Dance Videos

 

Below you'll find video clips of most dance styles, as well as some clips of famous musicians playing various dance styles.

These are all "couple lead and follow dances", where one partner decides what variation to do next and conveys his intention with non-verbal signals.  Only the  competition clips contain choreographed routines, all others are improvisational. 


 

Ballroom dance is a set of partner dances, which are enjoyed both socially and competitively around the world. Because of its performance and entertainment aspects, ballroom dance is also widely enjoyed on stage, film, and television.

Ballroom dance may refer, at its widest, to almost any type of social dancing as recreation. However, with the emergence of dancesport in modern times, the term has become narrower in scope. It usually refers to the International Standard and International Latin style dances (see dance categories below). These styles were developed in England, and are now regulated by the World Dance Council (WDC). In the United States, two additional variations are popular: American Smooth and American Rhythm.

There are also a number of historical dances , and local or national dances, which may be danced in ballrooms or salons. Sequence dancing, in pairs or other formations, is still a popular style of ballroom dance.

Source: www.Wikipedia.org

 

Dances

 
American smooth American rhythm International standard international Latin Swing Social, nightclub and street dances
Foxtrot
Waltz
Tango

Viennese Waltz
Peabody

Cha Cha
Rumba
East Coast Swing
Bolero

Mambo

Foxtrot
Waltz
Tango
Viennese Waltz

Quickstep
Paso Doble

Rumba
Cha Cha
Samba
Jive
 

West Coast Swing
East Coast Swing
Jive
Lindy Hop
Shag
Hand Dance
Balboa
Boogie (-woogie)
Rock and Roll
 

Merengue
Bachata
Salsa
Finnish Tango

Night Club 2 Step
Cuban Son
Hustle
Charleston
 
 
 
Country & western Cajun/Zydeco Argentine Folk and vintage Dance history  What's age got to do with it?

Waltz
Two Step
Cha Cha
Polka

Cajun Jig
Cajun Waltz

Zydeco
 

Tango
Waltz
Milonga

Ländler
Polka
Galop
Mazurka

 

The Cake Walk
Lindy Hop
Hand Dance 

Mathilda

 
     

Foxtrot


Instructions: Demo of basic steps
http://www.ballroomdancers.com/Dances/dance_overview.asp?Dance=AFX

 

 

Rumba


American style (rhythm)
Instructions:  (Source: www.ballroomdancers.com)
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International style (Latin)
Performance (cabaret style):
A beautiful rumba routine by S
lavik and Karina, 2004 (Source: www.YouTube.com ).
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Instructional: (Source: www.ballroomdancers.com ) Basic syllabus.
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Waltz


American style (smooth)
Instructions: http://www.ballroomdancers.com/Dances/dance_overview.asp?Dance=AWA


International style (standard)


Cajun style
Instruction: A particular style of waltz danced in Louisiana.
http://youtu.be/Qh8TrGqutx4


Landler

This is danced to traditional three quarter time music in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Below is an example of the Austrian style.

Performance: Austrian Ländler
 http://youtu.be/G4Yd-Ru3RRQ


Historical

 

 
   
 

Cha Cha


American style (rhythm)

While there are stylistic and musiclal differences between the different styles of Cha Cha, all styles adhere to the basic Cha Cha rhythm pattern and many of the same variations.

Instructions: (Source: www.ballroomdancers.com)
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(Source: www.YouTube.com )
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Competition: http://youtu.be/9unVduCt450


International style (Latin)

Instructional: (Source: www.ballroomdancers.com ) Basic syllabus.
http://www.ballroomdancers.com/Dances/info.asp?sid=12

Performance: Slavik & Karina chacha show 2003. Very innovative and musical. http://youtu.be/nY1pA8vX-60

Competition: Asheville ballroom event december 10 2011.http://youtu.be/TjSlg0vYY2k


Country style

Competition: Country Cha Cha Performance - Sunnyside Grange June 13, 1998. The music definitely has a country twang.  http://youtu.be/DG66gA-Qbdg


Cuban style

Demonstration: This is where the Cha Cha originated. Slow and very smooth. A pleasure to watch. http://youtu.be/NWrZXehnkAg

Tango


American style (smooth)

Instructions:  Demo of basic steps
http://www.ballroomdancers.com/Dances/dance_overview.asp?Dance=ATA


Argentine Tango
Argentine tango is distinctly different from other styles. There is intricate footwork and unusual body juxtapositions made possible mostly by the fact that 50% of the time both dancers are on the same foot (shadow position). Because of this, leading and following are much more intricate and subtle than any other couple dance, and the leader must at all times be fully aware about which foot his partner is on. He must also be able to switch between mirror and shadow positions at will and intuitively.

