LATIN AMERICAN DANCES

Cha-cha-cha

The cha-cha-cha is a dance of Cuban origin. It is danced to the music of the same name introduced by Cuban composer and violinist Enrique Jorrin in the early 1950's. 

 

Cha Cha is a lively, fun, cheeky and playful dance. It is a non-progressive dance that emphasizes Cuban motion, distinguished by the chasses (cha-cha-cha) typically danced during the 4&1 counts of the music.

 

Samba

 

Ballroom samba is a lively, rhythmical dance with elements of the Brazilian Samba.

To achieve the true character of the Samba, a dancer must give it a happy, flirtatious and exuberant interpretation. Principal characteristics of the Samba are the rapid steps and the pronounced rocking motion and sway of the dancing couple.

 

Rumba

Rumba is universally recognized as the dance of love. It is danced to slow, sensual music with a Latin beat and features a hip action known as “Cuban Motion.” The ballroom version of rumba dance originates from Cuba where it was derived from a dance called Bolero-Son.

The international ballroom rumba dance tempo is slower than American rumba. 

 

Paso Doble

 

Paso doble is a dance that emulates the movements of a bullfight. Although Paso doble is rooted in Spanish traditions, it is believed to have been created in Southern French culture during the 1930s. 

The man portrays the matador in the dance, and the woman portrays the bull. There are also flamenco-like qualities throughout the dance as the man and woman challenge each other.

 
 

Jive 

Jive originated in the United States from African-Americans in the early 1940s. It is a lively and uninhibited variation of the earlier forms of Swing dance such as the Jitterbug.

The basic look and feel of jive is that it is performed with lots of energy, with the legs portraying a pumping action.