What's Hot at QCB
Valentine's Day Sizzles!
The month of Love continues at Queen City Ballroom. On Valentine's Day, we have a special drink for you in addition to our regular fun party. Are we making it hot? Or are we keeping you cool? Either way, you will love our Strawberry Bellini recipe. It's the perfect libation for your celebration!
For the evening, we have a special mix of music dedicated to your more romantic side. There will be plenty of fun, so we invite couples and singles to participate in the Valentine's tradition. It's all about love in any form... affection, friendship, romance, ... and dance.
And here's a look at what's coming in the month of February and farther ahead:
February 21 - Latin Night - Get your Salsa shoes ready, and prepare for a night of fabulous fun. We're mixing Margaritas and playing the best of Cuban Salsa music hand imported from the island by our party host. Not only that, but the best of Caribbean dancers are here at QCB to dance the night away with you. Don't miss it.
Special Drink: Margarita
February 28 - Mardi Gras - Beads and bling... it's a Mardi Gras thing. There is no better way to put it. If you survive the amazing Feb. 25 holiday, it will be relived at QCB on Friday Feb. 28. We live it up in the true spirit of New Orleans. Come and enjoy some Zydeco music and see what the staff conjure up to thrill your imagination. Mardi Gras.... Everywhere else, it's just Tuesday. Special Drink: Hurricane
February Friendship Special
Who's eligible: Any friend who has never had lessons at Queen City Ballroom .
What do I do?: Invite your friend to a group lesson or party.
What do they get?: They get free admission to the group or party the night you bring them.
What do I get?: You receive points toward our February sweepstakes!
Who wins?: The students who bring the most guests during February win!
What are the prizes?:
1st Place - 10 Free Dance Lessons!
2nd Place - 5 Free Dance Lessons!
What's the Fine Print?: Ah... the fine print. Just this... You must have a minimum of 3 guests in February to qualify.
Bring your friends, and watch the QCB family grow. Show your love of dance, your love for your friends and your love for your favorite ballroom!
The History of Cha Cha
Cha Cha is a fun, flirty dance that grew out of the Cuban Mambo and became immensely popular in the United States in the 1950’s. It consists of triple chasse steps (cha cha cha’s) and rock steps.
Cha Cha has a modified Cuban Motion hip action, because of the speed. This is an exuberant dance that will get your heart pumping and put a smile on your face.
Cha Cha originated in Cuba and evolved from a slow version of Mambo called “Triple Mambo” or Mambo with guiro rhythm. In one of the original "Cha Cha" Orchestras, La Legendaria Orqesta Aragon, the singers were often seen to shuffle their feet sideways so they could feel the rhythm as they stayed close to the microphone. This musical rhythm inspired dancers to dance a hip syncopation to the forward and back breaks of a mambo and include this shuffle which later evolved to a triple step.
Enrique Jorrin, a Cuban Violinist created the first cha cha song in 1948. He named the rhythm after the shuffling sound the people's shoes made when dancing to this type of music.
In 1952, an English dance teacher Pierre Lavelle visited Cuba and saw people dancing this triple step to slow rumba and mambo music. On his return to Britain, he taught this as a separate dance. This later evolved to what we now know as Cha Cha.
Cha Cha was introduced to the US in 1954 replacing mambo as the latest dance craze. After its introduction to the US, the traditional violins and flutes were exchanged with big band instruments such as trumpets, trombones and saxophones.
Get a lesson from one of the USA and Europe's top coaches. Igor is at Queen City Ballroom February 15 & 16. He is a respected event organizer, adjudicator, and choreographer, and also part of the new leadership team at the Heritage DanceSport Championships. Sign up for a lesson with Igor right away!
Friday, Feb. 14
Valentine's Day is about love in all of its forms. While many are celebrating this special holiday with a loved one, we are inviting everyone to celebrate either romantically, or just celebrate your love of dance! Queen City Ballroom brings a special Valentine's Day celebration to you with DJ Daryl at the controls creating a blend of romantic and fun dance music for everybody.
In the spirit of love, we will have champagne and chocolates to serve, so all you have to bring is your dance shoes and a desire for fun!
Group Class begins at 8pm with the party commencing at 9 pm. Be sure to arrive early to get a table, and enjoy champagne, chocolate, and dance all courtesy of your favorite ballroom!
See you then!
Friday Feb. 14
8pm - Romantic Rumba Class
Saturday Feb. 15
9 am - Fitness with Daryl
9pm, National Margarita Day
9pm, The Big Easy
All Staff are at Heritage DanceSport in Asheville.
9pm, It's time to get moving!
Quote for the Week
“If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love."
— Maya Angelou - American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist