Argentine Tango



Danced in the classical form to the beat of a drum, the Bolero was introduced in the mid-1930s. It has evolved over time to be danced to a faster and livelier tempo, and beautifully expresses an intimate feeling. It is often referred to the “dance of love”, where dancers use their arms, legs, and feet to contribute to the beauty of this dance.

Cha Cha

Originating in Cuba, you will find the Cha Cha defined by its syncopation, or slightly off beat rhythm. The Cha Cha’s rhythm comes from the Rumba, the Mambo, and the Lindy. The Cha Cha can be danced slowly to a staccato rhythm, or fast, making it more lively and fun for people of all ages.

East Coast Swing

Derived from the American folk dance, Swing derives from the Charleston, Black Bottom, and Shag dances. In 1900, all three forms were combined to produce what was called “the Lindy” which was then modified into a double-time and triple-time box step with a slight shuffling motion.

Swing dancing was popular during the heyday of Swing-style Jazz and originating especially in Harlem, New York in the 20s, 30s and 40s. Its popularity spread across the country and its “wild form” was frowned upon by many because of the intense acrobatic ability involved to be able to dance it. There is no question this fast-paced energetic dance is here to stay, with its free interpretation and rhythmic flow. It has evolved to include several styles.



Originating in Latin America, no other dance has kept its style and south-of-the-border flare like the Mambo. Many love ballads have been written to accompany the rhythm of the slow mambo while novelty songs pair wonderfully to the fast mambo with spins and turns. One of the most fun songs tied to the mamba was recorded in the early 50s called “Mumbo Jumbo” where dancers can move to the rhythm of their own temperament in the moment.


Both the people of Haiti and Dominican Republic claim the Merengue as their own. In Haiti, the son of a ruler of the country loved to dance the Merengue and in order to not make him feel self-conscious, the entire nation adopted this popular dance. The Dominicans’ version was danced to honor returning war heroes. In an effort to relieve the injured warriors self-consciousness about limping, all men favor the left leg as they dance.

For many generations, this dance was taught with both of these stories in mind, inspiring the flexing of the knees and body to the exhilarating brightness of the staccato rhythm.


This popular social dance is the slowest of the international ballroom Latin dances. Derived in Cuba during the pre-revolutionary period, the Rumba flooded into the US in the early 1930s and has remained one of the most popular dances ever since. The smooth style of the dance allows for partners to move in sync through their hips and heavy walking motion.


Passion, energy, and joy; Salsa is a type of dance that has it all. Originating from Cuba, the Salsa is very similar to the Rumba. Just as popular music styles evolve with time, so do the rhythms and motions of this dance.

West Coast Swing

Unlike the East Coast Swing, the West Coast Swing gained popularity quickly because of its adaptation to contemporary rock music and elegant style. This style of swing incorporates many similar styles of the Lindy, as well as Shag, Whip, and Push. Slower than the East Coast Swing, the West Coast Swing allows for the dancer to interpret the syncopated rhythm.

Private Lessons

SIVA dance offers private dance lessons for these styles of dance, and more. Whether you are dancing for competition or for pleasure our world-class dance teachers will have you dancing exquisitely before you know it.