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  • Ballroom: This term refers to a set of partner dances, which are traditionally danced to socialize, for entertainment, and in competitions. It's divided into two main styles: "Standard" or "Smooth" dances (like Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, and Quickstep), and "Latin" or "Rhythm" dances (like Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, and Jive). Ballroom dancing is characterized by its elegance, sophistication, and the formal attire worn by dancers.

  • Latin: Latin dance refers to types of dance originating in Latin America, the Caribbean, and more broadly, the Americas. These dances are generally known for their passionate, energetic movements, and rhythm. Examples include Salsa, Rumba, Cha Cha, Samba, and the Paso Doble. Often, these dances require expressive body movement and quick, rhythmic footwork.

  • Swing: Swing dance is a group of dances that developed concurrently with the swing style of jazz music in the 1920s, '30s '40s and '50s, although the earliest of these dance forms predate swing jazz music. It includes dances like the Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, Boogie Woogie, and East and West Coast Swing. The style varies from energetic jumps and kicks in the Jitterbug to the smoother, more formal style of the East Coast Swing.

  • Wedding Dance: This term refers to any style of dance performed at weddings. It traditionally includes the first dance between the bride and groom, which is typically a slow, romantic ballroom dance like the Waltz or Rumba. There's also the father-daughter dance and mother-son dance. Additionally, many wedding parties learn specific choreographed dances to perform as a fun celebration during the reception.

  • East Coast Swing: Originated from the Lindy Hop dance in the United States during the 1940s, it's characterized by a playful and bouncy movement.

  • West Coast Swing: A partner dance derived from the Lindy Hop. It's smooth and sophisticated, characterized by a distinctive elastic look that results from its basic extension-compression technique.

  • Boogie Woogie: Also known as Swing Boogie, it's a form of swing dance related to the Lindy Hop. It developed in the US during the late 1920s and is known for its fast tempo and high energy.

  • Hustle: A disco dance that originated in the 1970s, it's often associated with the movie "Saturday Night Fever". The Hustle is noted for its fast footwork and sweeping arm movements.

  • Jitterbug: A kind of dance popularized in the United States in the early 20th century, it is associated with various types of swing dances such as the Lindy Hop, Jive, and East Coast Swing.

  • Stepping: An African-American dance form that uses the body to create rhythmic sounds and patterns. It's commonly performed by groups and in competitions.

  • Carolina Shag: Born in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, it's a partner dance done primarily to beach music. It's smooth and cool, characterized by the male leading the female in various turns.

  • Waltz: Originated from Germany in the 17th century, it's a smooth dance characterized by long, flowing movements, continuous turns, and "rise and fall" action.

  • Foxtrot: A smooth dance introduced in the 1910s, it's characterized by long, continuous flowing movements across the dance floor. It's often danced to big band swing-style music.

  • Foxy: A variation of the Foxtrot, it is slower and more bluesy, allowing for more interpretation between steps.

  • Tango: Originated from Argentina in the late 19th century, it's characterized by sensual movements, dramatic poses, and staccato footwork.

  • Salsa: A popular Latin dance that originated in the 1970s in New York City, influenced by a number of dance styles from Cuba and Puerto Rico. It's characterized by energetic movements and quick footwork.

  • Bachata: Originated from the Dominican Republic, it's a romantic style of dance that is often performed with soft hip movements and a tap or syncopation on the 4th beat.

  • Cumbia: A folkloric rhythm and dance from Colombia. It's characterized by a wind-up motion and shuffle steps that go with the beat of cumbia music.

  • Merengue: Also from the Dominican Republic, it's characterized by marching-like steps in a rhythmic one-two pattern to the beat of the music.

  • Cha Cha: Originated from Cuba, it's characterized by quick steps taken during each beat of the music, with a strong emphasis on rhythm and the Latin flair.

  • Rumba: Often referred to as the "dance of love", it originated from Cuba. It's a slow, sensuous, romantic dance with heavy emphasis on body movements and hip action.

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