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Dance Parties

1st & 3rd Friday
R&B Line Dance Party
8:00p – 1:00a

Every Saturday
Latin Night Salsa Party
8:3 0p – 2:00a

1st & 3rd Sunday
Tango Brunch Milonga

12:00p– 3:00p

1st & 3rd Sunday
Ballroom Mix Party
3:00p – 6:30p

Every Wednesday West Coast Swing & Hustle Party 8:30p-11:00p

No partner necessary
Wear comfortable shoes

All classes are $12
Lesson Pricing Info.

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Where to dance
in South Jersey

Frequently-asked questions

Do I need a dance partner to take lessons?
No, the majority of students who take classes come alone. Also, the best way to learn is to have different dance partners, so partners are rotated frequently during every class.

What's the cost for a class?
Classes range from $7 to $12. Always check our calendar to see information.
See our Fees page for more details. Classes at our dance parties are free.

Can I get private lessons? And if so, how much do they cost?
Yes, private lessons are available and need to be scheduled in advance. Private lessons cost $75 for the hour up to 5 people per private lesson. Please note, private lesson costs for groups of six or more differ from above.

What do I wear?
SALSA: Something casual and comfortable are your best bets. Please wear shoes that you will most likely be dancing in. Avoid wearing sneakers and work boots. These may add stress to your joints and are cumbersome.

ZUMBA & KICKBOXING: Anything comfortable that you would like to sweat in.Gym wear, Sweat pants, sneakers, and/or a T-shirt etc.

BELLYDANCE: Bellydance top/pants or yoga pants with a tank top or sprots bra. Hipscarfs are recommened to wear, we have some avaialble.

How long will it take to learn?
Like any physical activity, much depends on natural ability and the desire to pursue it.

Where can I go dancing?
Some of the South Jersey area's favorites are the Atrium's Saturday Latin night, the Stardust and others. For ballroom, many attend our Sunday Ballroom Mix party.

There are many dances and venues to visit throught the week. Please see our new dance venues page for more information about where to dance in the South Jersey Area. See a complete list of dance parties at the Atrium.

What is Casino Rueda?
Casino Rueda is the most exhilarating style of Salsa dancing, sometimes referred to as "Casino" or "Cuban Square Dancing". In the 1950's, in a Havana social club called El Casino Deportivo, Casino was born. Many great dancers gathered there for friendly competitions. They would practice all week to invent new moves and go to the club to show them off. Soon they began to dance the moves together. In order to keep a distinction between one move and another, they began naming them—creating what is known today as Casino Rueda. Rueda is the Spanish word for wheel. Two or more couples get together and form a circle or a Rueda. The leader of the Rueda calls out the commands and the couples respond by performing the moves simultaneously exchanging partners in response to the callers instruction, much like what is done in Square Dancing. Many of the moves also have hand signals as well as names, in order to be able to dance in a loud club setting.

The Rueda can be as small as two couples, or—as large as a space can hold—hundreds of couples. As a result of the Castro regime and the arrival of Cuban exiles, Casino Rueda began to slowly make it's way into the Miami salsa community and in the late 1980's and early 1990's it experienced an enormous explosion of popularity. The emergence of Rueda outside of Cuba began in Miami but has now spread to many salsa communities all over the U.S.

In Miami, Casino has been so embraced that one is hard pressed to find a nightclub in which Casino or Rueda is not danced. Casino has grown not just in size, but also in complexity and style. As the time progressed some additional influences (such as Disco and Mambo) have affected the dance, however today's Ruedas are quite similar to those of 50 years ago. Dancing Salsa is a way of connecting with someone physically and mentally. When you dance with a partner you both have to be in sync with one another and this creates a bond. In Rueda the energy extends to the entire group.

4721 N. Crescent Blvd. (Route 130)
Pennsauken, NJ 08110


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