Latin Dance Styles
Are you thinking about learning a new dance style or improving your technique? But what’s the difference between Salsa dancing, Bachata dancing, Cha Cha dancing and Kizomba dancing? And how does Sosa Style Salsa differ from traditional Salsa? What exactly is Daniel and Desiree style? Who are Isabelle and Felicien?
You’re in the right place! Find out the differences between our most popular classes to help you decide what Latin dance class is right for you.
What is Salsa Dancing?
Merengue. Rumba. Samba. Cha-Cha-Cha. Salsa is a popular style of social dancing that has evolved to include these distinct styles and more. It’s a sexy and fun style that involves taking three steps to every four beats of music - the basic salsa step, for example, uses 8 beats, however you won’t step on all 8 beats. Your feet will move on beats 1, 2, 3, pausing on 4. You’ll move again for beats 5, 6, 7 and then pause on 8.
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Sosa Style Salsa is another unique style of social dancing that combines the basics of salsa mixed with Afro-Cuban, Hip Hop, and Jazz styles.
What is Bachata Dancing?
While Salsa has roots in Cuba and Puerto Rico, Bachata originated in the streets of the Dominican Republic. It’s often slower and more romantic than the fast, sexy beat of Salsa, and it’s often recognizable by the sound of a guitar with a synthesizer. The basics of Bachata are three-steps with a tap and hip movement. Dancers often bend their knees for more swap in the hips ... this movement is especially important with the Bachata style, where the upper body moves less than the lower body.
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Like Salsa dancing, there are different styles of Bachata. Sensual Bachata is a style that incorporates the basic style of Bachata, with the addition of more circular movements, body waves, isolations and dips. Take a look at Daniel and Desiree below:
What is Kizomba Dancing?
Kizomba is a slower, romantic, more sensuous rhythm than the traditional Angolan Semba dance. The dance and music originating from Angola. If you haven't seen Isabelle and Felicien style of Kizomba take a look below:
What is Cha Cha Dancing?
The cha-cha-chá, informally called 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 1950s. This rhythm was developed from the danzón-mambo. The name of the dance is an onomatopoeia derived from the shuffling sound of the dancers' feet when they dance the three consecutive quick steps that characterize the dance. Just watch how Tania & Adolfo dance the Cha Cha.
What is Zumba?
Zumba is a fitness program that combines Latin and international music with dance moves. Zumba routines incorporate interval training — alternating fast and slow rhythms — and resistance training.
An aerobic activity, Zumba can count toward the 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity recommended for most healthy adults by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Aerobic exercise reduces health risks, keeps excess pounds at bay, strengthens your heart and boosts your mood. If you enjoy Zumba, you're also more likely to do it regularly — and experience its benefits as an aerobic exercise.
As with any exercise, if a certain movement or position hurts, try to modify the workout to avoid the aggravating activities. Also, anytime you're training with resistance, remember that proper technique is important. Don't get so caught up in your dancing that you forget proper form.
Thinking about dancing at Latin Revolution Dance Academy? We’ll make sure you have fun learning a new dance style or improving your technique! Our studio is located on Lake Shore Blvd. W, Etobicoke and offers a flexible schedule to meet your needs. View our schedule and book a class today!