This flirtatious and cheeky Latin dance is characterized by its syncopated cha-cha-cha in each measure. It originated in the 1950s as a slowed down Mambo, but is also a stepchild of the Swing. The Cha Cha rhythm is found in much of today's popular music.
The Rumba is Cuban in origin, and the music is a mixture of Latin and African rhythms. This was a street dance of courtship and marriage that met opposition from the upper classes because of the suggestive body and hip movements. Originally a lively, peppy dance, its current form is slow and sensual, giving you the chance to really express yourself, as well as to perfect technique, develop your sense of rhythm and muscle control that is also used in the faster Latin dances.
Salsa music is hot and so is the dance. With its tight, compact movements, Salsa is an exciting social dance and is one of the most popular club dances around today.
The pulsing rhythm of the Samba and its fluid hip action make it one of the sexiest dances. When you hear the music, you'll just have to learn this lively Brazilian dance. Known to Brazilians as their native dance, in was first introduced in 1917, but was finally adopted by Brazilian society in 1930. It is known as the "party dance".
Jive is the International Style version of swing and it is danced competitively around the world. This dance is very bouncy, with very sharp flicks and kicks. It is danced to a faster tempo of swing music.
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