Argentine tango dancing usually encompasses three distinct styles: Tango, Milonga and Waltz.


Performance: A very classy, intricate and fast tango. Enjoy.
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Performance: http://youtu.be/1ftLLKrC81s


Finnish Tango

Finnish tango is an established variation of the Argentine tango and one of the most enduring and popular music forms in Finland. Brought to Europe in the 1910s by travelling musicians, Finns began to take up the form and write their own tangos in the 1930s.[1] By the 1940s about half of the entries on the popular music charts were occupied by tangos, and the post war period saw tangos spread from a popular urban phenomenon to their enthusiastic adoption by the countryside as well.[2] Special characteristics of Finnish tango include the change of rhythm to beguine during chorus. Also habanera rhythm is used often.
Read more:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finnish_tango


Instruction: http://youtu.be/mr_A4ELFhmo


Demonstration: This demonstration clearly shows that there are some similarities to Argentine Tango, but also to the American and International styles. Unlike Argentine Tango however, there are no "shadow position" variations where both partners are on the same foot.
http://youtu.be/CqodtulauR0

 

 
 

Mambo


American style (rhythm)

As opposed to Salsa Mambo, the American style Mambo is more stylish, with more dramatic poses and tricks. Most people have trouble breaking on the two beat.

Music: This is a rare clip of Tito Puente, considered the best Afro-Cuban musician and timbales drummer ever, demonstrating his incredible skills on the timbales.
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Here, Tito plays Mambo Birdland, a classic. He drives the band along with his drums, representing a whole percussion section all by himself.
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Music: These are two clips of Perez Prado, sometimes called the king of mambo, playing his very distinctive style of mambo. He was very popular in the 50's and 60's and his songs are still popular today. In the first clip he plays Mambo No. 5,  in the second, Que Rico El Mambo. As well, you can see some mambo dancing, the way it was done more than 50 years ago.
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Instructions: Demo of basic steps (Source: www.ballroomdancers.com)
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Cuban style

Performance: This is a beautiful and flirty piece. The dancers from Conjunto Folklorico Nacional are dancing here traditional Cuban Mambo in Havana Cuba.
http://youtu.be/Oqc1bAwMsrU


Cuban Son

Performance: This is probably the original Mambo style. Slow, sexy and very smooth. Many of the variations in this excellent demonstration are similar to the ones I originally learned in 1954. http://youtu.be/Nvtuy9zC40E

Performance: Here is the same style danced at a very fast speed. Even so, it is still very smooth with many intricate variations.
http://youtu.be/B-VPb485sBk

Viennese Waltz

International style (standard)
Competition:
Beautifully international style done by a couple of masters.
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Instructional:
(Source: www.ballroomdancers.com ) Basic syllabus.
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Demonstration: International Waltz bronze routine. Natural Spin Turn, Reverse Turn 4-6, Double Reverse Spin, Double Reverse Spin, Progressive Chasse To Right, Back Lock, Closed Impetus, Reverse Pivot, Reverse Turn 1-3, Reverse Corte, Outside Change, Chasse from Promenade Position. http://youtu.be/-KsMGs-Pz3M

Online reference for the figures can be found at http://dancecentral.info


American style
Instructions:
Demo of basic steps
(Source: www.ballroomdancers.com)
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Competition: It doesn't get any better than this. Ben Ermis and Shalene Archer-Ermis doing the American style V. Waltz.
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Traditional
Demonstration: A charming, old fashioned and traditional rendition of the Viennese Waltz
http://youtu.be/fXqre5Egnmo

 

 
 

Salsa
Salsa mambo differs from American style mambo in that it is usually danced to a faster beat and does not have the same dramatic poses and tricks. It has a lot more in common with swing or jive with the same fluidity and lots of underarm turns and circular variations. It can be danced on the one or on the two beat.


