Dances...


Salsa
SALSA originates from Cuba and Puerto Rico. A fusion of rhythms that has evolved into the music we hear today. The dance is a 4 by 4 rhythm, the dancers following the clavés, conga and cow bell, which can always be heard in Salsa music. Without the correct footwork you cannot dance Salsa as it is all about the rhythm.
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Merengue
MERENGUE originates from Dominican Republic. A very popular dance all over South America and the Caribbean. The dance can be executed to 'Merengue', 'Soca' or 'Calypso' music. A very simple 2 by 2 rhythm means it is an easy dance to learn.
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Tango
ARGENTINE TANGO as the name suggests originates from Argentina. There are two different styles of Tango. 'Tango de Orillero' which started in the outskirts of town. Chairs and tables were pushed out of the way in bars/cafes, so only small dance areas were available. The style illustrates this with the man moving around his partner. Later Tango moved into town and was danced by the high-classes in large dance halls and 'Tango de Salon' was born. Long walks were added to the dance which gives 'Salon Tango' its distinctive style. Listen to sample music...


Rumba
RUMBA has African, South American and Caribbean origins. A very sexy dance with lots of hip movements. The men take the role of the pursuer and the women try to protect their modesty.
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Cha Cha Cha
CHA - CHA - CHA developed from the Mambo. Danced in the slow Mambo tempo, using the distinct sound in the music where the three quick 'cha-cha-cha' steps are used followed by two slow steps.
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Mambo
MAMBO originates from Cuba. Also uses the 4 by 4 time with the break on the 2 and 4. This distinguishes it from the Salsa where the break is on the 1.
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Samba
SAMBA originates from Brazil. An upbeat dance with fast steps and lots of shimmy. Often seen at Carnivals and festivals. A light hearted fun dance.
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