Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of clothes do I wear to class?

​During Classes, just be comfortable, think business casual.

Dance Parties think more fashionable & formal clothing.

Generally speaking, wear snug to comfortable fitting shoes and only sandals with back straps. Preferably shoes that do not make black marks on the floor.Specific locations recommendations for shoes:


GottaDanceNOW Home Studio:This professional wood floor is both floating and sprung, because it can never be refinished, we dance only with dance shoes, new shoes or stocking feet.  Most men agree they are more comfortable learning in socks when they cannot hurt the ladies toes.

Carla's Dance Factory has wood floor, any dance shoe works great.


What should I wear on my feet?
What comments do you hear after the weddings?
Brides tell me their dress was too long and often the bustle breaks during dancing. I always recommend the brides' attendents bring large safety pins. Just take smaller steps during the specially presented dances: First Dance, Daddy Daughter and Groom and Mother.

FAQ and Song List

Sondra Chan
Certified American Ballroom Dance Instructor
ProDVIDA member with an Associate of Dance Degree


What is the difference between ‘Ballroom’, ‘Wedding’, ‘Social’ and ‘Free Style’ Dancing?

Free style is anything danced physically independent of each other.  Wedding Dancing is Social Dancing, it’s mostly Ballroom Dancing and it is also termed, partnership dancing.
American Ballroom is indeed social dancing and is divided 
by two categories: Smooth and Rhythm.

The Smooth dances includes the Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango and Viennese Waltz.

Which are American Ballroom.

QuickStep is in the Smooth category of International Ballroom.

Smooth dances progress or flow ‘smoothly’, counter clockwise around the dance floor in what is called:  Line Of Dance or LOD.

Rhythm Dances: are mostly ‘Spot Dances’, danced in one spot, they do not progress. Rhythm dances include all the Swing and Latin dances.
Swing dances: East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Carolina Shag &  Swing Hustle.  Latin dances: Cha Cha, Rumba, Salsa, Merengue, Samba, Mambo, Bachata, Cumbia and more.
Rhythm also includes Nightclub 2-Step & Bolero, and more, these dances are well liked and danced socially.  I consider them ‘adopted’ into the Rhythm category of Ballroom, since Ballroom instructors teach them as well.


How do I know what to dance to what music?
When you learn the dances, you learn the beat and can count it out and feel it by the characteristics of the music. So in essence, you learn as you go, so be patient, it will come to you in time. I have cheat sheets at my monthly dance parties to help assist dancers.

To help my students, I’ve started a list of just some songs. ( scroll down)
You may find some songs in more than one dance, like Kokomo, you may dance:  Rumba, Cha, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing and Nightclub 2-Step to this song.

This list is in the works yet.
So far:

American Style Rhythm included Latin and Swing Dances:

Cha Cha 

Cha Cha is lively, fun and emphasizes Cuban Motion, it is a rhythm expressed throughout the body.

Jesus Is The Lamb, 
Don’t Ya Wanna Be Remebered, Carman
Walking On The Sun
Then The Morning Comes
With All My Heart
(You Drive Me ) Crazy
I Need to Know, 
Lady Marmalade,
You Give Love A Bad Name, 
Push It, 
Livin on a Prayer,
Love Potion #9, 
Who’s Zoomin Who?
I Knew You were waiting for me, 
I Want You Back, 
Stay With Me Tonight, 
I Want It That Way, 
Larger Than Life,
Corozon Espinado, 
Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, 
Let’s Get Loud, Jaylo (fast)
Give It To Me 
I’m Too Sexy
Blurred Lines
Get This Party Started
Life Is A Highway
Walk Like An Egyptan
Take A Chance On Me
Billy Jean
Beat It
Bang Bang
Wild Thing
Madonna Medley
I Can See Clearly Now
Give Me Just One More Night
My Maria
It’s My Life
Addicted To Love
Pink Cadillac
Forget You
Black Cat
Stir It Up
Smooth Operator
La La, by The Hit Crew
Oye Como Va
You Drive Me Crazy
Lady Ga Ga Applause
La La Hit Crew
Escapade…Most of Michael Jackson music and Janet Jackson
Broken Hearted Karmin



Sometimes called the ’Dance of LOVE.’
Rumba is distinguished by its romantic feel, perhaps the most important characteristic is the continuous and flowing Cuban Motion
which is what gives Rumba its sensual look.

