may get a "head count" for them.

Sunday Social
Cindy has cancelled the April 27th Sunday Social.  Join us on Sunday, May 18, for Cindy Johnson's Sunday Social. Cindy will be teaching a Country Waltz Class from 5:00 to 5:30 pm. Dancing is from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Cost is $10 (CASH ONLY).

Yoga at Atlanta Dance
Yoga classes every Monday and Wednesday at 11am. FREE CLASS -- your first Yoga class is free. See more details.

Pre-Pay Option for Parties
Admission to Atlanta Dance parties is $15 cash only. You can save money by purchasing a ten-party punch card for $130.

April 2014 Calendar of Group Classes and Events

May 2014 Calendar of Group Classes and Events

Attention walk-ins for group classes starting the first week of a month, please call the studio to make sure the group class has not been cancelled for the month.

Photos from our Parties

Dance Party July 5

DSC06129We had over 100 people at our spectacular Friday night party. It was a kickoff honoring our wounded warriors. Atlanta Dance is donating 10% of all July party proceeds to the Independence Fund. See more pictures here.

Dance Party July 13

Atlanta Dance party July13See more pictures from our Champagne Guest Party on July 13.