Instructions:  Demo of basic steps, danced on the one beat
http://www.ballroomdancers.com/Dances/dance_overview.asp?Dance=SAL

Instructions: Cristal Yorke and Iran Castillo showing a nice Salsa variation. This is not for beginners though. Learn the basic steps first. (Source: www.YouTube.com )
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Demonstration:  Angelo Luzio doing the Mambo. Notice that Angelo breaks on the one beat. Some nice variations for intermediate dancers.  (source: www.bailahuntsville.com )
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Social Dancing: Notice that both, in the performance and the social dancing below, the Salsa dancers break on the second beat, rather than on the 'one' as generally taught. However, breaking on the 'one' is quite acceptable in Salsa, but never in ballroom Mambo. This is an excellent clip of what's actually happening on the dance floor. Can't you just feel the atmosphere? (Source: www.YouTube.com )
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Social Dancing: Here is a couple practicing to break on 2, which is a bit shaky. However, for social Salsa dancers this is a good clip to pick up some nice variations. (Source: www.YouTube.com )
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Night Club Two Step


 

Instruction: http://youtu.be/dALUNowdIlQ

 
   

Country-Western Two Step


The country/western two-step, often called the "Texas two-step" or simply the "two-step," is a country/western dance usually danced to country music.

As with other country/western dances, there are different versions of two step. Even the same dance may go by different names depending on the area of the U.S., and even in the particular dance hall. There may be no one "correct" way to do a particular dance.

Demo: Basic syllabus.
http://youtu.be/jqNtKAj92q4

 

Competition:  Anthony & Nichole Lewis - UCWDC Open Showcase - C-W Two Step at 2007 Peach State Country Western Dance Festival in Atlanta
http://youtu.be/ZzuFlN7VBCE
 

Competition:  Ronnie DeBenedeta et Brandi Tobias - City of Light 2007 UCWD http://youtu.be/mIyn7dnWRww


Demonstration and Instruction:
Instructional video teaches six figures in country-western triple two step. This dance is also called double two step or Dallas-Fort Worth shuffle. http://youtu.be/zmJ69KMKafI

 

 
 

Merengue


Merengue was made the official music and dance of the Dominican Republic by Rafael Trujillo. In an origin's version, the dance originated from the slaves working in sugar beet fields. These slaves were connected to one another by a chain strapped to their ankles and had to walk in such a manner as to drag one leg.

Although the tempo of the music may be frenetic, the upper body is kept majestic and turns are slow, typically four beats/steps per complete turn.

In the social dancing of the United States the "empalizada" style is replaced by exaggerated Cuban motion, taught in chain ballroom studios for dances of Latin American origin (cha-cha-cha, rumba, mambo, salsa).

read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merengue


This is the Latin style, as danced, for example, in the Dominican Republic.

 Demonstration: A very polished, professional demonstration showing some common basic steps as well as some more advanced variations. http://youtu.be/sPIX3gwtCXs

Performance: The first part is a typical Merengue. Halfway through they slip into Cha Cha. http://youtu.be/y2sbQVoO3os

Peabody


The Peabody used to be included in the American Smooth category but no longer is. This clip shows both Peabody and Charleston.

Performance: http://youtu.be/naOfHtYJX0w

 

Charleston


Performance: This clip show both the Peabody and the Charleston
http://youtu.be/naOfHtYJX0w

 

Bolero


American style (rhythm)

Instructions:  Demo of basic steps(Source: www.ballroomdancers.com)
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Polka


Country-Western style
Competition:
ACDA 2008 National Champions Div IV http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glTzMrTS2vM&feature=share&list=PLC3D36CC3D16B8B49


Vintage
Demonstration: Beautiful and elegant.
http://youtu.be/ajxfQk_zbjM


 
 

Bachata


Instruction: Here's how to dance this sexy Latin dance. http://youtu.be/XtNlgq3KYoM

 

Milonga


Argentine style
Performance: Argentine tango includes three distinct dances: tango, waltz and, as demonstrated in this clip, Milonga:
http://youtu.be/5p6GiX84-_s

Mazurka
Mazurka is a variation of the waltz.


Modern
Competition: http://youtu.be/ndv7T68jHQE


Vintage
Demonstration:
Mazurka, a romantic Mid-19th Century Couple Dances, is performed by professional dancers. Notice the hop on the first beat. http://youtu.be/tR3oOmvx5ew


 

 
   

Galop


Vintage
Demonstration:
Galop, a romantic Mid-19th Century Couple Dances, is performed by professional dancers
http://youtu.be/idSvyeWQMhg

 

   

Cajun Jig


Instruction: Easy to follow instructions.
http://youtu.be/Sboid1Yt24U

   
     

 

What's age got to do with it?


