- Latin dance
Dances from Latin America
Latin dance typically includes dances originating in
Latin America, such as Cha cha cha, Rumba, Samba, Salsa, Mambo, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia, and Bolero. Some dance instructors also include Tango and Argentine Tangoin this list, although these differ from the rest in their style. In ArgentinaTango is not considered folk dance as is the case with dances like Chacarera, Gato, Escondidoand Zamba. Typical Bolivian folk dances are Morenada, Kullawada, Llamerada, Caporalesand the recently created Tinku. In Colombiaone of the typical dances is the Cumbia, not to be mistaken with Argentine Cumbia, a popular music genre influenced by Caribbean reggae and ska.
The second is a more formal usage, to describe a category of
International styleballroom dances, also called Latin American dances or International Latin. It consists of the following five dances: Cha cha, Rumba, Samba, Paso Doble, Jive. Notice that the last two dances are not in fact of Latin American origin. Compared to typical ballroom dance, Latin dances are generally faster-paced, more sensual, and have more rhythmic expression. Time is 4/4 straight rhythmor related. Couples in the basic position stand face-to-face. Music may be Latin American or contemporary popular music.
DanceSportcompetitions, with their formal classification of dance programs, the International Latin class is subdivided into Professional Latin and Amateur Latin categories, as may be seen in competition listings. This is because formal dance competitions are carried out separately for professionals and for amateurs. In United States, the Pro-Am category is also used, when competing couples consist of one professional and one amateur.
Dancesport World Champions (Professional Latin)
Dance and music of Latin America
List of dances
Glossary of partner dance terms
Latin American culture
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