Dance styles

Salsa LA

LA style salsa moves are designed to dazzle the spectator – exciting, sexy and flamboyant with lots of dips, spins and drops. The dominant influences are from Puerto Rican salsa, Latin Ballroom and probably Lindy Hop (an American dance that evolved in Harlem, New York City, in the 1920s and 1930s and originally evolved with the jazz music of ...

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Bachata

The dance of loveBachata was not as popular in the past as it is today. Its origins can be traced back to the beginning of the 20th century, as it was a mix of Bolero (a slow and sensual dance) and African elements At that time, due to the sharp class separation in the Dominican Republic, Bachata was considered unrefined ...

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Kizomba

Kizomba is one of the most popular genres of dance and music originating from Angola.  It is a derivative of semba, with a mix of Kilapanda and Angolan Merengue,  and sung generally in Portuguese. It is music with a romantic flow. It was the Kimbundu name for a dance in Angola as early as 1894. The kizomba dancing style is also known to ...

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Cha Cha

The cha-cha dance is a dance that originated from Cuba and was originally known as the cha-cha-cha. The dance gained popularity around the 1950's and was created from two other dances – the 'mambo' and the 'danzon'. While working with the charanga group 'Orquesta America' in Cuba to perform at dance halls in Havana, Enrique Jorrin, a violinist ...

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Reggaeton

Reggaeton (also known as reggaetón and reguetón) is a musical genre which originated in Puerto Rico during the late 1990s. It is influenced by hip hop and Latin American and Caribbean music. Vocals include rapping and singing, typically in Spanish.Often mistaken for reggae or reggae en espanol, reggaeton is a younger genre which originated in ...

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Merengue

The Merengue is the national dance of the Dominican Republic, and also to some extent, of Haiti, the neighbor sharing the island. There are two popular versions of the of the origin of the Dominican national dance, the Merengue. One story alleges the dance originated with slaves who were chained together and, of necessity, were forced to drag one ...

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Rueda de Casino

Rueda de Casino (Rueda) is a particular type of Salsa round dance, born from Casino. People incorrectly call it "Casino Rueda" or "Cuban Salsa." The origins of the name Casino are the casinos deportivos, the dance halls where a lot of social dancing was done among the affluent, white Cubans during the mid-20th century and onward. Casino danced ...

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Afro House

Afro-House blends traditional forms of Afro-Caribbean movement rooted in regions of the Caribbean, South America and Africa with the high-energy, improvised movements of House dancing that emphasize fast footwork and acrobatic styling (some moves are called “jacking” and “voguing” a la Madonna).

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Zumba

The story of Zumba begins with an accident that seems too good to be true. Back in the '90s in Colombia, dancer and choreographer Alberto Perez was teaching an aerobics class and he forgot his regular music. So he reached into his backpack and pulled out tapes of salsa and merengue. Founded in 2001, Zumba Fitness®  is a worldwide lifestyle ...

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