Paso Doble

The Paso Doble was a military march that emulates the movements of a matador for the man and the cape for the woman. It is believed to have come from Southern France and many of the terms relating to the dance are French.

Ballroom Paso Doble dancing is heavily choreographed and is usually performed in competitions and rarely danced socially.

Performed on the night by Lorraine and Jimmy to “Espana Cani” by The Harmony Group and DJ Ice

Argentine Tango

The Argentine Tango was born in the wealthy suburbs of Buenos Aires in the late 19th Century. Typically it has a 2/4 or 4/4 timing.

This dance is a slow, almost walking pace, set-up that is based on passion and feeling the music. Feeling the emotion and dancing at the relevant speed is key to the Tango.

Performed on the night by Holly and Tiarnan to “Asi se baile el Tango” by Veronica Verdier

American Smooth Foxtrot

American Smooth along with American rhythm are the two forms of ballroom dancing that make-up the American style. It is made up of four dances; the Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot and Viennese Waltz. The dance is influenced by Fred Astaire and Arthur Murray amongst others.

The Foxtrot is a smooth dance and is known for its long, continuous flowing movements across the width and depth of the dance floor. It was developed in the 1910s reached its height in popularity in the 1930s.

Performed on the night by Jessica and John to “I Just Haven’t Met You Yet” by Michael Bublé


Disco is a dance that was created from the music and subculture of Disco in the US in the late 60s and early 70s.

This movement was made famous by Donna Summer, the Bee Gees, Gloria Gaynor and a host of others.

Disco dance moves include the Bump, Penguin, the Boogaloo and the Robot.

Performed on the night by Bronwyn and Joe to “Disco Inferno” by The Trammps


Caroline and David to “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire


This is a Latin dance and is a mix of different Cuban dances. There are many different regional versions of the Salsa, most of which are North American.

In Salsa, weight shifts are done in the hips with arm and shoulder movements incorporated.

With the New York style, the dancers remain in front of each other while in the Cuban style they circle around each other.

Performed on the night by Marcus and Maria to “Mas Que Nada” by Sergio Mendes and Black-Eyed Peas

The Charleston

Charleston is a harbour city in South Carolina. South Carolina is known as the Palmetto State due to the fact its main forth was built on spongey palmetto wood which helped repel a British attack as the cannonballs simply bounced off the fortress. Perhaps it is no surprise the Charleston dance is characterised by its bouncy rhythmic movements.

The Charleston made its debut to the wider world in 1923 in the Broadway show Runnin’ Wild. It is comprised of the African dance Juba and consists of fast footwork with twisting, bouncing heelwork and swinging arms.

Performed on the night by Aoife and Harry to “Pencil Full of Lead” by Paolo Nutini


Susan and Paul to “Happy” by C2C


Swing dancing was born out of the jazz movement of the 1920s in the USA. As the sound develope, so too did the dances and this involved incorporating the popular dances at the time like the Charleston and foxtrot. This would eventually become the lindy hop, a dance many credit as the genesis of swing.

There are many forms of swing and the most popular include lindy hop, jive, the jitterbug and west coast swing. Swing is an exciting fast-paced dance and the participants hold hands.

Performed on the night by Úna and Michael to “Do You Love Me?” by The Contours


The Jive is a dance formed from African-American dances in the 1930s. It’s a more uninhabited version of the Jitterbug. Cab Calloway was an early proponent and it brought it to the attention of the wider public.

It is a very happy and ‘boppy’ dance with the lifting and bending of knees and rocking of the hips commonplace. This dance is usually performed to Swing or Rock music.

Performed on the night by Sharyn and Przemek to “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins


Máire and David to “Happy” by Pharrell Williams

Active Retirement Trip to the Abbey Theatre

On January 22nd, the Active Retirement Group took a trip to the historic Abbey Theatre. We were given an exclusive and in-depth tour of the theatre, stage, and backstage. We were shown how the special effects worked and how the character wigs were made. We grabbed lunch at Wynn’s Hotel before setting back to the Abbey to see ‘Drama at Inish’. It was a great day filled with laughs!


Tickets €5 Available in Ozanam House, 53 Mountjoy Square West, Dublin 1 and on the night!

WIN A 3 NIGHT CITY BREAK To Vienna, Lisbon, Krakow, Berlin or Budapest.
An overnight stay with dinner in Ashford Castle.
An overnight stay with dinner Mount Wolsely
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