Mathilda
Quickstep:
http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=8LOdmka4_90

Suzy Robbins and René Zgraggen
Cha Cha
: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAPxqAAUNLE

Salsa anybody? This lady is 92, dancing the "son" and salsa with her great grandson. Watch her fabulous performance. Click HERE to view clip.

 

 
 
 

Swing
There are a great many different styles of swing. Here are some of them.

East Coast Swing
Instructions:
Demo of basic steps (Source: www.ballroomdancers.com)
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Performance: A nice ECS performance with many easy and basic moves.
http://youtu.be/9Bk7ZzkQk2U

 

Lindy Hop
Instructions: Demo of basic steps (Source: www.ballroomdancers.com )
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Performance: Second appearance of Vanessa et Nicolas on The Dancing Show doing the Boogie Woogie. This is pure joy, but you've got to be young. (Source: www.youTube.com )
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Vintage Lindy: A clip from 1930s, the golden age of Lindy Hop. (Source: www.beantownswing.com ) http://www.beantownswing.com/video/hellzapoppin.mov

History: The Lindy Hop is generally said to have been ‘invented’ in the Savoy ballroom in Harlem in the late twenties. It’s premier dancer, "Shorty" Snowden, threw off his partner in a competition before a large press contingency and performed a brief "breakaway" of fancy footwork that wowed the audience. Referring to the trans-atlantic hop Charles Lindbergh had recently completed, Shorty replied, "It’s the Lindy." Later known as the Jitterbug and danced across the nation by millions for decades to follow, Shorty may not nave known it but his hop was just as formidable as that of the famous aviator. (Source: http://xroads.virginia.edu/~UG03 ).

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West Coast Swing
Note that there are two basic ways of dancing the W.C. Swing, the ballroom way (most ballroom dance studios teach it this way), and the way the rest of the world is doing it. All the clips below show the latter technique.

Instructions: (Source: www.YouTube.com ). Ronnie DeBenedetta & Brandi Tobias - West Coast Swing Workshop - Capitol 2007. This is an excellent clip, showing several appealing and interesting intermediate patterns.
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Performance: Benji Schwimmer & Heidi Groskreutz's First Place West Coast Swing performance in the Showcase Division at the 2005 US Open Swing Dance Championships which won them first place. What can one say about these two? Style, technique, shwomanship, flawless execution. It doesn't get much better than this.  www.USOpenSwingDC.com . (Source: www.YouTube.com )
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Performance : John Lindo & Blake Hobby at Dallas dance. This impromptu performance is quite exceptional. It's West Coast Swing at it's very best, improvisational, imaginative and full of surprises, impossible moves and poses, and always full of enthusiasm. But above all, it's FUN. (Source: www.YouTube.com ).
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Performance: Benji Schwimmer & Heidi Groskreutz at the 2001 US Open Swing Dance Championship, Showcase Division. Another performance by the champions. Watch some of their trademark tricks. (Source: www.YouTube.com )
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Performance: Freestyle by Robert Cordoba And Deborah Szekely.
Sarah Fryman of Dothan, AL writes: "This is a funny, sexy, and breathtaking WCS."

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Performance: (Source: www.YouTube.com ). Sarah Drake, Kyle Redd, Brandi Tobias & Ronnie DeBenedetta Dancing Together in Paris - July 2006
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Competition: (Source: www.YouTube.com ). Chris Bailey and Melissa Foti competing at UCWDC Worlds 2008.
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Shag
Demonstration: A good example of shag. Very relaxed attitude, fancy footwork, more showy steps for the male than for the female. (Source: www.YouTube.com ).
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Competition: Michael and Leann Norris, Strictly Shag winners at the  2009 US Open Swing Dance Champrionship
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3WKjFiCtak

Demonstration: Brennar Goree and Autumn Jones at the 2007 National Living Legends of Shag. Shag at its best.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3HOjgifjOI

Competition 2012 Junior II champs. Watch these kids, they are great.
http://youtu.be/NF80SbicjBE


 

Hand Dance
Documentary: A history of Hand Dance, including Lindy Hop, Bop, Swing. http://youtu.be/VtEBmJ5_u0Q

   
 

Balboa
Competition: This is yet another form of swing, more closely related to East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop rather than West Coast Swing (Source: www.YouTube.com ).
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Zydeco
Yet another style of swing as danced in Louisiana.

