Dance classes San Diego couple on the beach

All of the Dancetime Center’s dance classes San Diego moved in May 2014 to the Dance For 2 studio. They offer a fabulous variety of dance lessons including group classes, private lessons, dance parties and events. Pattie Wells is one of the most experienced professional dance instructions in the United States. She is available for private dance lessons by appointment only, read Pattie’s bio here!

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Types of Dance Classes San Diego



AMERICAN BALLROOM

Ballroom dance classes usually feature the classic American ballroom dances like waltzfoxtrottango, rumba & cha cha. Sometimes the dance genres are divided into Amerian smooth and rhythm dances. The smooth dances are the Viennese waltz, foxtrot, tango and waltz. The rhythm dances are the rumba, cha cha, mambo, East Coast swing, bolero and samba. The peabody is an older dance genre that is almost between a foxtrot and quickstep but isn’t included much in ballroom competitions or social dance parties.

The American style ballroom dance genres are perfect for social dancing but they are included in competitions as well. The International style ballroom is better suited for dancesport but can be done socially tool. The two styles of ballroom dance have been fusing in the last couple of decades and, at times, look very similar.

Ballroom Dance Articles:

Ballroom Dance Videos

American Waltz by Jim Desmond & Sally Olgivie


American Foxtrot & Hustle by Brandon Detty

Tango Team Performance

Ballroom Dance Music Playlists 

A variety of ballroom dance music playlists – click here!

 

SWING DANCE CLASSES SAN DIEGO

Swing dance is one of the most popular forms of social dancing.  The swing originated in the 1920’s starting with the original swing dance, the Lindy Hop. The Lindy Hop also incorporated Charleston moves evolving into many differenty styles of swing.

Read about the Evolution of Swing Dancing here.

Swing Dance Videos


Jitterbug Performance Team, Bugle Boy 1988

Jitterbug Club San Diego’s Sunday night party

East Coast Swing routine with Trevor & Stephanie

SALSA & BACHATA DANCE CLASSES SAN DIEGO

On Fridays, Dance For 2 offers Introductory classes including Intro and Intermediate classes in  Salsa & Merengue  dance classes San Diego.

Dance Articles/Blogs

Salsa Dance Videos

Salsa Dance Team Performance

Salsa Performance by Jose & Yvonne Bello

 

WEST COAST SWING

West Coast Swing is the Cadillac of all the swing dance genres. It is recommended to learn a more basic form of swing first then tackle the West Coast swing due to its complexity. It is a dancers dance due to its characteristic of allowing the dancer an abundance of free expression.

Mark Pablo in San Diego teaching a West Coast swing workshop

West Coast Swing Articles

West Coast Swing Videos

Pattie Wells’ DanceTime Westie Parties

West Coast Swing 2nd Saturday at the PW Dancetime

West Coast swing social dancing (circa 2012)

TANGO DANCE CLASSES SAN DIEGO

There are at least three major styles of Tango danced around the world in the 21st century: American Tango, International Tango and Argentine Tango, read more about Tango here:

Argentine Tango Videos



Mark Pablo & Yvonne Bello’s Argentine Tango Performance

The Tango dance originated in Argentina in the 1800’s then spread across the globe when a Tango show traveled around the world. In each place the Tango was transformed to fit the dancers in the various locales. In the United States, it was simplified and changed to appeal to American sensibilities. Since Foxtrot was all the rage, Foxtrot type movements were added and it became the American Tango.



Carlos Barrionuevo & Mayte Valdes Argentine Tango Performance

Tango Music Playlists

HUSTLE DANCE CLASSES SAN DIEGO

The Hustle dance (partner style) evolved in the mid-seventies and reached its peak in 1980, however, it is still popular in pockets of the United States and abroad. There are two popular forms of Hustle that continue today.

The L.A. Hustle evolved from a dance known as the “Street Hustle” that was popular in Los Angeles and San Diego. Eventually, the name changed to L.A. Hustle and has remained popular on the West Coast, particularly in Southern California.

The New York Hustle was popular on the East Coast. In recent years, the New York hustle has been spreading across the U.S. and continues to increase in popularity nationally and even internationally.

Hustle Dance Videos

David Nguyen taught L.A. Hustle in San Diego in the 2000’s.

L.A. Hustle & Samba Routine with David Nguyen & Ingrid Valdna.