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Sunnie teaches a wide variety of dances.

The following is a selection and description of the most popular styles:

WALTZ

  • The most traditional of ballroom dances
  • Done to 3/4 time music (eg: Come Away With Me by Norah Jones)

  • SWING

  • An upbeat, easy to learn dance
  • Done to fast tempo, big band music (eg: Sing Sing Sing)

  • NIGHTCLUB

  • A contemporary partner dance done to medium tempo romantic songs
  • This is the most common style taught for a Wedding First Dance

  • TANGO

  • A highly stylized traditional dance
  • Emphasis on leg movements and staccato body action

  • MERENGUE

  • An easy style to learn, done to 2/4 time Latin music
  • Useful with techno and other fast temp music (eg: Dont Stop the Party by Pitbull)

  • QUICKSTEP

  • A traditional partner dance, and popular favorite on Dancing With the Stars
  • A flashy and fun dance which travels quickly around the floor

  • CHA CHA

  • A Latin style dance popular in both social dance clubs, or competition
  • Useful for medium tempo music with a strong beat (eg: Lets Get Loud by Jennifer Lopez)

  • FOXTROT

  • A traditional partner dance done to medium tempo 4/4 time music
  • Characterized by smooth, gliding movements

  • SALSA

  • The most popular Latin club social dance
  • Similar to Mambo, with a six step basic danced over 8 counts of music

  • EAST COAST SWING

  • A contemporary partner dance done to medium tempo 4/4 time songs
  • This dance has a bouncy character, is easy to learn, and is versatile

  • RUMBA

  • A Latin dance done to slow 4/4 tempo (often romantic) songs
  • This is the second most common style taught for a Wedding First Dance