Why Empire Ballroom Studios

Why Empire Ballroom Studios

  • International Experience
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Progressive teaching techniques, experienced instructors, and innovative dance studios will help you dance with passion, romance, and artistry while you stay in shape and have fun! We believe that dance is about discovering new ways to express yourself in an exhilarating, active, and healthy way. We stand by our community and support various causes.

We are experts in teaching brand new students, giving them confidence, a sense of rhythm, and a LOVE for dance!
Couples and single students are always welcome!
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Dances you can learn in American Style:

Music: Danced in 3/4 timing, the music has recurring even beats. However there is a pronounced accent that occurs on the first beat of each measure. The basic count for Waltz is 1, 2, 3.
Characteristics: Progressing in a counter-clockwise direction, this dance uses a strong rise and fall action as well as sway and shaping.
Music: Danced in 3/4 timing, the music has recurring even beats. However, there is a pronounced accent that occurs on the first beat of each measure. The basic count for Viennese Waltz is 1,2,3.
Characteristics: This dance progresses in a counter-clockwise direction and is continually revolving. Because of the speed and rotation involved, there is much less rise and fall than the Slow Waltz, but a greater use of sway is need to control the turns.
Music: Danced in 4/4 timing, the music has 4 strong, recurring, even beats. There is an accent on the first beat of each bar. The music is played staccato style and imparts a sense of strength and drama to the dancers.
Characteristics: The hold is very different from the other dances, with the lady’s left arm under the man’s right, which creates a firmer, more compact hold for a quick reaction from the lady. There is no rise and fall in this dance and weight is transferred from foot to foot with a fast, staccato action, progressing around the floor in a counter-clockwise direction. Closed dance position is generally maintained at the initial level but becomes more open as the dancer progresses. This dance should not be confused with the Argentine Tango.
Music: Danced in 2/4 timing, the music has 2 strong, recurring, even beats.
Characteristics: This is a progressive dance, traveling around the floor in a counter-clockwise direction. A variety of rhythms are used, some with a slight "bounce" action and others with a flatter hip action or "tic".
Music: Danced in 4/4 timing, the music has 4 even beats with the accent on the first beat of the bar. Slow sensual melodies are used, often with vocals.
Characteristics: Using "Cuban Motion", this dance should display a sensuous movement of the hips and a sense of flirtation between the man and lady. The various rhythms and body expressions make this a very popular dance to watch and to participate in.
Music: Danced in 2/4 timing the music has two clear even beats to the bar that are played in a marching rhythm. However, different styles allow for a various number of beats within each part of the bar.
Characteristics: This dance is fun and is probably the easiest dance to learn. Its basic movement is made up of simple side steps that progress in a counter-clockwise direction around the floor. It can be danced with a strong cuban motion, and in fact, can be a good beginning for students that are being introduced to this style of hip motion. Various turning movements and changes of rhythms can be used, but the Merengue continues to "March" around the floor.
Music: Danced in 4/4 timing the music has 4 even beats to the bar. Sometimes described as a fast Rumba, the emphasis will often be on the 2 and 4 beats. The combination of Swing/Jazz and Latin music has however made this music quite distinct.
Characteristics: Although native Cubans or untrained dancers may break on any beat of music, the formal version danced in the ballrooms breaks on the 2 count. The Mambo is a spot dance that is spicy and exciting. A variety of moves that include turns, breaks, swivels and spins are used.
Music: Danced in 4/4 timing, the music has 4 recurring, even beats. There is an accent on the first beat of each bar. The music is smooth, non-jerky and suggests a smooth movement and transfer of weight across the floor.
Characteristics: In its present form, the Foxtrot should be performed with smooth, continuous undulating movement. The rise and fall should not be as pronounced as the Waltz but still be apparent. Even though there is a progression from Social Foxtrot that is commonly danced at a faster pace, to a more continuous Foxtrot danced at a slower pace, there should always be a sense of a smooth, continuous movement around the floor.
Music: Danced in 4/4 timing, the music has 4 even beats with the accent on the first beat of the bar. Often the music also has an additional half beat between the fourth and first beat.
Characteristics: The Cha Cha is a non-progressive, lively, fun dance, which uses a "ball flat" foot action and keeps the body over the feet. The legs and hips are used to produce a strong rhythmical movement that compliments the music. This dance has closed position as well as single handhold and double handhold movements. Often at an advanced level, the couple may be in apart or solo position. Because of this dance’s easy adoption to modern music, the Cha Cha is probably the most popular of the Latin dances.
Music: Danced in 4/4 timing, the Bolero has 4 even beats to the bar with accent on the first beat. Slow sensuous love songs in Spanish are often used and are very popular.
Characteristics: A slight rise and fall together with a smooth sophisticated movement and a romantic communication between the partners makes this the ideal dance of love. Turns, breaks and wrapping type movements, together with changes of rhythm and a sense of playfulness towards each other, tell the story of this dance.
An ever popular blend of several African American dances, which include Lindy and Ragtime Jazz and Blues, as well as all the other dance music to accompanying dances of the past ninety years.
Today it generally refers to the ballroom and night club version which is based on two slow and two quick counts or the slow and two quick counts of rhythm dances.

