Learn to dance Merengue
LEARN TO DANCE MERENGUE IN HOUSTON / PEARLAND / SURROUNDING AREAS!
WHAT IS MERENGUE
Merengue is a fun, easy, and versatile dance that comes from the Dominican Republic. Partners hold each other in a closed position. Following the music, partners bend their knees slightly left and right, thus making the hips move left and right. The hips of the leader and follower move in the same direction throughout the song. Partners may walk sideways or circle each other, in small steps. They can also switch to an open position and do separate turns without letting go each other's hands or releasing one hand. During these turns, they may twist and tie their arm connections into intricate pretzels.
Merengue is a gateway to learning other forms of Latin dancing. It's easy 1 - 2, 1 - 2 stepping allows the student to concentrate mainly on leading / following different turns, pretzels, and combinations that can later be translated into Salsa, Cumbia, and Bachata. If you never danced Latin Dance before, we highly recommend starting with Merengue. It will give you hip movements, fun combinations, and sizzling turns.
COURSES IN MERENGUE
This is your ticket to get started! Bootcamp means Training Camp. Though we do not teach a Full 3 hour Bootcamp solely in Merengue, we introduce this dance as part of our Latin Nightclub Bootcamp so you can see how moves in Merengue can be translated into Bachata and Salsa. Latin Nightclub Bootcamp lasts 3 hours with a 10-minute break in between. It is a progressive course. During the first hour, we start with the basic steps and necessary foundations to start dancing Merengue, Bachata, and Salsa. As the course progresses, we continue with different exercises that teach you how to create different combinations and figures. On each 101 Bootcamp, we cover different moves. Do not forget to bring your cameras. At the end of the bootcamp, you can record all the steps and combinations so you can practice them in the future.
102 GROUP CLASSES
We do not offer 102 Merengue Group Classes because you can learn it for free 😊 Or you can take our Fun, Entertaining Salsa, Bachata, Cumbia Lessons for Beginners and Improvers in Houston, TX to later modify the turns into Merengue rhythm. Merengue will help you improve your basic body motion, coordination, leading and following techniques.
Level 102 is for students that have completed our Foundations 101 bootcamp on the weekend - see our calendar. If you never danced before, we recommend joining a 101 Bootcamp first. No partner required to attend the 102 classes, but please let us know you are coming.
Need more feedback? Can't come to weekly group lesson? Busy crazy schedule? You can learn at your own pace and comfort! Investing in Merengue Private dance lessons is the fastest, most effective way to becoming a proficient, knowledgeable, and confident dancer. It is the best way of improving your current level of dance skill - you will go from Zero to Dancing all at your own pace and at the flexibility of your own schedule.
Want to try us out? Free classes are for both the Absolute Beginner student to get a quick intro in dancing and for Improver students to warm up and practice last class figures and combinations. We go over some foundations of dancing and introduce what we will teach on the regular class.
SYLLABUS: TOPICS AND MOVES IN MERENGUE
Here are some of the moves that you will learn by combining 101 Bootcamps and 102 / 201 Group lessons. Each dance lesson is a Blast - designed especially for beginners, two left feet, and people with no dance experience what so ever!!! You will go from Zero to Dancing in no time!
Our courses are some of the best Dance Lessons in Houston / Pearland. These moves are not choreographed. They are 100% leadable. Each turn is Latin Nightclub-proof, authentic, and impressive. Each lesson is fun, effective, nice-paced, and you will be taught by a Dance Specialist and Education expert! You bet!
- Step and weight change drills
- Open and Close Frame connections
- Basic Step variations
- Body Movement drills
- Right and Left Turns
- Lock Turns
- Inside and Outside Turns
- Sweetheart wraps
- Hammerlock set up
- Hammerlock tunnel
- Hammerlock walk-around
- Sweetheart tunnel
- Arm techniques
- Combs and Brushes
OTHER SOCIAL DANCES THAT WE TEACH
We cover all major Latin Social Nightclub dances. Start with any given one and start enjoying fun weekend dancing the night away: Salsa, Bachata, Cumbia, Merengue, and Kizomba. Please note that Kizomba is not regularly being played at most dance clubs; however, some places hold special Kizomba party nights mixed with Bachata a few times per month. The Kizomba community is new so it is still growing and developing. As far as the other Latin dances, you can go dancing pretty much every night in Houston.