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Friday Night Latin Dance
Intensive Introduction (suitable for beginner to advanced students)

Latin dancing is the best way to get fit, meet new people and have a great time. We will teach you all you need to look and feel groovy on the dance floor! This course is ideal for enthusiasts with some dance experience and those who enjoy dancing socially. Both individuals and couples can join. As the counts for the male and the female steps are different, they will be taught individually and then couples will come together periodically to combine these steps and form sequenced routines.

There are four dance forms of Latin American that you will be learning throughout the course.

This is flashy, full of energy and up beat! Body movements are all from the rib cage down with an exaggerated hip action. The dancer’s weight is often transferred from the back to the front foot. The counts are to a fast 4 step pace in the form 2, 3, 4 AND 1…

The movements we will learn are:

The Starter Step

Progressive Basic

Side Basic (Box)

Cross Over Breaks


Cross Over Breaks with Arch, with Double Turns and with Palm to Palm

Chases with Half Turns and with Full Turns

This is similar to rock ’n’ roll. It is energetic and fast paced, and routines are more flamboyant by including basic lifts. The dancer’s movement is more in the knees and ankles, thus hip motion is not as pronounced. The upper body is calm with an upright posture and the weight is more on the balls of the feet. The counts are to a fast 8 step pace in the form 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8…

The movements we will develop are

Fallaway Rock

American Spin

Change of Hands Behind Back

The Walks

This is known as the dance of love. The technique is similar to the CHA CHA but is danced to slow paced lyrical music and is performed with even more exaggerated hip movements. The counts are the same as for the CHA CHA.

The movements we will explore are


Shoulder to shoulder

Open break

New York break

Underarm turns

Spot turns

This originates from Brazil and is known as the carnival dance, as it is popular during street festivals. Samba is contagious and has a rhythm that even provokes non dancers to get up and dance! The counts are to a fast 8 step pace in the form 1 & 2, 3 & 4, 5 & 6, 7 & 8 AND…

The movements we will refine are

Forward and Back

Under Arm Turns

Turn From Basic

Turn From Open Break

As this is a group course, you are encouraged to work with all other members of the class. This helps you to get to know the group and facilitates your ability to dance with a wider range of partners.

Upon completion of this course, everyone will have an opportunity to perform these flashy routines on stage to an audience! Here, you will have the chance to show off all that you have learned within the 4 styles.

Course Title: Dance: Latin American
Tuition Fee: RMB 3200

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Registration Procedure:
Please register online first to reserve your place. You will then receive a confirmation email. Next, payment must be made on site at the ELC Learning Annex during the payment dates (you can come in person or send someone).

Please note:
Our classes are kept small for the students' benefit (generally between 5 and 10 people), so please register early to reserve your place. Your place in the class cannot be guaranteed until payment has been received. Any course that does not meet sufficient enrollment may be cancelled and a full refund provided upon presentation of your original receipt.