Dances you can learn in International Style:

Music: Danced in 3/4 timing, the music has recurring even beats. However there is a pronounced accent that occurs on the first beat of each measure. The basic count for Waltz is 1, 2, 3.
Characteristics: Progressing in a counter-clockwise direction, this dance uses a strong rise and fall action as well as sway and shaping.
Music: Danced in 3/4 timing, the music has recurring even beats. However, there is a pronounced accent that occurs on the first beat of each measure. The basic count for Viennese Waltz is 1,2,3.
Characteristics: This dance progresses in a counter-clockwise direction and is continually revolving. Because of the speed and rotation involved, there is much less rise and fall than the Slow Waltz, but a greater use of sway is need to control the turns.
Music: Danced in 4/4 timing, the music has 4 strong, recurring, even beats. There is an accent on the first beat of each bar. The music is played staccato style and imparts a sense of strength and drama to the dancers.
Characteristics: The hold is very different from the other dances, with the lady’s left arm under the man’s right, which creates a firmer, more compact hold for a quick reaction from the lady. There is no rise and fall in this dance and weight is transferred from foot to foot with a fast, staccato action, progressing around the floor in a counter-clockwise direction. Closed dance position is generally maintained at the initial level but becomes more open as the dancer progresses. This dance should not be confused with the Argentine Tango.
Music: Danced in 2/4 timing, the music has 2 strong, recurring, even beats.
Characteristics: This is a progressive dance, traveling around the floor in a counter-clockwise direction. A variety of rhythms are used, some with a slight "bounce" action and others with a flatter hip action or "tic".
Music: Danced in 4/4 timing, the music has 4 even beats with the accent on the first beat of the bar. Slow sensual melodies are used, often with vocals.
Characteristics: Using "Cuban Motion", this dance should display a sensuous movement of the hips and a sense of flirtation between the man and lady. The various rhythms and body expressions make this a very popular dance to watch and to participate in.
The Spanish March or One Step. It makes an especially good exhibition routine when the man styles his body movements to look like a bullfighter and leads his partner in and out of the patterns as if she were a cape. It is usually in 2/4 time.
International competitive Swing dance with elements of the Lindy Hop and Jitterbug. Characterized by uptempo single time music danced with triple steps done primarily on the toes with very lively movement.
Music: Danced in 4/4 timing, the music has 4 recurring, even beats. There is an accent on the first beat of each bar. The music is smooth, non-jerky and suggests a smooth movement and transfer of weight across the floor.
Characteristics: In its present form, the Foxtrot should be performed with smooth, continuous undulating movement. The rise and fall should not be as pronounced as the Waltz but still be apparent. Even though there is a progression from Social Foxtrot that is commonly danced at a faster pace, to a more continuous Foxtrot danced at a slower pace, there should always be a sense of a smooth, continuous movement around the floor.
Music: Danced in 4/4 timing, the music has 4 even beats with the accent on the first beat of the bar. Often the music also has an additional half beat between the fourth and first beat.
Characteristics: The Cha Cha is a non-progressive, lively, fun dance, which uses a "ball flat" foot action and keeps the body over the feet. The legs and hips are used to produce a strong rhythmical movement that compliments the music. This dance has closed position as well as single handhold and double handhold movements. Often at an advanced level, the couple may be in apart or solo position. Because of this dance’s easy adoption to modern music, the Cha Cha is probably the most popular of the Latin dances.
The English version of the Fast Fox Trot, which has quick hopping steps set in with the smoother gliding figures. It is very popular in Europe as a competition dance. It ranks among the "Big Five", the other three being the Slow Fox Trot, the Waltz, the Tango and the Viennese Waltz.

Other popular dances you can learn:

Originated in the West Indies where it was danced only by the lowest classes. The name is from the African Tanganya. The dance found its way into Argentina and then to France and finally into the United States in a modified form about 1914. Latin American ballroom Tango is danced in 4/4 time.
The Two-Step is a simple dance, more or less double quick march with a skip in each step done as rapidly as a couple can go.
This is a favored name for a type of Latin music which, for the most part, has its roots in Cuban culture and is enhanced by jazz textures. The word, Salsa, means sauce denoting a "hot" flavor and is best distinguished from other Latin music styles by defining it as the New York sound developed by Puerto Rican musicians in New York. The dance structure is largely associated with mambo type patterns and has a particular feeling that is associated mainly with the Clave and the Montuno.
A number if similar style disco dances which had its beginning in the mid-70's and enjoys some continuing popularity as a swing style today. The record "Do The Hustle" was followed by the movie "Saturday Night Fever". The movie portrayal of partner dancing by John Travolta to the popular beat of top selling music from the Bee Gees and the introduction to America of the Discotheque setting, popular for some years in Europe, took America by storm. Flashing lights, mirrors everywhere, loud throbbing beat, and high fashion were in. Large numbers of popular Discos sprang up in every city and everyone was waiting in line to dance.

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