~ Latin:
Enamorado De Ti  by Elvis Crespo ( my favorite )
Live To Tell & One More Chance by Madona
Land of the Sea and Sun, 
Coconut Woman by Harry Belafonte
Spanish Harlem, 
United Together, 
Ever Changing Times, by Aretha
Como Me Duele Perderte by Gloria
Spanish Eyes
Dame Otra Oportunidad/ GE
Please Don’t Cry

~ Motown Rumba Songs:
My Guy
My Cherie Amour
Just My Imagination
What’s Going On
I’ll be There

~ 50 /60’s Rumba Songs:
Under The Boardwalk, 
Cry To Me, 
Be My Baby, 
Stand By Me,
Save The Last Dance For Me,
My Girl, 
Dream Lover, 
Good Morning Sunshine
Moon River by Jerry Butler (no kidding, usually Moon River is a Waltz)

~ County Rumba Songs:
Feels So Right
I’ve Got Sunshine
The Closer You Get
We Really Shouldn’t Be Doing This

My Father’s Eyes
Wanted Dead Or Alive
Father Figure
Heal The Pain
By Your Side
Beautiful Day
Better Together
My Love
New Kid In Town
Heal The Pain
You’ve Got A Friend
Fields of Gold
Save The Last Dance For Me
Never Say Good-Bye
New Kid In Town, Eagles
Moon dance
In Your Eyes
I’d Do Anything For You
With Arms Wide Open
Always You and I
All This Love
She Will Be Loved

Salsa is a syncopated sexy dance characterized by strong Cuban Motion body isolations and intricate turning combinations.
With Salsa the Dancer can choose to break on the 1, 2 or 6, most common is to break on the ‘1’. 
Livin’ La Vida Loca
Biddi Biddi Bom Bom,
Amor Prohibido 
Como La Flor
Baila Esta Cumbia
Refugio De Amor (You Are My Home), Dance With Me
Que Hebria Sido De Mi,
Le Hare Feliz,
Hay Que Poner El Alma,
Apiadate De Mi, 
La Duena De Mis Amores, by Victor Manuelle
Por Amar
Se Da Todo
Ahora Quien
No Sabes Como Duele
Amor Adventurero, by Marc Anthony
Amor De Colegio, Willie Crespo
Que Lloro
Valio La Pena
Corazone Partio
Balio La Pena
By David Cedeno: Lady In Red and Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
Que Sera Que Sera
Se Que No Eres Feliz
Que Dira
Voy A Arrancarte De Mi
Fiesta Pa’Los Rumberos
Dame Un Chance
Dame Tu Corazon




Samba is upbeat, lively lovingly called the “Mexican Polka”.
It is the only spot dance which can also progresses around Line Of Dance. It is characterized by its’ bounce and rolling hip action.

Shake Your Bon Bon
All Night Long
La Bomba
Nina Bonita
Spanish Eyes by Ricky Martin
Whenever, whenever
My Way by Robin Williams
Spanish Lullaby Madonna
Jazz Machine  Black Machine
My Sanctuary
Samba Rio
Samba Commotion
Baila Baila Conmigo
Cuidado Con El Deseo
A Thousand Miles
Besos De Coral
You Move Me. Susan Ashton
Hit The Freeway
Samba de Orleu
La Isla Bonita

This is a fast and spicy dance characterized by strong Cuban Motion, staccato movement and expression of rhythm through the body. The dancer holds on count ‘1’ and breaks on the count of ‘2’. 
Mambo also features many swivels and spins.

