Latin Disciplines

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Merengue

Merengue

Merengue is also a dance and music of the Dominican Republic. The merengue is a two-step beat requiring both partners to bend their knees slightly left and right as in a Cuban Hip swaying motion. The comparative simplicity of merengue's dance steps makes it an attractive to learn. It is essentially a fun dance and can be danced sensually as well.
International Latin Chacha

International Latin Chacha

Originally known as the Cha-Cha-Cha is a Latin American dance of Cuban origin. Became popular about 1954. Cha Cha is an offshoot of the Mambo. In the slow Mambo tempo, there was a distinct sound in the music that people began dancing to, calling the step the "Triple" Mambo. The name of the dance came from the shuffling sound of…
Bachata

Bachata

Bachata, a form of music and dance that originated in the countryside and the rural neighborhoods of CUBA and the Dominican Republic. Its subjects are often romantic; especially prevalent are tales of heartbreak and sadness. Bachata was created primarily by servants, who played it after their work days ended. They made the music out of ordinary objects like those commonly…
Miami Style Rueda

Miami Style Rueda

"Rueda de Miami" is a formal style with many rules based on a mix, hybridization of Rueda de Cuba and Salsa Los Angeles-style . Miami Rueda is different from Cuban Rueda only because so many people have dedicated their lives to teaching it and making it grow and is thus popular the world over. Dancers in Miami do add more…
Cuban Style Rueda

Cuban Style Rueda

Cuban style Rueda is more playful and it has less rules. They worry less of what people are thinking. Some moves are raw and naughty and it is all about fun. Sometimes the commands are mere instructions for new movements which is not rehearsed.
Rueda De Casino

Rueda De Casino

Rueda is a wheel dance. It was developed in Havana, Cuba in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Pairs of dancers form a circle, with dance moves called out by one person, a caller ( a king of the circle or 'LĂ­der' or 'cantante' in Spanish). Many moves have hand signs to complement the calls; these are useful in noisy…
Salsa Los Angeles

Salsa Los Angeles

L.A. style is danced on 1, in a slot. It is highly influenced by Hollywood and by the swing mambo dances. L.A. style emphasizes sensuousness, theatricality, bigger steps, speed and acrobatics.
Salsa

Salsa

The name "Salsa" is the Spanish word for sauce, connoting (in American Spanish) a spicy flavour. Salsa refers to a fusion of informal dance styles having roots in the Caribbean (especially in the US, Cuba and Puerto Rico), Latin and North America. Salsa is danced to Salsa music. There is a strong African influence in the music and the dance.…