Demonstration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87lSxFnmzwk

Social dancing: http://youtu.be/oVU2yUl-9Yc

 

   

Jive
This is the international style of swing.
Instructional: (Source: www.youtube.com ) Basic syllabus.
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Competition: 2013 International Open Latin at Antwerp http://youtu.be/p0CPcyMzgIM

 
 

Hustle

Demonstration and instruction: http://youtu.be/uRqysK0OCc0

Rock and Roll
Competition: This swing style is performed in Europe. It is very athletic and includes some spectacular aerials. Definitely not for the social dance floor.
http://youtu.be/77IsD1OCR8Y

 
   

Boogie(-woogie)
Another European style of swing. Very fast and a lot of fun to watch.


Performance: In this clip, both the music and the dancing are exceptional. It is sure to bring a smile to your face. Notice how the legs move while the upper body stays even. Boogie, like Lindy Hop, are usually danced to very fast music but, unlike Lindy, Boogie does not have aerials. (Source: www.YouTube.com )
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Competition: World Champion Boogie-Woogie 1991-2009. Watch different styles of Boogie danced by top European competitors.
http://youtu.be/JH0XCgKJiz8

 

   

 

International Style
The internationally recognized style of ballroom dancing (www.ballroomdancers.com)

Standard

 

Latin

Foxtrot
Instructional:
Dance Universe: Basic Syllabus. Not for beginners. (Source: www.YouTube.com )
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Instructional: (Source: www.ballroomdancers.com ) Basic syllabus.
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Competition: Final Slow Foxtrot at Worlds in Antwerp, Belgium. http://youtu.be/svF5vc9XIt8
 

 

Samba
Instructional: (Source: www.ballroomdancers.com ) Basic syllabus.
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Tango
Instructional: (Source: www.ballroomdancers.com ) Basic syllabus.
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Competition: One of the best Tango ever dance by Andrew Sinkinson & Lorraine Barry. They started dancing together in January 1984, and became winners of  Blackpool Dance Festival as amateur in 19987, 1988 and 1989. They competed as professional ballroom dancers from 1990 to 1993. Their partnership finished in May 1993.
http://youtu.be/Os4G3HfigbI

Competition: Final tango at the 2013 Worlds championship in Antwerp, Belgium. http://youtu.be/7Z08QAvydLo

 

   

Viennese Waltz
Instructional: (Source: www.ballroomdancers.com) Basic syllabus.
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Instruction: Here's how the Viennese Waltz is taught in Vienna. Note that the right turn is the basic step, as opposed to the U.S. where it is the left turn. Note also, that in the left turn the left foot also crosses in front of the right foot, as is taught here.
http://youtu.be/-ib7S3xGSZc

 

 

   

Quickstep
Instructional: (Source: www.ballroomdancers.com) Basic syllabus.
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Competition: Quickstep final at 2013 Worlds in Antwerp. Fast and furious. http://youtu.be/jitXUZ1dwi8

 

   
     

Paso Doble
Competition: Watch these kids. http://youtu.be/7BTLh-xnJLU

   
     

Country & Western

 
 

Dance History

The Cakewalk
Its origins in slavery and the plantation south, the Cakewalk was the sole organized and even condoned forum for servants to mock their masters. A send-up of the rich folks in the "Big House," the cakewalk mocked the aristocratic and grandiose mannerisms of southern high-society. Much bowing and bending were characteristic of the dance, which was more a performance than anything else. Couples lined up to form an aisle, down which each pair would take a turn at a high-stepping promenade through the others. In many instances the Cakewalk was performance, and even competition. The dance would be held at the master’s house on the plantation and he would serve as judge. The dance’s name comes from the cake that would be awarded to the winning couple. (Source: http://xroads.virginia.edu/~UG03/lucas/cake.html )

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Ballroom dancing for beginners (1926)
T
eddy Royce and Wyn Clare demonstrate the right and wrong ways of ballroom dancing.

http://youtu.be/E8TBHmLk1R4

 

The Palladeum Aera (a history of Salsa)

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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