ARCA ON DANCE
As your partner in dancing, Arca Dance will proudly walk you through the journey of social dance. More than just a hobby, dancing creates a new lifestyle embedded with friendships and exuberance. Revel in the glamour and excitement of social dance as you become a part of our world.
ARCA DANCE IS ALL ABOUT
FUN: Surrounded by cheerful and creative, world accredited instructors, Arca Dance creates a most rewarding and exciting experience for you to indulge in the pleasures of dance!
COMMUNITY AND FRIENDSHIPS: First and foremost a community of individuals with an interest in dancing, Arca Dance opens door to a wide array of social setting in which bonding and friendships are forged. Sooner or later, you’ll be swept away by the ample social gathering opportunities such as dance parties and fun outings we organize to foster a caring and supportive community for dancers.
CONFIDENCE: Beyond instruction, dancing molds the mental outlook of the individual to take on a renewed sense of self -confidence and enjoyment in public settings. Notice the difference in yourself as you experience the motivation, creativity and energy you exude in our classes. Your friends will notice as your poise and posture improves, reflecting your new-found confidence.
EXPRESSION & CREATIVITY: Dance provides a venue for self-reflection and self – expression, an emotional outlet in which one can truly explore passion and flair. We believe everyone is born with the ability to dance; instructions cultivate the ability into a skill. From there onwards, you are on your own to dance your hearts out.
HEALTH: A form of cardiovascular exercise, the constant movement and control dancing requires will improve your fitness and physique. Have fun in keeping shape and enjoy the benefits of flexibility, endurance, strength and social well-being that come part and parcel with dancing !
Ballroom dancing is a set of partner dances, which are enjoyed both socially and competitively around the world. It is also known competitively as Dancesport.
There are two types of dances when it comes to ballroom dancing: traveling dances and spot dances. The traveling dances are those labeled Smooth and Standard but most often referred to as Standard; the spot dances are labeled Rhythm and Latin, most often referred to as Latin.
2 Types of Ballroom Dance
The Standard dances are danced with straighter hips, more rigid movements and almost always a closed frame, meaning that the two dancers–leader and follower–don’t break the hold.
5 Standard Dances
The Waltz is one of the smoothest ballroom dances. It is a progressive dance marked by long, flowing movements, continuous turns, and “rise and fall.” The dance is so graceful and elegant. Waltz dancers appear to glide around the floor with almost no effort.
The Foxtrot is a ballroom dance that is lots of fun and simple to learn…an excellent dance for beginners. The Foxtrot is a smooth dance in which dancers make long, flowing movements across the floor.
The Quickstep is a quick version of the Foxtrot. It is a ballroom dance comprised of extremely quick stepping, syncopated feet rhythms, and runs of quick steps. The Quickstep is exciting to watch, but among the most difficult of all the ballroom dances.
- VIENNESE WALTZ
The Viennese Waltz is a quick rotating ballroom dance with a subtle rise and fall. It is considered by most to be one of the most difficult dances to learn. The simple and elegant rotational movement characterizes the Viennese Waltz.
The Tango is one of the most fascinating of all ballroom dances. This sensual ballroom dance originated in South America in the early twentieth century.
The Latin dances are danced with more hip action referred to as “Cuban motion” (referring to the making of a sideways figure 8 with the hips) and, in the higher levels of dancing, are danced quite often in open frame (meaning holding at most, one side of the frame up, typically just holding hands in some form). Each of these dances has a syllabus, a list of moves that are learned and subsequently put together in what are called “amalgamations” meaning combinations of the moves.
5 Latin Dances
- CHA CHA
The Cha Cha is a lively, flirtatious dance full of passion and energy. The classic “Cuban motion” gives the Cha Cha its unique style. Partners work together to synchronize each movement in perfect alignment.
Jive is a dance style that originated in the United States from African-Americans. It is a lively form of Swing dance, and a variation of the Jitterbug.
- PASO DOBLE
The Paso Doble is one of the liveliest dances, originating in southern France. It is modeled after the sound, drama, and movement of the Spanish bullfight.
The Rumba is considered by many to be the most romantic and sensual of all Latin dances. It is often referred to as the “Grandfather of the Latin dances.”
Possibly the most popular of all Brazilian dances, the Samba is popular with young people as well as older generations. The Samba can be performed solo or with a partner.
Standard are characterised by staying in a close hold between partners nearly all of the time, while in the Latin, you see the partners split apart for different steps and figures much more often. Also, all the standard dances ‘travel’ around the floor, while the Latin dances are much more static to one spot, they’re not as tied to a ‘line of dance’ running in a circle around the floor as the ballroom dances.
From a costuming point of view they’re quite different as well – ballroom is basically exclusively tailsuits for the men and long, flowing, ‘big’ dresses for the women, where in Latin, it’s much more open, showy and sexy – men in skintight shirt-and-trouser combos and women in things that might be better described as lingerie at times!