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 does a Triple 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.
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Cha-Cha 
Bongos and maracas, 
playful rhythms and a strong beat     Latin to Club to Pop - 
a lot of music works for Cha Cha.
That Big Band sound with 
Fred and Ginger gliding around.
The Foxtrot is all about 
American cool.
Foxtrot
Jitterbug
Wild, Crazy,  Freestyle
It’s all that. Jitterbug is more about the turns than the step.  
Nightclub 2-Step
Great for slow pop ballads
with a side to side sway.
Nightclub 2-Step is for 
you and your sweetie.
Rumba
When the Latin rhythm slows 
down, the chemistry heats up. 
The Rumba is known as 
the dance of love.
Is there anything hotter than Salsa? 
Especially on the dance floor. 
It's Latin, fast, furious and sultry!
Salsa
Single Swing
American music, that’s what 
we’re talkin’ about! From 
Big Band to Rock n Roll 
Swing is the dance of choice.
Triple Swing
Slow the music and triple the step.  
This is East Coast Swing with 
all the twists and turns 
everyone loves.
Strong, yet Romantic, best describes the Tango.  It's 
smooth and snappy with a 
certain sense of prowling. 
Tango
Two-Step
It's all country!  The 2-Step 
moves fast or slow around 
the dance floor, turning 
and twisting along the way.    

Waltz
This dance is synonymous with 
grace, elegance and romance. 
Everyone should learn to Waltz.
Ballroom Dances
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Latin Dances
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Country Dances
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Swing Dances
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Contemporary Social Dances
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Polka
Speed up our 2-Step and add lots of turning and you'll have a Polka.  Some kick, some hop and some stomp with this lively dance.
 Old-Time Waltz
Similar to the Polka in speed, Old Time Waltz is danced to the Oom Pah Pah of 3/4 music.
Old-Time Dances
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