This is what makes one dance truly different from another dance. Focus on the character – and embrace it.
We all know, for instance, that waltz has rise and fall, but it’s necessary to emphasize how that rise and fall happens.
Samba has unique timing combined with a bounce step.
West coast swing has extension and compression AND can be danced to a wide variety of music, which totally changes the look and feel of the dance.
East coast swing has lilt (the appearance of bounce, while still remaining grounded and connected to the floor).
Arms are higher and more rounded in hustle – the only dance that has the “and 1″ count, and with the follower turning on most of the moves.
Quickstep has. . .well. . .quick steps – but it is HOW those quick steps happen and how they are connected that “make” this dance.
Tango combines a slow, slow, quick, quick, slow timing with attitude that is reflected in facial expressions and snappiness of the moves.
And, of course, Argentine tango has so many defining characteristics that make it unique.
I could go on and on about each and every dance style – this is just a sample.