Women posing before performing a Latin dance choreography

Latin dance for adults

Who? Adults of all levels

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In this class, Latin dance moves are combined with other styles, resulting in exciting choreographies! Originating in Latin America, the genre includes dance styles such as Salsa, Mambo, Merengue, Rumba, Bachata, Bomba, Plena, and the Argentine Tango. Its roots go back all the way to the fifteenth century or possibly even further! Latin has evolved a lot throughout history and over time, different steps, rhythms and musical styles became distinct characteristics of each dance style. Nowadays mostly danced with a partner, this class borrows moves from the different styles and combines them into fun and energetic solo dance routines.

Being one of the most popular classes for adults in the school, this dance style is suitable for dancers of all levels. In this class, students learn a choreography where Latin dance moves are mixed with different dance styles on today’s music. Excellent for cardio and memory, this class is sure to express your sensuality and femininity. Quick paced rhythms and playful movements make the various dances endlessly entertaining. Class is over before you even realize it!

 

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Latin dance

Latin dancing is a collective word for all the major dance styles from various countries that constitute Central and South America. Reference to Latin dances will often be made during competitions and some of the dances that are pooled herein include cha-cha-cha, paso doble, samba, rumba, and the jive although its origin is not consistent with the others.

Origin of Latin dances

Although most of the dance styles that are identified with the Latin speaking countries are predominantly practiced there, most of them have influences from African movements. Many dances today are performed as ballroom performances or folk songs and that is ideally how they were conducted in earlier days. The dances were an intimate action of association during social events and most of them although can be performed in a group, are designed for couples. Some of the longstanding Latin dances that have stood the test of time are social types such as salsa, merengue, bachata, mambo, Rumba, plena, bomba, and the tango.

How to dance

The major distinct feature of Latin dances is the male and female performance which was not the norm in early European dances. The couples are supposed to make a circle in the ballroom where everyone present is able to see the uniformity of the moves made. While the song is going on, different portions of the rhythm required that couples interchange partners. Apart from enhancing social integration, Latin dances allow participants to have deeper appreciation for the music and the rhythm it creates.

It is possible to tell a story using dance and that has been the core of Latin dances for a long time. As people became more interested in the dance moves and ball rooms became smaller, it emerged that incorporating African moves resulted in smaller but elaborate steps. While the emphasis on African moves is to move the upper body, the feet, rotation at high speed and dynamic utilization of space, the Latin original dance styles emphasized on keeping the back upright and face focused upwards. Different dances are distinct in various ways; the following styles are the most popular in terms of performance and instruction.

Bachata – this dance has origins in the Dominican Republic. The dancers are supposed to move from side to side maintaining a four beat pattern. Due to the side movements, dancers inevitably exhibit elaborate hip movements.

Cha Cha Cha – originally from Cuba, the basic routine of the dance is to step backward or forward then shift body weight between the feet. The name of the style comes from the additional three quick steps that dancers make because many of them will count this part of the dance aloud.

Salsa – this is one of the most popular Latin dances in modern times and although its origin is the Caribbean, it bears a heavy African influence. The dance is performed by a couple in sync with one another and it is characterized by a combination of four beats two of which are quick steps, one is a slow step and the last can either be a pause or a tap. To make the dance fun to watch as well as to participate in, dancers will usually add turns and basic footwork to the routine.