American Rhythm is the American equivalent of what is called International Latin in Europe. The dances include Cha Cha, Rumba, Mambo, Swing and Bolero.
Compared to the International Latin, this style does not include the Samba, Paso Doble or the Jive.
More about American Rhythm Style:
This American style of dance falls under the umbrella of “Ballroom dancing”. This style has more of the Latin flavor compared to the American smooth style. There is usage of a technique called “Cuban Motion” in most of these dances. In short , Cuban motion means bending and straightening of the knees in order to achieve a hip action. This is a great style for social dancing as most of the figures are very easy to lead and follow. This style is also done competitively in America.
Rhythm dance lessons Online:
Below you will find the basic step video lessons for three of the most poplar Rhythm dances – The Cha Cha, Rumba and East Coast Swing. These videos are extremely detailed and break down the man’s steps, lady’s steps, the timing, lead and follow and even teach you some valuable technique.
Learn the basic step of the Cha Cha:
The Cha Cha is a very cheeky and playful dance. It is characterized by quick and sharp movements with emphasize on Rhythm. The most basic step is the “Basic in place” which you will learn in the video below:
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Learn the Rumba basic step:
The American Rumba is a very popular Ballroom dance that is characterized by sensual hip movement and arm styling. This dance uses Cuban motion technique to achieve hip settling and rotation. The most basic step is the side basic which this video will teach you:
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The Swing Basic Step:
The East Coast Swing is a great social dance with lots of energy, turns and styling. The main step consists of rock step, triple step, triple step for both partner. Much of the music used for this dance is old rock and roll music. Enjoy the basic step:
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