Tricky Tricky
Mambo # 5
I Got A Girl
La Bamba
Do You Love Me
De Todo Un Poco
Para Donde Vas
Hula Love

This dance originated in the countryside and the rural neighborhoods of the Dominican Republic.  It has a four-step beat achieved with a walking Cuban hip motion, and a unique “pop”. 

Please Don’t Cry
Raulin Rodriguez
Ruben Del Rio
Joe Veras
Christian Christian
Alex Bueno
Yoskar Sarante
Daniel Moncion
Ruben Del Rio
Dame Otra Oportunidad
Monchy Alexandra
Frank Reyes
Geovanny Polacola Maca

Bolero is a slow dance characterized by smooth, gliding movement, dramatic arm styling with a lovely romantic sensual feeling.
Bolero is a mixture of three dances, it combines contra body movement from Tango, rise and fall from Waltz, and slow Cuban Motion from Rumba.

Falling Into You
Endless Summer Nights
Moon Glow (Rod’s version)
Come What May
Half Way To Heaven
Love Don’t Cost a Thing
You’ll See
I Do, Cherish You
My Baby You 
Crazy Love
Trapped By This Thing Called Love
Dance With Life (Brilliant Light)
Spanish Lullaby
All By Myself
Could This Be Love
Wonderful Tonight
Could This Be Love
All By Myself
Crazy Love
My Baby You
All In All
Por Un Beso
Nuestra Felicidad
Dos Gardenias
You Got It All
You’re Beautiful
Waiting For The World To Change
Jesus Take the Wheel

East Coast Swing

Swing is a fun and upbeat dance. Distinguished by it’s bounce, 
back break and swinging hip action, and it uses single double and triple rhythms.
Single Rhythm East Coast Swing  aka  Jitterbug

All Shook UP *
Boy From New York City 
Rock n Roll Music *
Great Ball Of Fire *
Good Golly Miss Molly *
Chantilly Lace *
Johnny B. Goode *
Dancin’ Party *
Quarter To Three, *
Splish Splash
Tutti Frutti
Rock N Robin
Blue Suede Shoes by Carl Perkins * (Elvis’s BPM is fast)
At The Hop: fast
Sea Cruise *
Fun Fun Fun *
Barbara Ann *
Little Duece Coupe ~ Triple
Dance Dance Dance
Barbara Ann *
Do You Wanna Dance
Surfin’ USA
Hound Dog
Still The One 
Wipe Out
The Twist *
It’s Party Time *
I’m a Believer *
Why Do Fool’s Fall In Love *
*Great tempo for beginners

Triple Rhythm East Coast Swing aka parts of Lindy Hop

You Shook Me All Night Long, ACDC
Pretty Woman
Old Time Rock n Roll, Bob Seger 
Operator, Ray’s Rock House* by MT
Respect, Think, Chain OF Fools by Aretha Franklin*
Flash Dance
Susie Q, Proud Mary, Fortunate Son, 
Hey Tonight and Around The Bend by CCR
Your Mama Don’t Dance 
The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Louie Louie*
Sugar Sugar*
Proud Mary*
Bop by Dan Seals
Ain’t Too Proud To Beg
Next To Me
Oh What A Night
The Shoop Shoop Song( It’s in his kiss)
Danger Zone
Good To Be Alive
Green Onions
Counting Stars
New Attitude by Patty LaBelle
Day Dream Believer by The Monkeys
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida by Iron Butterfly
Shoop Song by Cher
Tossin’ And Turnin’ by Bobby Lewis
Sweet Pea by Tommy Roe
Indian Lake by The Cowsills
The Batman Theme by the Marketts
Hang On Sloopy*
Love Shack
It’s Raining Men
I Saw Her Standing There
Pink Cadillac
Mony Mony
Keep Your Hands to Yourself
Honey, I’m good
We are Family
Summer of ‘69
Girls just Want To Have Fun
The Power Of Love
Still The One
Twist And Shout
Knock On Wood
Saturday Night
December 1963 (Oh What A Night)
Just Dance
Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us 
Hollywood Nights
Heart Ache Tonight
Dancing Queen
You Can Dance
Hippy Hippy Shake
Pinball Wizard/See Me, Feel Me
Little Deuce Coupe
I Get Around
I’m Good


