Ronnie's Dance Studio - 393 Maxim Drive, Hopatcong, NJ 07843
• 4-Count Swing (aka Social Hustle) – This is the easiest of the Swing Dances to learn. There to a lot
of the faster-paced dance music as well as music from the '70s and on. We very often start people on this
dance so they can learn to lead and following underarm turns which are a huge part of swing Jitterbug). It's
easier to learn than triple step and lends itself to the faster swings that are often played. But we also have the
triple step version of the same dance, with lots more patterns and steps, also called East Coast Swing… you
know the one they danced to “rock and roll” music. This is the one you're probably most familiar with.
• 3-count Hustle – This is always easier to learn if you've taken the 4-count swing class first, but not
necessary. This one actually came out of the old Latin Hustle done in the '70s and is still so popular it's done in
ballrooms, at competitions, at clubs, and clear across to the west coast.
• West Coast Swing – different from East Coast Swing, but has some similarities. Created to be danced
in tighter spots, slower, sultry music, and tons of fun. Main dance at California Mix Nights.
• Single Step Swing – You know when the music gets too fast and you can't do a triple step without getting
out of breath? Well, this is the dance you want to do... same steps but the count is different. It's Slow, Slow,
Quick, Quick, instead of Triple Step Triple Step, Quick, Quick. Much easier on the body.
• Triple Step Swing (aka Rock 'n Roll, East Coast Swing, Jitterbug) – This is the one you saw on
American Bandstand and this is the one that you can dance pretty much everywhere. It's the greatest and it'll be
BALLROOM / SOCIAL DANCES
• Foxtrot – A typical “smooth” dance. You kind of stroll around the floor to some great music that spans
across decades, right up to today’s music. It’s fairly easy to learn, and still very popular with both the young and
old. But there are plenty of steps that lend themselves to tighter spaces making this a very popular dance at
• Waltz – Beautiful, elegant… floats around the room. This is a dance we picture when we hear “ballroom”
dancing. Waltz has been around for a long time, and yes, this version of it is what they teach in ballrooms, but
can be danced anywhere. We teach a bronze and silver version of Waltz… but if you don’t want to learn
something so formal… there’s always….
• Tango – This dance is worth spending a little more time learning. It’s sexy, it’s different, but it’s
something you will want to add at some point to your dancing. We teach American-style Tango which is the one
that appears in most movies and is the easiest to learn and the most popular in ballrooms and clubs.
• Viennese Waltz – A fast waltz that has been around forever. You may want to learn the slower waltz
first, but not necessary.
• Quick Step – One of those dances that’s just plain fun. It’s definitely lively, takes control, and moves big
around the floor…. Great dance, but I would recommend taking some Foxtrot first.
• Merengue – One of the easiest dances to learn and a great way to get comfortable with Latin
motion. Merengue music gets everyone up on the floor because it’s so much fun. Basically the
count is 1-2.
• Salsa – Hot! The music’s changed from the Mambo days and the dance
has evolved and it’s much hotter and spicier, and there are great moves for the men, also.
• Cha Cha – It's been said that Cha Cha came from the original Mambo also, because people
were adding an extra chasse to the Mambo and this came out of it. A lot of the steps are actually
very similar, so if you learn Salsa, you can learn Cha Cha very easily.
• Rumba – One of the slower Latin dances, but extremely popular. Your dancing repertoire is
not complete until you’ve learned the rumba.
• Bolero – Considered a “slow” dance. Can be danced to slow rumba music, has some
similar steps to rumba, but has a lot of its own unique moves. Good for wedding couples, too.
• Samba – Ahhh, those pulsating Latin beats…. There’s nothing quite like this dance ….
But it’s not for the weak-kneed. So build up your stamina before you try this one.
• Bachata – Something like a merengue, but not quite. A fun dance to learn for Latin night.
• Slow Danciing – You can do so much more than just rock from foot to foot, be first amongst
your friends to dance the way this dance was meant to be danced, still very romantic but with
some exciting moves. A favorite choice with wedding couples.
• Foxy Boxy – This is another slow dance, a little faster but not as fast as Foxtrot. It lends
itself very well to a box step that comes from Foxtrot, but it is more versatile and very easy to learn
and move around the floor.
• Social Waltz (and Country Waltz) – If you don’t want a formal style of Waltz, this one would
work very well for you. This one will fit into any situation you’re in, even country western dancing
as it’s the same dance. The Country folks have it right, they teach it a little differently and it’s
much more useful for social dancing, much easier to learn and you can still dance it to any
waltz music, country or not.
• Night Club Two Step – a great dance for all those ballads that were impossible to dance
to before. This dance just came out of the west in the last few decades and has become a
standard slow dance in ballrooms and clubs everywhere.
• Polka – Whether you learn this to country music or the old standbys, you’ll get a lot of
use out of this one. It’s still danced at a lot of weddings, and people still love it.
• Texas Two Step - this actually has its roots in Foxtrot, but this one travels around the room,
mostly fast, and has lots of great turns like the Polka and Country Waltz. Easy and fun, and
something everyone who loves country music should learn to dance to.
• Half Time Waltz - this is basically danced to a Viennese Waltz that's very fast. Instead of dancing
1-2-3 we dance Slow-Quick-Quick so that each measure uses half a step instead of one, that slows you
down a lot and helps you get around the room more easily.
• Hesitation Waltz - also dance to a Viennese Waltz, but each measure is only ONE STEP so
instead of dancing 3 steps -1-2-3, you dance one hesitation step for the count of 3. We throw a lot of
these steps in our regular Viennese Waltz and also Half time Waltz to give ourselves a chance to
breathe and catch up.
COUNTRY Dancing: 3 categories:
1. Line Dances – always fun to do at all kinds of parties;
2. Pattern or Round Dances – where you dance with your partner, around the room with other
couples, doing a similar pattern, like “The Traveling Cha Cha” and “El Paso” and the
“8-count polka”, and then of course, your
3. Partner Dances which include the Country Waltz, Country Swing, Country Cha Cha,
Country Polka, Texas Two Step, and more.
Did you know.... in Country dancing Swing, Rumba, Cha Cha, Hustle, and Polka are pretty much the
same as we do in a non-country venue?
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|I've categorized the various types of dances to help you choose the
style of dancing that may appeal to you. Please feel free to contact
me with questions.
Be sure to click on the dance to hear a sample of music.
Learning one dance is
really learning more than
one dance.... It's
After all, you can only
turn right or left....
so once you learn to lead
or follow an underarm
turn... you know it for
and that's the way