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Other Dances

Argentine Tango
Argentine Tango is passionate dance based on the wordless communication between two people. A great class for beginner and intermediate dancers, you will learn the fundamentals accompanied by lead and follow techniques. Unlike Ballroom Tango, in Argentine Tango most of the movement is below the waist with parallel and cross foot systems both danced.
History: Argentine Tango is a musical genre and accompanying social dance originating at the end of the 19th century in Buenos Aires and Montevideo. It typically has a 2/4 or 4/4 rhythmic time signature, and two or three parts repeating in patterns such as ABAB or ABCAC. Its lyrics are marked by nostalgia, sadness, and laments for lost love.
Health Benefits: Weight loss, improves coordination, balance and posture, improves cardiac health, lowers blood pressure, improves memory, decreases stress, anxiety & depression, is increasingly used as therapy in a wide variety of applications: such as, physical therapy, couples therapy and therapy for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patients.


Bachata
Bachata, which originated in the Dominican Republic, is a sensual, romatic and relatively simple partner dance. It is danced to rhythmic, syncopated music played with lead, rhythm & bass guitar, percussion and drums. The dancers position can be very close, semi close or open. Unlike Salsa, Bachata dance does not usually include many complex turn patterns, but they have come to be used more and more as the dance evolves. Songs include "Darte un Beso"- Prince Royce and "Mi Santa"- Romeo Santos. Bachata is taught in Private Lessons, Workshops and Group Classes.


Ballet for Adults – Coming to the timetable soon
No leotard required ! This is a great class for those who have done ballet in their childhood and would to love to give it another go, and also for those who have never done ballet before but have always wanted to. Dance Souk offers a supportive and safe environment for young adults to senior adults to come and learn a beautiful and technical style of dance. This is a classical class that will focus on the foundations of ballet taking you from pliés to pirouettes. If you would really like to get the best out of this class it would be perfect to combine with our stretch and conditioning classes.
Health Benefits: Improves posture, coordination & flexibility, increases muscle definition and core strength, entire body workout, burns fat, decreases stress, exercises the brain, an enjoyable confidence boost
What do I wear? If you want to wear leotard, you are welcome to ! Tights and a workout top/ T-shirt are also appropriate. You could also wear shorts, we say, whatever you are comfortable in.
If you are not in a position to grab a pair of ballet shoes, non-slip socks or dance shoes are also fine.


Belly Dance
Also known as Arabic Dance, it is a style of dance that emphasizes complex movements of the torso. Learn how to isolate your abdominal muscles, move your hips in a figure 8 and incorporate beautiful arm movements. You will also learn how recognise rhythms and confidently dance combinations and choreography. 
History: Belly Dance is believed to have a long history in the Middle East and is said to have originated from a group of travelling dancers in Egypt. It has evolved to take many different forms depending on the country and region, both in costume and dance style.
Health Benefits: Builds core strength and muscles up and down spine, beneficial for during and after pregnancy, improves flexibility of the torso, increase confidence, balance & posture, increases bone density, weight loss, helps relieve PMS, decreases stress.


Cabaret/ Jazz – Coming to the timetable soon
Bring out your inner Queen with our Cabaret, Jazz fusion class. Created specifically for adults who want to learn how to dance with confidence and a smile we are sure you are going to love this class! Dance to old classics and funky pop whilst learning technical foot and arm movements.
Health Benefits: Increase strength, endurance, coordination, flexibility, burn fat, brain exercise.


Heels – Coming to the timetable soon
Feel unstoppable in HEELS. Dedicated to pulling out your inner Beyonce, this class combines sleek jazz technique and classic lines and all that SASS. Improve your current dance skills by building confidence in dancing in heels. Also perfect for newbies looking to sensually express their inner queen.
What shoes do I wear? Wear shoes that are comfortable and stable! If you are just starting out, go low or bring another pair as backup. Thick heels are a must as stiletto heels dent the floorboards (you can buy heel blocks from most shoe stores to cover a stiletto heel and dance safely). Platform shoes make it difficult to find the floor, these are a no no. We suggest starting in ankle boots and working your way up depending on your experience.


Hip-Hop
Straight from the street, Hip-Hop is fun, funky and one of our favourite classes! Learn to pop, lock, break, uprock, robot, boogaloo and more. New York grunge with a fresh modern pop this class is high energy with isolating movements.
History: A Brooklyn original, created by Black & Latino Americans, Hip-Hop became popular in the 1970’s with the first professional street based dance crews formed. Parallel with the evolution of hip-hop music, hip-hop social dancing emerged from breaking and the funk styles into different forms.
Health Benefits: A full body workout, improves balance, coordination and flexibility, builds muscle and self-confidence, burns fat, decreases stress & anxiety.