West Coast Swing
West Coast Swing is smooth, no bounce, and danced in a ‘slot’.
WCS can be danced to a wide variety of music like, Rhythm and Blues, Country, Funk, Disco, Rock and Pop. My friend Martin Bozone is a WCS competitor, he recommends these professionals on YouTube: Jordan Frisabee, Kyle Red, Robert Royston and Brandi Tobias

Jack and Diane
Layla and Change The World, by Eric Clapton
Heartache Tonight
She Drives Me Crazy
Mustang Sally
Silver Spoon
Slip Away
Riding With The King, Marry You, I Wanna Be,
Since I Fell For You, Ain’t Nobody Like My Baby,
Don’t Go No Farther, She’s My Baby by BB. King
(Sittin’ on)  The Dock of the Bay
Eye Of The Tiger
Blueberry Hill
Groovy Situation
Groove Me
I Love Rock n Roll
Take The Money And Run
The River Of Dreams
Give Me One Reason
In The Midnight Hour
Another One Bits The Dust
Fast Car
Life’s Been Good
Minnie The Moocher
Cherry Bomb
Sweet Home Alabama
Hoodoo Tonk Woman
Drive By
Black Velvet
Tong Tied
One Direction-Best Song Ever
Everybody lOves Me
Layla, Change The World- Eric Clapton
Pink Houses
Back IN The High Life Again



Smooth Dance Catagory:

Is characterized by ‘rise and fall’ and sway.
The feet stay in contact with the floor, creating a smooth, gliding look Waltz has an elegant gracefulness with a romantic and sometimes sad feel to the music.

Come Away With Me, The Long Day is Over, Nora Jones 
Always, instrumental version by Strictly Ballroom
Take It To The Limit, Eagles
Could I have this dance, Ann Murray
Open Arms, Journey
Three Times A Lady,
Their Heats Were Dancing, Forest Sisters
Turn Around, Kenny Logins  
Flying Dreams, Kenny Logins
How Beautiful, Twila Paris
You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman, Aretha
The Spinning Wheel, Phil Coulter (Son’s favorite) plus by Phil:
Beautiful Dreamer, The Streets of Loredo,
The Band Played Waltzing Matilda,ha
Amazing Grace, and more by Phil Coulter.
Run For The Roses, Dan Fogelberg
Love is On The Way, Show Some Emotion, 
When I Need You, Celine Dion
Celebrate Me Home Kenny Logins 
Give Me Forever, I Do, John Tesh and James Ingram
Time In A Bottle
Your Song
Friends For Life 
You Light Up My Life Debby Boone
Edelweiss, instrumental as well as by Juie Andrews
Belonging, Secret Gardens very slow
You’ve Got A Way and
Great Is Thy Faithfulness by Kathy Troccoli 
All the Pretty Ponies
With A Little Help from my Friends
Love Is A Hunger
Santa Lucia, Perry Como
Are You Lonesome Tonight? Elvis Home recording
I Wonder Why, Curtis Stigers
If You Don’t Know Me By Now
Cherish The Treasure
Aspen Glow, Song Of Wyoming, Rocky Mountain Suite, 
Two shots Today, Rocky Mountain Suite, Starwood In Aspen, Cool Green and Shady, all by John Denver
A Time For Us
Rainbow Connection by both Kenny Logins and Original Soundtrack of The Muppets
Somewhere My Love
Moon River
When I Said I Do
My Cup Runneth Over, Ed Ames
True Love
The Sweetheart Tree
Between Now And Forever
With You I’m Born Again
Around The World
Love With Me
So This Is Love
If You Don’t Know Me By Now
Noel, Andy Williams
Secret Lovers
The Wedding Song
Weekend In New England by Barry Manilow, slow
Everybody Has a Dream Billy Joel
Forever Love, Liz Abelle
Prince of Egypt,
Right Time Of The Night, Glendon Smith
Show Some Emotion, 
Only One Road, Celine Dion
One More Try, George Michael
Please Take Me Back To Toy Land, Nat King Cole
Pretty Maids in a Row, 
Saturday Night, Eagles
So This Is Love, Ilene Woods & Mike Douglas
The Sweetheart Tree, Johnny Mathis
Overcome, Jeremy Camp
Mozart’s Lullaby, Bob Carlisle
What’ll I do, David Syme
Daddy’s Little Girl, Melody of Love, Al Martino
Marble Halls, Enya
When I call your name, Vince Gill




