Music - Teachers' Picks - Kevin

Category: Music / Last Updated: Wed May 15 / Written By: Ben

We each have our own music that we like to dance to, for many different reasons.  In this series of blog articles, I asked each of the team to put together a selection of songs they love to dance to, and tell me a little bit about why they chose them.  

Kevin

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I chose these songs and artists not just because I love the songs, but also because it’s easy for me to find the beat.  It's also easy for my members to learn how to find the rhythm in these songs.

I love music, it gives me joy and an out-of-this-world feeling.

Please feel free to listen, and chat we me about the songs you like.

 

Rumba

  • Better Together - jack johnson
  • Nervous - Shawn
  • She’s a Lady  - Tom Jones
  • Where Did My Baby Go - John Legend

These songs are good for weddings and couples.  They have a really good rumba beat which I find easy to identify.  They're also all upbeat modern songs.

I also like Tom Jones.

 

Cha Cha

  • Cake by the Ocean - DNCE
  • 24k Magic - Bruno Mars
  • Sol Y Sombre - Cat Empire
  • Tea for Two - The Cha Cha version - Enzo Squillino

Everything in Cha Cha is upbeat. Tea for Two is a 'classic' cha cha song - It inspires me and reminds me of a hotel lobby or foyer!

 

Bachata

  • Te Vas - Grupo Extra
  • Promise- Usher, Romeo Santos

I like the beat of these songs, because it's easy to hear and I don't find them annoying either.

 

Merengue

  • La Mordidita - Ricky Martin
  • She bangs - Rocky Martin

These are two most common modern merengue sonogs, and they're always 'in' - no matter what party you're at people will dance to these songs.

 

Salsa

  • Vivid mi vida -  Marc Anthony
  • Taki Taki - DJ Snake & others

 

Rock 'n Roll

  • Can’t Buy Me Love - The Beatles
  • Fishies - Cat Empire
  • Happy - Pharrell Williams
  • I’m Still Standing - Elton John

These are a mix of eras and artists.  These are happy songs (CBML and ISS are always used in show dances (like a Showcase or Performance) back in the Philippines).  Fishies is a great song to challenge people for a fast Rock 'n' Roll.

 

Swing

  • My Same - Adele
  • Sugar sugar - The Archies
  • Stray Cat Strut - Stray Cats

My Same is a slow swing.  I think these are all good songs to practice your swing.

 

Samba

  • La Bomba - Azul Azul
  • La Isla Bonita - Madonna

 

Foxtrot

  • My Same - Adele
  • I’ve got the world on a string - Michael Bublé
  • LOVE - Michael Bublé

My same is a good swing and foxtrot, these songs are good happy Foxtrots!

 

Waltz

  • At This Moment - Michael Buble
  • Be Good (Lion’s song) - Gregory Porter
  • Gravity - John Mayer

Ben found Lion's song. It's a good song for timing, but it is very long long also.

 

Argentine Tango

  • Por Una Cabanaz - Carlos Gardel
  • To Tango Tis Nefelis - Haris Alexiou
  • Poema - Francisco Canario

I like the instruments and the singing in these songs 

 

Viennese Waltz

  • Runaway - The Corrs
  • Iris - The Goo Goo Dols
  • Dive - Ed Sheeran

These songs are good for practice, but look out for the change in Iris's beat after 2:20 until 3:20.

 

Quickstep

  • Sing, Sing, Sing - Benny Goodman
  • In The Mood - Quickstep version - Tony Burgos Orchestra
  • Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue - Tony Evans

This music always played when I was younger and learning QS so it has familiar fond memories for me.

 

Now here is the playlist!

You can follow QuickSteps1 on Spotify for playlists with songs on individual styles, and QuickSteps2 on Spotify for playlists from our Dance Parties and Teacher Playlists!

 

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