Hustle
Hustle is a fun partner dance, which was originally a disco line dance. It incorporates elements of Latin & Swing dances & gained popularity in the 70s at the height of Disco with both the line & partner forms being depicted in "Saturday Night Fever. It can be danced to a wide range of mid to fast tempo music which has a driving even beat, making it a great party dance. Great songs for Hustle include "Hustle"- Van McCoy, "Can't Get You Out of My Head" - Kylie Minogue and "Jive Talking" - Bee Gees. Hustle is taught in Private Lessons, Workshops, Dance Courses and Group Classes.


Merengue
Merengue is a popular dance style originating in the Dominican Republic. It is danced to Latin music which has a strong, driving march-like rhythm wuth dancers stepping on every beat. Partners can walk in all directions, circle each other, do separate turns, twists and create intricate patterns.  Although the tempo of the music may be frenetic & there is hip movment, the upper body is kept majestic and turns are slow. Song examples include "Oye"- Gloria Estefan, "Suavemente"- Elvis Crespo. Merengue is taught in Private Lessons, Worshops, Dance Courses and Group Classes.


Reggaeton
A sensual blend of urban Hip-Hop influenced by Latin Salsa and Rap, Reggaeton is quickly becoming one of Sydney’s favourite dance styles. An excellent introductory class, you will learn a fusion of Latin steps with Hip-Hop moves.
History: Originating in the clubs in Puerto Rico in the late 1990’s, Reggaeton is influenced by American Hip-Hop, Latin American and Caribbean music, typically sung in Spanish. Also known as underground music due to its popularity in unofficial venues and clubs. Just like the music, the dance is a mix of energetic Rap and Hip-Hop with the sexual hip movements of Latin.
Health Benefits: Strengthen the cardiovascular system, improve flexibility, loosen muscles, increase stamina, improve coordination, tone and tighten the body, shed excess body fat.


Rueda de Casino - Coming to the timetable soon...
In Rueda de Casino couples form a circle and dance Salsa patterns that are called by the "líder". Most moves involve the swapping of partners, where the partners move around the circle to the next partner. The combination of elaborate dance combinations and constant movement of partners creates a visually spectacular effect. Rueda de Casino is very social, great for fitness & best of all... lots of fun! Rueda de Casino is taught in Dance Courses and Workshops.


Salsa Beginners
Dedicated to absolute beginners our Salsa class is an excellent introduction to the basics of Salsa dancing. We believe Salsa is one of the fundamental styles of dance with techniques influencing so many other styles, this class will jump start your dance journey. The movements of Salsa are a combination of the Afro-Cuban dances Son, cha-cha-cha, Mambo, Rumba, bomba and the Danzón.
History: The roots of Salsa originated in Cuba in about 1920 blending African drum rhythms and Spanish guitar. Salsa is a combination of many Latin and Afro-Caribbean dances. There are now many different types of Salsa such as; Cuban Style Salsa, Miami Style Salsa (Classico Cubano, Casino), L.A. Style Salsa, New York Style Salsa, Salsa Shines to name a few.
Health Benefits: Excellent for the heart as it is an aerobic exercise, increases balance, posture & coordination, weight loss, targets all muscle groups, strengthen social skills.


Tap Dancing
​If you've ever wanted to learn the art of Tap dancing or perhaps you learnt as a child and want to get back into this fun style, then this class is for you!
Each class begins with a series of warm up exercises, progresses through fundamental steps and ends with a fun combination. You're guaranteed to have a lot of laughs, while improving your balance, coordination, memory and fitness. Suitable for all ages and abilities. Tap is taught in Private Lessons, Workshops, Dance Courses and Group Classes.


Two Step
Two Step (aka Nightclub Two Step, Disco Two Step, NC2S or California Two Step) was initially developed in the mid-1960s. It is extremely versatile as it can travel, be danced on the spot or a combination of the two and suitable for a wide range of music styles including Country, R&B, Ballads, Rock, Reggae & Smooth Jazz. Because of it's smooth, romantic yet relaxed feel it is a favourite for Wedding Couples. Song examples include "Lady in Red" - Chris De Burgh, "Tears In Heaven" - Eric Clapton. Two Step is taught in Private Lessons, Workshops, Dance Courses and Group Classes.

West Coast Swing
West Coast Swing is versatile, sexy, smooth & dynamic, often referred to as the "Lady's Dance" as the follower has more freedom to improvise than in most dances. Developed in California in the 40s, West Coast Swing is a descendant of Lindy Hop. It can be danced to a wide range of tempos and styles of music ranging from R & B, Blues, Country, Funk, Disco to Rock & Pop allowing dancers to express their musicality. "Mustang Sally"- The Commitments and "Sexy Back - Justin Timberlake are great song examples. WCS is taught in Private lessons, Workshops, Special Courses and Group Classes.