Key characteristics of the Foxtrot are smooth, gliding steps with a heel lead, controlled movement and an easygoing look. The Foxtrot is an all-purpose dance with the most variety that can be performed to many different styles of music.

Big Bands typically play 80% Foxtrot and 20% Swing.

Amazed, Lone Star 
The Power Of Love, Let’s Talk About Love,
Love Can Move Mountains, 
Because You Loved me, Celine Dion
When I’m With You
When I Fall In Love
The Best Is Yet To Come
Memories Of Us, Keith Urban
You’re The Meaning Of My Life,
Your Love Has Made Me Real,
It’s Your Love
Sweet Child Of Mine
Bless The Broken Road
Everything I do (I do for you)
A Wink And A smile
Recipe For Love
Never Saw A Miracle, Curtis Stigers
Anything Goes
Your Love Is King
Have I Told You Lately, Rod Stewart
Breathe, Faith Hill
Life Is A Dance, John Michael Montgomery
Just the way you are, Billy Joel
Longer Than, Dan Fogelberg
Mack The Knife, 
L. O. V. E. by Nat King Cole
I’ve Got The World On A String,
Blue Skies, New York New York
The Way You Look Tonight,
Come Dance With Me, 
Young At Heart,
You Are Too Marvelous For Words, 
Fly Me To The Moon, 
I’ve Got You Under My Skin, 
You Make Me Feel So Young
Love Is Here To Stay
It Had To Be You
(Much of Frank Sinatra’s music is FT)
Chapel Of Love,
You’ll Be In My Heart, Cirlcle Of Life, 
Can you Feel The Love Tonight? Phil Collins, Elton John?
Orange Colored Sky, Straighten Up And Fly Right, Natalie Cole
I’ve Got The World On a String, Fever
King Of The Road,
Cheek To Cheek
Nobody But Me, Lou Rawls
100 Years
Most of Michael Buble’ music
Angels All Around
Pink Panther / Hawaii 5.0. from a Ballroom CD
Memories are Made Of This, Dean Martin 
She’s Just Dance,
I Could Not Ask For More, Edwin McCain
My Wish
Father and Daughter, Paul Simon
Dance With Life (Brilliant Light), Phenomenon
On The Wings Of Love

Viennese Waltz
Approximately twice as fast as the Waltz, this dance is best characterized by speed.  With it’s elegance and turns using the rise and fall and sway Viennese Waltz has an air of magic. 

You and Me, Lifehouse
Complainte De La Butte, Moulin Rouge
After The Ball, Nat King Cole
Blue Danube Waltz
Years From Now
I loved her First, Heart Land
At Last
I Pledge My Love
Falling In and Out Of Love With You, Mariah Carey
Without Love
Under the Bridges of Paris with You
Pledge For Love
Sunrise Sunset
Whatever Will Be Will Be
Years From Now
Friends For Life
Kiss From A Rose
This Is Your Time
This Is Crazy Now
Before I knew Your Name  Bob Carlisle

American Tango is known for its’ close hold, low center of gravity and emphasis on Contra Body Movement.  Tango progresses in a stealthy, almost cat-like, very dramatic staccato or checking movement.

