Dance Music

 

Rhythm

Rhythm Cha Cha is danced to mid-tempo songs with four-four timing, strong accents on the first and fifth beats, and weak accents on the third and seventh beats. Rhythm Cha Cha music is typically slower than Latin Cha Cha music, but quicker than Country Cha Cha music.

Rhythm Rumba music is slow- or mid-tempo with four-four timing, and is often sensual and romantic in nature. It is usually quicker in tempo than its Latin counterpart. Rhythm Rumba is danced to modern popular music, especially ballads.

Rhythm East Coast Swing is danced to four-four, mid- to up-tempo songs. It is almost always danced to American rock-'n-roll music.

Bolero is danced to ballads with four-four timing. Most Bolero songs are drawn from Latin music and have a slow, sultry feel. 

Mambo music, an upbeat blend of Cuban rhythms and New York jazz, has four-four timing, accents on the first and fifth beats, and a prominent clave line. It has a distinctly Latin sound, usually features Spanish lyrics, and a lively, energetic feel. 

Smooth

Smooth Waltz is danced to slow music with three-four timing and a strong accent on the first beat. Smooth Waltz songs tend to be slightly quicker in tempo than Standard Waltz songs.

Smooth Tango music has four-four timing and strong, distinct accents on the first and fifth beats. It ranges widely in tempo and may be danced to either orchestral or pop music. Like its Standard counterpart, Smooth Tango songs are characterized by dramatic melodies and prominent percussion.

Smooth Foxtrot songs have four-four timing and are often drawn from the Great American Songbook. They are slow-tempo and have a smooth, jazzy feel. Smooth Foxtrot songs are typically more musically expressive than Standard Foxtrot songs; for instance, they often incorporate more lyrics and have a jazzier, more staccato feel.

Smooth Viennese Waltz is danced to upbeat music with three-four timing, an accent on the first beat, and a driving rhythm. It may be performed to music from almost any modern genre. Smooth Viennese Waltz music tends to be slightly slower in tempo compared to Standard Viennese Waltz music, but tends to be quicker in tempo compared to Standard, Smooth, or Country Waltz music. 

Latin

Latin Cha Cha is danced to mid-tempo songs with four-four timing, strong accents on the first and fifth beats, and weak accents on the third and seventh beats. Latin Cha Cha music is typically quicker than Rhythm Cha Cha and Country Cha Cha music.

Samba is always danced to up-tempo with four-four timing and a strong accent on the first beat. Samba songs are easily identified by their prominent, pulsing rhythm and their lively, energetic feel. In its Latin form, Samba may be danced to either Brazilian-style samba music or modern pop music. 

Latin Rumba music is slow-tempo with four-four timing, and is often sensual and romantic in nature. It is usually slower in tempo than its Rhythm counterpart. Latin Rumba is usually danced to Latin ballads, but may also be danced to other modern popular music. 

Paso Doble is danced to mid-tempo Spanish songs with four-four timing and strong upbeats. Most Paso Doble songs are orchestral. 

Jive is danced to fast, lively four-four songs with strongly accented upbeats. Jive is usually danced to American music.

Standard

Waltz is danced to slow music with three-four timing and a strong accent on the first beat. Most waltz music is melancholy and gentle in nature. 

Standard Tango songs are orchestral, mid-tempo, strongly based in the Argentinian tango music tradition, and characterized by dramatic melodies and prominent percussion. All Standard Tango music has four-four timing and strong, distinct accents on the first and fifth beats. 

Foxtrot songs have four-four timing and are often drawn from the Great American Songbook. They are slow-tempo and have a smooth, jazzy feel. Also known as "Slow Fox" or "Old English Fox", Standard Foxtrot music tends to be more orchestral and fluid than Smooth Foxtrot music. 

Quick Step is danced to upbeat music with four-four timing and a rushed, powerful beat. It has a lively, exciting feel and often features big band sounds and ragtime rhythms.

Standard Viennese Waltz is danced to upbeat orchestral music with three-four timing and an accent on the first beat. Due to its quick tempo, Viennese Waltz music is typically more lively than Standard, Smooth, or Country Waltz music.

Night Club Dances

Salsa music, an upbeat blend of Cuban rhythms and New York jazz, has four-four timing, accents on the first and fifth beats, and a prominent clave line. It has a distinctly Latin sound, usually features Spanish lyrics, and a lively, energetic feel.

