American Rhythm dance style is related to Latin American dances and is very similar to International Latin style. At first glance, the differences between these two styles are minimal, however, when examine the details, we begin to see more distinctions. For example, the music speed and, of course, the technique of executing the movements differs from Latin sytle. If we focus on the technical differences, in Rhythm, we step on the ball of our foot with the knee slightly bent and then, straighten the knee after we put our heel down and have transferred our weight to the leading leg. This technique is called “Pressed Walk”. In Latin style, we straighten the knee before stepping on our foot, which changes the dynamics and technique of the movement.
American Style Rhythm is comprised of 5 dances:
- Cha Cha – (30 bars per minute)
- Rumba – (30-32 bars per minute)
- East Coast Swing – (34-36 bars per minute)
- Bolero – (24-26 bars per minute)
- Mambo – (48-51 bars per minute)
Rhythm is a fun style. Many social dancers like to combine Rhythm and Latin, because it is easy to do and the figures and dance technique are similar. By combining Rhythm with other Latin dances, you can choose from a wide variety of figures to create a great routine. At Gold Ballroom we can help you learn all the Rhythm dances in a pleasant and effective way. Our professional instructors know how to make you feel as comfortable as possible and have fun while you are learning.