QuickSilver Dance Center

Dance lessons

Beginning Two-Step

No previous dance experience required

Two Step is the core dance for C&W music. After discussing what to listen for in the music, we cover proper posture, partner hold, rhythm and timing, how to start moving without mishap, and how to cope with crowded floor conditions, as we learn the basic step for Two Step. Then we move on to half and full rotations and other patterns for variety.

Triple Two Step and Polka

Beginning Two-Step required

These two dances are close companions to Two Step, and are essential if you don't want to sit through half the songs at a C&W venue. Almost all of the patterns are derived from Two Step, but are done with minor adjustments in the footwork to better stay in rhythm with Triple Two or Polka music. Usually these classes are taught in workshop format only.

Advanced Country & Western (15 levels)

Beginning Two-Step required

This class introduces the twirls and complex, eye-catching combinations usually associated with the Swing dances, showing how they can be adapted or translated to C&W music for performance to Two-Step, Triple Two-Step, or Polka footwork. Lady's Double Turns are taught first, since her spins constitute the heart of all Western Swing moves. Lace Whips and Lariats are taught in levels 1 and 2, forming the basis for more complex moves such as the Pretzel, Tunnel, Bow-Tie, Yo-Yo, Spinning Tunnel, Rope, Sweetheart Steps, Man's Double Turns, and much more. The higher levels focus on syncopations and longer amalgamations of moves. These courses are for the dedicated C&W dancer!

Western Waltz (4 levels)

No previous dance experience required

Although danced to C&W music, Western Waltz is entirely different from the other C&W dances because of its 3/4 time, and because of the unique diagonal structure of its figures. It differs from Ballroom Waltz by adhering to the C&W circular line of dance rather than using the Box step. In this course, learn such flowing moves as Twinkles, Parallel Walks, Push-out Twirls, Spirals, Crossovers and Grapevines.

East Coast Swing (5 levels)

No previous dance experience required

Dance to the Big Band Swing sound or Rock 'n Roll from the 50's and 60's. The Beginner class introduces basic footwork and the simple man's and lady's turns, with four variations, as a means of teaching the principles of leading, following, maintaining proper dance distance, and staying with the music. We learn triple-step (East Coast Swing) and single step (Jitterbug) footwork; the patterns are interchangeable. The higher level courses put together some interesting patterns such as the Pretzel, Tunnel, Head Loops, Sweetheart steps, and the Dragon moves.

West Coast Swing (5 levels)

Three months East Coast Swing or Advanced C&W strongly recommended

This swing dance has moves similar to what we see in East Coast Swing, but it has a more disciplined structure, starting with the narrow "slot" the woman stays in during the dance. Casual onlookers can easily become confused when watching a West Coast dance, because there are two basic rhythm counts which can be utilized in various combinations. And then, despite the disciplined structure of the dance, or maybe because of it, West Coast gives both partners but particularly the lady the opportunity to "play" – the basic footwork can be embellished with syncopations and flourishes and personal styling. Rhythm and Blues music, slow Rock 'n Roll, or sultry C&W music all encourage West Coast Swingers to experiment with the material and let their personality shine through as they interpret the music. Because of the complexity to this dance, we strongly recommend taking at least three months of East Coast Swing or Advanced Country & Western prior to enrolling in West Coast Swing. Yes, the dance is challenging; but the payoff makes it worth the effort!

Hustle

At least one month East Coast Swing or West Coast Swing required

Associated with the Disco era of the 1970's, Hustle is currently enjoying a revival of popularity from coast to coast. The patterns come directly from East Coast Swing, but the connection is more similar to what we find in West Coast Swing, hence the pre-requisite.

Ballroom

No previous dance experience required

The ballroom dances include Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Rumba, Cha-Cha, Mambo/Salsa, and Jitterbug. Cha-Cha and Mambo/Salsa are taught more frequently because of their popularity and usefulness here in Texas. Jitterbug is included in our East Coast Swing curriculum and is offered even more often. The other dances are taught by request only.

Nightclub Slow Dance

No previous dance experience required

This elegant dance has become very popular in the last few years because of its usefulness for slow, romantic music. The footwork resembles Rumba or Bolero, but the styling is unique, and the music we dance to ranges from Country & Western ballads to love songs and "torch" songs by the likes of Frank Sinatra or Mel Torme.

Wedding Dance Preparation

No previous dance experience required

If you are planning your wedding and reception, the last thing you need is another item to stress about! Let us help you and your fiancee prepare for your "first dance" as a married couple. We can help you with song selection (if needed), how to dance to it, what to watch out for, and how to get comfortable with the whole concept, so that your first dance becomes a solution instead of being a problem. The private lesson format allows tailoring to your taste. Two private lessons are usually sufficient.

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