Music and Dances; How do I Know?
People often wonder and ask what kind of dance goes with a particular song. Other than a Waltz, there is often times more than one answer. The count and speed of the music and the overall style and feel of the song will lead you to the dance YOU want to select. Some dances can "share" music. For instance, you may choose to Foxtrot to a song while another couple dances a Swing. You may do a Tango while others are instead doing a Cha Cha.
As you become more familiar with the dances you will be able to distinguish between styles and speeds of music to pick your favorite dances for your favorite music. You'll find yourself listening to a song on the radio, and a little voice inside your head reciting the 1-2-3 count of a Waltz, the slow-quick-quick of a Rumba, the distinct 1-2-3, 5-6-7 of a Salsa, or the T-A-N-G-O of, well, yes, the Tango.
If you are a beginning dancer and you aren't sure what kind of dance you'd like to learn you might start with the music you like to listen to or the music that makes you want to dance. Below we have listed the dances we teach at Date Night Dance Company. Each dance has a bit of a description of the styling of the dance and/or some of the typical music you might dance it to. This might help you to decide which kind of dance you'd like to learn first.
Contemporary Social Dances
Click on each star for more information about the dances and for songs that you might use for each dance.