Tango of Roses
Love Birds
Hernando’s Hideaway
Besame’ Mucho 
Red Petticoats 
Midnight Tango
Ole Guapa
Blue Tango
Valentino’s Tango
Por La Vuelta
Whatever Lola Wants
Cell Block Tango
El Tango
El Choclo
El Tango De Roxanne
Guitar Tango
Isle Of Capri
La Cumparsita
La Paloma
Morning Dew
Adios Muchachos
Cell Block Tango
La Cumprasita
Whatever Lola Wants
Puerto Grande
Senor Gonzales
Tango Del Amor
Tango Verano


It’s own Category, usually considered Rhythm:

Nightclub Two-Step
Lady In Red
Love Will Keep Us Alive, Eagles
Talk About Us, JaLo
Spanish Eyes, M.Anthony
I Want To Take Forever Tonight
Always You And I
Hungry Eyes
Wonderful Tonight
We’ve Got Tonight
After the Love has gone
Ain’t no love
Drift Away
Against the Wind
On My Own
September Grass

Short for ‘Swing Hustle’ now often called the New York Hustle, was borrowed from numerous dance styles including Swing, Latin and Smooth Ballroom (incorporating it’s traveling movements and pivots.)  Due to the speed of Hustle, it is essential for the Leader and Follower to maintain eye contact as often as possible. The dancers should maintain a ‘rubber-like’ quality between them, moving away from the common center on all break steps and then rebounding to their next step. 

Ain’t it Funny
Good Vibrations
I Will Love Again
A Deeper Love
Turn the Beat Around
Solid As A Rock
Boogie Shoes
Upside Down
From a web site:
"Be My Lover & Sweet Dreams" by La Bouche 
"Think I'm in Trouble" by Expose 
•    "Too Blind to See" by Kim Sims 
•    "Finally" by CeCe Peniston 
•    "We Got A Love Thang" by CeCe Peniston 
•    "Lifeline" by CeCe Peniston 
•    "I'm Every Woman" by Whitney Houston 
•    "Vogue" by Madonna 
•    "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor 
•    "You've Got another Boyfriend" by the Jets 
•    "Fever" by Madonna 
•    "I've Been Thinkin' About You" by London Beat 
•    "Souvenirs" by Voyage 
•    Boogie Motion" by Beautiful Bend 
•    "Love is the Ultimate" by Ultimate 
•    "Come into my Heart" by USA-European Connection 
•    "If there's Love" by Amant 
•    "Move on up" by Destination 
•    "Born to be Alive" by Patrick Hernandez 
•    "Come to Me" France Joli 
•    "From here to Eternity" by Giorgio 
•    "Love in C Minor" by Cerrone 



BPM= Beats Per Minute
MPM= Measures Per Minute

Another resource:

 From internet:
Christian Dance Music
Best Answer:  Newsboys - You Are My King = night club 2 step 
Tree63 - Blessed Be Your Name = cha cha 
Switchfoot - Always = Viennese waltz 
Chris Tomlin - Indescribable = Viennese waltz 
Go Fish - The Solid Rock = swing 
JJ Heller - What Love Really Means = waltz 
Tenth Avenue North - Losing = rumba 
TobyMac - Me Without You = West coast swing 
Annette Moreno - Buscale = rumba 
Jaci Velasquez - Tango = cha cha 
Mary Mary - In the Morning = West coast swing or hustle 
The Jimmy Stahl Big Band - Step Into The sonshine = foxtrot 
Owl City - If My Heart Was A House = waltz 
Carman - Jesus Is The Lamb = samba 
Puchi Colón y su Orquesta - Mañana = salsa 
Switchfoot - This Is Home = rumba 
Britt Nicole - How We Roll = cha cha
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