Studio-1Known for its sensual body movement and sexy flair, Latin dance is gaining popularity on dance floors everywhere. Movies about Latin dancing, ones that portray the beauty of the art of Latin dancing, seem to be favorites among dancers and non-dancers alike (ie. Cuban Fury, Havana Night, Dirty Dancing).

Besides being a staple in the ballroom, many Latin dances are also being taken to country-western dance floors. Learning Latin dances is fairly easy, as most of the dances are made up of the same basic foot steps.

At Tropical Soul, we specialize in SALSA. BACHATA, KIZOMBA, CUBAN SALSA, ZOUK-LAMBADA and LADIES STYLING.

 

SALSA

 

SALSA is one of the most popular Latin dance forms with origins from Cuba, as the meeting point of Spanish (European) and African cultures.

It is danced throughout the world and has become a global phenomenon. Salsa is normally a partner dance, and is usually improvised on the dance floor, or it can also be performed with a set choreography for entertainment purposes.

Today’s Salsa dancing is a rich blend of Latin-American and Western influences, as there are many styles of Salsa dancing out there (Cuban, Colombian, Linear On1, Linear On2 or Mambo). Be warned: it is highly addictive!

DRESS CODE: There is no specific dress code for this class, and people usually wear casual clothes. For the shoes, ladies can wear flats or heels, as long as they are comfortable to dance in for one hour, and also ensuring they have an ankle strap or are well fitted to the feet so they don’t slip out as you dance or turn. Sneakers are not recommended.

BACHATA

BACHATA is a partner dance that originated in the Dominican Republic, but is now danced around the world.

The music is romantic and sensual (traditional Bachata is referred as a bittersweet music) , and has developed along with the dance, from traditional Dominican Bachata to urban and modern Bachata.

Tropical Soul’s instructors are none other than the pioneers of Bachata Moderna, a modern and exciting style of Bachata that will make you a favourite on the dance floor!

DRESS CODE: There is no specific dress code for this class, and people usually wear casual clothes. For the shoes, ladies can wear flats or heels, as long as they are comfortable to dance in for one hour, and also ensuring they have an ankle strap or are well fitted to the feet so they don’t slip out as you dance or turn. Sneakers are not recommended.

KIZOMBA

While Kizomba is starting to take the world by storm, it is still an emerging genre in many countries so don’t be suprised if you haven’t heard of it. Kizomba comes from Africa – the Luso-African countries mainly Angola and Cape Verde (where it is called Passada = meaning steps or a pattern of sequential steps). The word ‘Kizomba’ is derived as a linguistic expression from the local Angolan slang Kimbundo meaning ‘party’.

Kizomba is a beautiful partner dance described as an African tango due to its mix of Afro body movement and Tango-esque patterns and danced to Zouk music. It’s both beautiful and deceivingly technical and is a joy to learn and dance. Tropical Soul has been of of the strong ambassadors of Kizomba in Australia, offering continuos Kizomba classes from 2012!

DRESS CODE: There is no specific dress code for this class, and people usually wear casual clothes. For the shoes, ladies can wear flats or heels, as long as they are comfortable to dance in for one hour, and also ensuring they have an ankle strap or are well fitted to the feet so they don’t slip out as you dance or turn. Sneakers are not recommended.

CUBAN SALSA

Cuban-style salsa is popular in many places around the world and characterized by Afro-Cuban rhythmic body motions and unique fluid turns. Different than than the general Salsa (see above), Cuban Salsa focuses on circular movement and playfulness with the beat. It is easy to spot a Cuban Salsa dancer, as they will be showing lots of body movement, energy and fun on the dance floor!

At Tropical Soul, You’ll learn basic steps of the dance, leading and following, and executing moves from the Guapea, Para Arriba to the Enchufa and much more.

DRESS CODE: There is no specific dress code for this class, and people usually wear casual clothes. For the shoes, ladies can wear flats or heels, as long as they are comfortable to dance in for one hour, and also ensuring they have an ankle strap or are well fitted to the feet so they don’t slip out as you dance or turn. Sneakers are not recommended.

ZOUK-LAMBADA


At Tropical Soul, we teach the popular style of Brazilian Zouk, also called Zouk-Lambada. Brazilian Zouk is a dance that developed from the Brazilian dance Lambada. The dance is now combined with a variety of music, including Caribbean Zouk music, which is how the dance came to be known as Zouk.

Unlike Salsa, which is led mainly with the hands; Brazilian zouk is led by more parts of the body. Sometimes, in a basic sideways movement, it is the hips that move first, followed by the rest of the body, and this is part of what makes the dance so sensual. However, in various moves the dance partners are also connected by eye contact, legs, arms, shoulders, head, etc.

DRESS CODE: There is no specific dress code for this class, and people usually wear casual clothes. For the shoes, ladies can wear flats or heels, as long as they are comfortable to dance in for one hour, and also ensuring they have an ankle strap or are well fitted to the feet so they don’t slip out as you dance or turn. Sneakers are not recommended.

LADIES STYLING


Ladies, if you want to have flow and style on the dance floor, this is for you! The Salsa Ladies Styling course is for all ladies wanting to push their dancing to the next level: It will focus on Shines, Styling and Body Movement to help you reveal and develop your inner sexy Salsera. We will also work thoroughly on technique, lines, balance and spins. Become a completely versatile Salsera!

Tropical Soul is known for the Ladies styling choreographies and courses, having won multiple 1st places in various Australian competitions.

DRESS CODE: There is no specific dress code for this class, and people usually wear casual clothes. For the shoes, ladies can wear flats or heels, as long as they are comfortable to dance in for one hour, and also ensuring they have an ankle strap or are well fitted to the feet so they don’t slip out as you dance or turn. Sneakers are not recommended.

Are you ready to join?

Dance-instructorsSo, are you ready to take the next step and join us in this beautiful world of Latin Dancing?

We not only aim to provide you with the best instructors, technique and a comprehensive syllabus for each of the styles offered, but we will also welcome you to be part of our community of Soul-mates!

You will have access to our classes, our parties at the studios, night outings to different clubs and also join us on our trips to various Latin dancing events in Australia and overseas too! Check our FB page and you'll see what we are talking about! Take a look at our timetable, and register for our next term!

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