Social Dance

Social Dancing ( Ballroom Dancing) (Salsa, Cha-cha-cha, Merengue) 13yrs above

A great opportunity for all who love ballroom dancing to share that fun with your community. There is no space for wall flowers
when a lively Merengue or Salsa is reverberating on the dance floor. Ballroom dancing is filled with exercise and surprises. It involves
athleticism and grace. You will increase your skills and learn how to be graceful on the dance floor.
It teaches:
• Coordinated movement • Good dress and manners • Understanding of music’s rhythm and tempo
• Teamwork • Discipline through practice and routines • A skill and ability that will be very useful throughout life
Salsa- A hot Latin dance similar to Mambo, which, when danced correctly, displays a lot of shaking, shimmying, and hip action.
Jive-The European version of the East Coast Swing, this dance uses six and eight count patterns. However, it is danced quite bouncy with very
sharp foot kicks and “flicks,” to faster tempo swing music and is meant for competitive style dancing.
Jive- The European version of the East Coast Swing, this dance uses six and eight count patterns. However, it is danced quite bouncy with very sharp
foot kicks and “flicks,” to faster tempo swing music and is meant for competitive style dancing.
Cha Cha Cha- An exciting, syncopated Latin dance which originated in the 1950’s as a slowed-down Mambo. The Cha Cha Cha gets its name and character
from its distinct repetitive foot rhythm, 1-2-3 step-step which is similar to Swing.
Mambo – A fast Latin dance, similar to Salsa, which comes from Cuba. Mambo was brought to America in the 1940’s and 50’s and eventually adapted as
an American style ballroom dance. Most of the movements emphasize the second beat in the measure, suggestive of the Clave rhythm which
is fundamental to Mambo music.
Merengue- An energetic Latin-style march which originated in the Dominican Republic, which emphasizes a straight-ahead 8-count rhythm taken with
Cuban Motion. Merengue is now also a subset of the modern club-style Salsa dances.
Night Club Two Step- An easy-going social dance, similar in movement to the Bossa Nova, first introduced in the 80’s by Buddy Schwimmer and popular amongst
the West Coast Swing crowd. Nightclub 2-Step is normally danced to medium-tempo pop songs and ballads, using combinations of Slow-Quick-
Quick and Quick-Quick-Slow rhythms.

Profit from social dancing includes not only physical, mental, and social benefits, but also include the joys of participating in a regular
program of ballroom dancing. Make new friends, and a fresh start in life.
The Instructor Performer and Choreographer
Partner or without partner ?
Ballroom dance includes any dance performed with a partner. However, it is not necessary to have a regular partner when you first start dancing. Most group classes
accept singles and you should not hesitate to commence without a partner. However, if you already have a partner, it will be best that you learn together. You will quickly
find that learning to dance together adds an entirely new and beneficial dimension to your relationship.
How can I find a dance partner?
Jazz Rockers does not have a partner exchange or locator service. It is suggested you make your search efforts known to your dancing friends and to officers and
members. You could also try a general web search under “ballroom dance partner search” – there are a number of links that come up that might be helpful.

The Instructor Performer and Choreographer

AJ is a Professionally Trained Dancer, Choreographer, & an Instructor. He is highly experienced in a range of styles from Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Merengue and Jive which
has enabled him to broaden his career from dancer to choreographer and an instructor. He Specializes in Latin Styles.