Camelot Dance Club

Club Dances


The partner form of Hustle first became popular in 1977 when it was included in the movie “Saturday Night Fever.” Though that initial popularity faded, Hustle stayed around and eventually became an accepted “Ballroom Dance.” It is a slot dance, meaning that the couple dances in a “slot” pattern, with fast changes of places within that slot. It then expands to have the lady do many spins out and back, and is characterized by constant movement, especially by the lady.


Merengue is considered to be one of the simplest of all dances found in the ballroom world. It is danced to music with eight counts to a phrase and consists of marching steps combined with Cuban hip motion. It started out as a dance created by African slaves who worked and walked together while being chained together at the ankles. This movement was then combined with a dance they created after seeing the masters dance the French Minuet in the big house, a dance which they thought was boring, so to which they added an extra rhythmic element. The music came from the Dominican Republic and it was made the official dance of that nation by Rafael Trujillo. Many immigrants who came from that country settled in New York where it quickly became a favorite Club dance. The hip action was added as the dance became more Americanized. If you can count to eight, you can dance the merengue!

Nightclub Two-Step

Nightclub Two-Step was invented by Buddy Schwimmer in 1965, when he was 15 years old. He patterned the basic step of the dance after the Cross-Step-Cross-Touch step of the Surfer Stomp, a club dance popular at that time. The dance is danced to slow 4-count music with a Quick-Quick-Slow pattern. It is very smooth and lyrical and danced in traditional closed and/or open dance hold with no Cuban motion. Though not one of the traditional competition “Ballroom” dances, Nightclub Two-Step has grown steadily in popularity throughout the years since its inception. It is considered one of the “Club” dances, joining other such dances as “Hustle”, “Salsa” and “Merengue.” Many of the step patterns in Nightclub Two-Step are similar to those found in Salsa; Buddy has a list of 123 codified steps! Incidentally, you may recognize Buddy’s name as an award winning West Coast Swing dancer; he also is the father of “So You Think You Can Dance” second season’s winner Benji Schwimmer, and the third season’s 4th place finalist Lacey Schwimmer, most recently of “Dancing with the Stars”.


Salsa dancing originated in Cuba and other Caribbean Islands, and is a mixture of African Dance with European styling. When people refer to Salsa as being a “Hot Dance”, it most likely stems from the definition of the word “salsa” in American Spanish which means a “sauce with a spicy flavor.” Salsa is danced to music with four beats; the basic step consists of three weight-changes followed by a ‘Hold” on count four. Steps and amalgamations for Salsa and Mambo are often the same; the main difference is that in Salsa the dancer dances on 1-2-3 and holds on the four count while in Mambo the dancer holds the one count and dances on 2-3-4. Salsa is a fun and easy dance; come give it a try!