Latin Dance

8 Amazing Styles of Dance

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The most sensual dance in the world. Very romantic and very social, Bachata is one of the most popular styles of Latin Dance! Bachata arose mid 20th century in the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean. Its roots are in African rhythms, Son, Bolero, Spanish guitar and Guira of Modern Bachata. It is now an international phenomenon.


Sexy, saucy and fun, a truly great club dance. Salsa is accessible and constantly evolving, as new generations come to the Salsa clubs. Popularity started in 1960’s era New York Latino dance clubs, Salsa originating from Cuban Son.


Fast and spicy, a dance characterized by strong Cuban motion, staccato movement and expression of rhythm through the body. The dancer holds on counts 1 and break on count 2. Mambo also features press lines, many swivels and spins. The Mambo frame is the same as the Rhythm frame. Mambo evolved from a fusion of Danzon, Cuban Son and American jazz. Danzon has its origins from Europe (chamber music) and African/Haitian drum rhythms..

Cha Cha

It’s fun, energetic, sexy, and flirtatious and is easily distinguished from other dances by its addictive “Step, Step, Cha Cha Cha” timing. Cha Cha originated in Cuba and evolved from a slow version of Mambo called “Triple Mambo” or Mambo with Guiro rhythm. This musical rhythm inspired dancers to dance a hip syncopation to the forward and back breaks of a mambo which later evolved into a triple step.


One of the most sensual of all the Latin dance styles, due to its slow rhythms and hip movements, that create intense bodily expressions. The man according to tradition plays the part of the “aggressive, sensually robust, rooster” partnered with the woman as the “defensive, coquettish hen”. Rumba combines Cuban Son, Danzon and African rythms. Cuban Rumba is a folkloric dance performed to a fiery orchestra of drums, originating from 16th century African slaves.


Great for beginners, the tempo of the music may be frenetic, however, the upper body is kept steady and turns are slow, typically four beats/steps per complete turn. It is the national dance of the Dominican Republic and also of Haiti with European and Afro Cuban origins.


Energetic and lively, this dance is currently popular in many parts of the world. Syncopated rhythms, bouncing actions, and rolling hip movements characterize the dance. Samba is the national dance of Brazil, celebrated every year during Carnival where hundreds of thousands of costumed revelers parade in the streets singing, drumming and dancing. In Brazil, samba remains a solo dance form, in the US, Samba evolved into a couple’s dance and was standardized as a ballroom dance in 1956.


Slowest of all the American Style Rhythm dances, Bolero is suspenseful, beautiful and expressive, combining the dance patterns of Rumba with the rise and fall action of the Waltz, danced to music in a tempo slower than Rumba. Bolero is often called the “Cuban Dance of Love” and is believed to have evolved from Afro-Cuban and Spanish folk dances such as the Danzon, Beguine and Fandango. Originally it was danced in its classical form, to the constant beat of drums.

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