Beginning 1 American Foxtrot and Rumba Class
Commencing Monday May 1st at 7pm
Everyone loves to Foxtrot to great music dance like:
- "It Only Happens When I Dance With You" by Frank Sinatra
- "I Could Write A Book" by Harry Connick Jr.
- "Love" by Nat King Cole
At the Pick School of Ballroom Dancing American Foxtrot Beginning 1 class you can learn how to lead or how to follow this nostalgic dance with figures like the forward and back basic, hesitation, sway and promenade.
Who hasn't dreamed of being a Fred or a Ginger on the dancefloor... smoothly gliding across the wood like you're on ice!
The Foxtrot is a ballroom dance in 4/4 time, encompassing a variety of slow and fast steps.
The exact origin of the Foxtrot is lost in history but one theory often cited is that took its name from the vaudeville actor Harry Fox.
When the dance premiered in 1914, it caught the eye of the talented husband and wife team, Vernon & Irene Castle who have given it the signature style we know today further enhanced by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. (Incidentally, Fred and Ginger played the famous Castles in a 1939 movie called "The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle".)
Originally danced to Ragtime music, today it is danced to the same Big Band music that we associate with Swing dances.
Join us for this romantic and fun dance and learn to Foxtrot!
Rumba the night away at Pick School of Ballroom Dancing to romantic and passionate music like:
- "Cuando Pienso En Ti" by Jose Feliciano
- "Piensa en Mi" by Luz Casal
- "No Se Por Que Te Quiero" by Ana Belen & Antonio Banderas
At the Pick School of Ballroom Dancing Beginning American Rumba class you can learn how to lead or how to follow this romantic dance using dance moves like the box, ladies underarm turn and cross over breaks.
We think the Rumba came into popularity about 400 years ago when black slaves from Africa were imported to Cuba.
Originally a highly sensual pantomine meant to display the man as aggressive and sexual toward the woman who maintained a defensive attitude - the Rumba was continually suppressed by authorities who pronounced it "dangerous and vulgar".
Of course this only fueled the fire and the dance continued to grow popularity over the years into the sensual and dynamic dance we see today on "Dancing With The Stars".
We'll be learning the American Rumba in the beginning class and it is different than the International Rumba. The most important difference, other than their basic counts, is that in the American style the dancer steps onto a bent leg and in the international style a straight leg.