Dance Vision Syllabus Helps Non Profit: Miracle Dance Foundation

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Dance Vision is thrilled to hear that our Dance Vision syllabus has helped shape the dance of youth in Brownsville, Texas. The Non Profit Miracle Dance Foundation, was created by Karen Deffner to simply bring positivity to tyoung students and helping to improve their self-esteem, confidence. As well as giving them a healthy lifestyle, encouraging positive life habits and improving their performance and physical coordination!
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How To Tell The Difference – Social Latin Dancing

If you are new to the dance world, it can be difficult to tell dances in the same genre apart. Here’s a quick guide to few in the ever-popular social Latin dance category!


Firstly, we’ll start with the simple and casual Merengue dance. Originally a Dominican dance (and the official dance of their country), Merengue is an easy dance to introduce a new student to Latin Dancing. It follows a very steady  1-2-1-2 beat with a simple hip motion that can be built upon later for other types of dance in the future. It’s a very social and lighthearted dancing, not nearly as passionate and intimate as most Latin dances.


Cha Cha, or “cha-cha-cha!”  is one of the more popular social Latin dances. Made popular in the 1950’s when Americans often visited Cuba. It’s often used danced to with Latin Pop and Latin Rock with moves that are sharp and attention-grabbing. It’s rhythm is easy to master, of course. One, two, cha-cha-cha! But the technique is a bit harder to master. Basic Cha Cha steps consist of a rockstep and chasse. That rockstep and, of course, flourishes and hip movement, this playful dance one of the most loved Latin dances today!



Originating from groovy and stylish 1970’s New York, Salsa dancing is a combination of dance styles. It’s based in techniques found in Cha Cha and Mambo with an influence of Swing dancing. The music it’s danced to has influence from African drums. The steps are usually two quick steps and one slow, and more advanced social salsa dancers will add flourishes and turns to add to their performance.



Samba originated in Brazil at the beginning of the 20th century. It is danced in 4/4 or 2/4 time and can be danced alone or with a partner.  This dance is very popular among Latin dances and is characterized by being danced to Samba music and the slight dropping movement that come with a small dropping action in basic steps.


Bachata is another social Latin dance originating from the Dominican Republic, named after Bachata guitar music. It’s a dance that is very close to the body and involves lots of hip swaying and turning. Typically the dance is done holding both hands but it tends to become more intimate, much like the tango.


Keep studying different types of Latin Dance and you will be able to recognize them with no problem. Never limit yourself to just the more popular ones! It’s wonderful and fun to know so many kinds of Latin dance and will earn respect among your peers.


American Style Smooth goes International


American Style Smooth has become one of the most beautiful dance styles in Ballroom dancing today and is growing in popularity around the world.  The DVIDA American Style Smooth Syllabus is being used extensively in countries such as Canada,  Trinidad️, Argentina, Greece, New Zealand, England, Switzerland, Australia️, South Africa️, China️️ and Ireland.  If you are near Watford, England and thinking of becoming DVIDA certified,  Susan Puttock specializes in American Style Smooth.

Susan Puttock is an Adjudicator, Championship Licensed Adjudicator, National Judge, and World Class Judge.   She and her late husband Brian, started their dancing career in England as Pre-Teens. They achieved success as amateur dancers making finals in all the major events. Upon turning professional, they placed second in the prestigious Rising Star at the British Championships. Emigrating to the U.S. they became U.S. Professional Standard Champions three years in a row and represented the U.S. at three World Championships, placing in the semi-final each time. They also co-organized the Nevada Star Ball.

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Susan Puttock DVIDA Examiner Bronze- Gold Smooth
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