A bit about the fun Latin dances we will teach you:
Is the most popular couples style of dance in the world,Merengue and it’s quit easy to learn. The good thing about salsa is that if you enjoy going out, we have regular monthly parties where you can put what you learn in class into practice on the social dance floor. Salsa is a dance style developed by Puerto Rican and Cuban immigrants to New York in the 60s and 70s, with music based on traditional Afro-cuban songs with bass and percussion instruments. https://youtu.be/kuNLT6ARs6U
Merengue is taught as a minor component of the Beginners classes to familiarise dancers with dance rhythm and dance holds using a simple step. Social dance nights and parties always include some Merengue dancing. It is good for getting less experienced dancers out onto the floor, yet can still be enjoyed by all. Merengue originates from the Dominican Republic and has a 2/4 time signature, meaning the step is 1,2,1,2..... The tempo of erengue is around 120-150 beats per minute.
This popular dance rhythm is from The Dominican Republic and has quite easy basics with a sensuous touch on the hips movement; it is an intense close dance style including many turn variations. Bachata is defined as fun, merriment, a good time, or a spree, but in the Dominican Republic, in addition to the emotional quality of fun and enjoyment suggested by the dictionary definition, it referred specifically to get-togethers that included music, drink, and food.
The Cha Cha is a lively, sassy, groovy dance characterized by the "cha-cha-cha" sound in the music, in fact the name of this dance is said to arise from the sound of sandals slapping against the floor in the Cha Cha Cha syncopation triple step.
A very popular social dance, danced mainly in partnership between man and woman moving and swaying to the beats of this groove inspiring ‘Cha Cha Cha’ sound, it is a close sibling dance to the Salsa with an added 3 step syncopation between the forward and back step.
In performance this dance is cheeky, sexy and playful.
Rueda de Casino
Rueda de Casino (Rueda,Casino Rueda,Salsa Rueda) is a type of round dancing of Salsa. It was developed in Cuba. Pairs of dancers form a circle, with dance moves called out by one person,a caller. Many moves have hand signs to complement the calls; these are useful in noisy venues. Many moves involve the swapping of partners. The names of the moves are mostly in Spanish, some in English (or Spanglish). https://youtu.be/yS58jwxQPFg, https://youtu.be/GPp7UX5d2n0
Is also a couple style of dance; it involves a lot of body movement and is considered the most sensual Latin dance in the world. Zouk is essentially a variation of Lambada - whilst Lambada is more acrobatic, Zouk is more stylized and utilizes a lot of turns. Although it is based upon that familiar 3/4 rhythm, it uses a fairly different footwork technique. https://youtu.be/T3rxSgbsNoo
The dance from Angola is danced very smoothly, slowly and sensuously, and with very fluid movements.
In addition, frequent simultaneous hip rotations coordinated between dance partners, particularly in the quieter refrains of the music. and the music is characterized by a slower and usually very romantic rhythm, sung generally in Portuguese.
It’s a slow sexy dance. Partners dance quite close. Music is generally sang in Portuguese but these days also many influence of Semba and Zouk. https://youtu.be/KNzQjnTWYhs