Latin American

The five Latin American dances are as diverse as the cultures and musical influences that are at their roots. The Cuban music of Rumba and Cha Cha Cha, and the Brazilian rhythms of Samba all have some origins in the percussive accents of Africa. The 2/4 military march of the Paso Doble is in complete contrast, and different once again is the easy swing of the Jive, born of the Ragtime music from New Orleans.

Understanding rhythm & movement

Appreciating the relationship between the centre of the body, the legs and feet, and the shoulders and arms, is essential to teaching a rhythmical quality of movement. We help our professionals to build their understanding of where the specific body shaping and actions that are used in the different dances are initiated, and how the chain of movement develops to produce a strong and expressive rhythmic expression and characterisation.

I travelled from India to train with Marion in Latin & Ballroom dancing & I found a goal in life that I had never believed achievable. More than my dance teacher, she was my mentor.

Varsha Chowdhury, Sydney, Australia

Online tutorials

Our interactive online tutorials will provide you with a clear knowledge of the theory to the figures in each of the dances at Associate, Licentiate and Fellowship levels. The alternative methods of dancing each figure are studied, with discussion on the various amalgamations that can be created for each medal test level, giving you varied and interesting classwork for your school. 

Your Options

Individual tuition

Our Latin American dance training is provided through a blended learning solution, which offers studio training, online interactive tutorials and a video service. Contact us today and we will create a programme designed specifically for you.

Events & courses

September 25th: Open Day for teachers, introducing ISTD Grades 1 to 6, Intermediate & the DDI Dance Practice Unit. Contact us for more information.

Teachers’ Course covering Grades 1 to 5, for general teaching purposes and preparation for DDI Dance Practice.

ISTD Diploma in Dance Instruction (DDI), unit 2: Promotion of Health and Safety in Dance. Venue: Maria Stavrou School of Dance, Galatsi, Athens, Greece. N.B. This contextual studies course is common to all dance genres.


We teach regularly in Athens, Greece, as well as holding monthly training schedules in England. Please contact us for specific dates. We also travel to deliver training courses to teachers in their own schools, so talk to us and we can arrange a visit to you.

Examination news

December 2016, date to be announced:  Session in Hertfordshire, England.

February 2017, date to be announced:  Session in Athens, Greece.


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