If you're like many people, you may have a vague idea of partnership dancing but don't know where to start. On this page, you'll be able to learn a bit about all the dances that we teach in both private lessons and group classes.
There are various styles of Tango in the world (including International, Argentine, etc) but we teach a conservative American Tango at Port Orchard Dance.
One of the older styles of partnership dance, Tango began as a courtship dance in Argentina before migrating to Europe and America.
Starting in the Caribbean in the 1950s and 60s, Rumba began as a slow Latin dance of love. Thanks to its use of a steady 4/4 beat, this dance is one of the most adaptable dances that we teach because we can do it to many popular and mainstream songs.
Easily the oldest dance that we teach, Waltz began in Vienna around the 1500s and marked the first time that a man and woman would embrace during a dance which was sinful and provocative at the time.
Done to a 3/4 beat, Waltz is another popular dance because of the amount of popular music that can be played with this dance.
East Coast Swing
There are dozens of regional Swing styles with different areas having their favorites to teach and learn. Up here in the Pacific Northwest, both East Coast Swing and West Coast Swing intermingle, but here we teach Single Time (shown in the video to the right) and Triple Time.
Technically, while Salsa is a partnership dance, you won't ever see a category dedicated to it at any official ballroom competitions because they consider it a nightclub dance.
That doesn't change how popular this simple-to-learn but difficult-to-master dance is in this area!