Merengue is danced to mid- or up-tempo two-four or four-four songs in which every beat is clearly accented. Most Merengue music has a distinct Latin feel. 

Bachata music is accented on the fourth and eighth beats, and has a smooth, sultry feel. It is slow- to mid-tempo and often strongly features percussion instruments.

Four-step Hustle is often danced to disco, party, house, and other up-tempo music with strong, quick four-four beats. Four-step Hustle songs tend to be slightly faster than Syncopated Hustle songs.

Syncopated Hustle is danced to up-tempo four-four music, usually disco. Syncopated Hustle songs tend to be slightly slower than Four-step Hustle songs.

Single Time Swing is typically danced to either big band swing music or fast rock-'n-roll music. Single Time Swing songs have quick tempos and four-four timing, and are fun and lively in nature.

Lindy Hop can be danced to slow-, mid-, or up-tempo music, so long as it has a distinct downbeat and four-four timing. It is usually danced to American songs with a distinct big-band feel.

Contemporary West Coast Swing is a highly versatile style of dance for the modern music era: its songs have four-four timing, but vary widely in tempo. Contemporary West Coast Swing can be performed to songs spanning many different modern genres, from blues and rock to pop and R&B. 

Samba is always danced to up-tempo music with four-four timing and a strong accent on the first beat. Samba songs are easily identified by their prominent, pulsing rhythm and their lively, energetic feel. In its Night Club form, Samba is typically danced to modern popular music. 

Night Club Two Step is set to ballads with four-four timing and accents on the first, third, fifth, and seventh beats. Most Night Club Two Step songs are smooth and gentle in feel.

Country

Triple Two is danced to mid-tempo country songs with four-four timing and strong accents on the second, fourth, sixth, and eighth beats. Triple Two music is characterized by its smooth, flowing feel. 

Polka is danced to high-tempo, four-four country songs. Polka songs are most easily identified by their quick, driving rhythms and lively feel.

Country Night Club Two Step is set to country ballads with four-four timing and accents on the first, third, fifth, and seventh beats. Most Country Night Club Two Step songs are smooth and gentle in feel.

Country Cha Cha is danced to mid-tempo country songs with four-four timing, strong accents on the first and fifth beats, and weak accents on the third and seventh beats. Country Cha Cha music is typically slower than Rhythm Cha Cha or Latin Cha Cha music. 

Country Waltz is set to slow country music with three-our timing and a strong accent on the first beat. Country Waltz songs vary widely in tempo compared to its Smooth and Standard counterparts, and are often somber in nature.

Two Step is always danced to lively, upbeat country music with four-four timing. It is most easily identified by its distinct quick-quick-slow-slow rhythm and by its fluid, rhythmic feel. 

Country East Coast Swing is danced to four-four, mid- to up-tempo country songs. Most Country East Coast Swing songs have a distinct rock-'n-roll feel. 

Country West Coast Swing is set to slow- or mid-tempo country music with four-four timing. 

Argentine Tango

Closed Embrace Argentine Tango is danced to argentine tango music, a genre of orchestral music. Traditionally, Closed Embrace Argentine Tango music does not include percussion instruments. 

Open Embrace Argentine Tango is danced to either argentine tango music, a genre of orchestral music, or to argentine-tango-style electronica. 

Argentine Tango Milonga music is its own genre, within the wider genre of argentine tango music. It features stronger percussion and steadier beats than other argentine tango music.

Argentine Tango Valz is danced to quick-tempo argentine tango music with three-four timing.

Line Dances

Almost all line dances are choreographed to specific songs (with a few exceptions--most notably the Electric Slide, which can be danced to many mid-tempo, four-four pop songs.) 

Wedding Reception

The special relationship between Mother and Son is captured here in this list of songs. As you prepare for your Mother Son Dance, we have complied some of the greatest songs that will tug at the heart strings of your reception guests. Celebrate this magical traditional dance with one of these popular pieces.

The song for a Father Daughter Dance must be special. This is a list of songs that are appropriate for the Father Daughter Dance at your reception. These songs have a special theme that tell a storied relationship of Daddy’s little girl. Weather you are looking for an upbeat piece or an emotional ballad, this list will help you with this traditional reception dance.

Wedding Songs are special to you and partner. For some, they have their “Special Song” that reminds them of their relationship. For others a beautiful song that sets the tone of their marriage is exactly what is needed for their first dance. This is a list of some of the most popular wedding dance songs.