Different Types of Dance (salsa, mambo, merengue, etc.)

dance types

Social Dances (practiced in duet)

Very graceful indeed, social dancing is based on the art of implementation, and following one’s partner.

The ballroom has five modern dances, including the waltz (the queen of ballroom dancing), the Viennese waltz, the tango, foxtrot and the quickstep; and five Latin dances: the cha-cha-cha (the most popular Latin dances), rumba, samba, paso doble and jive. Who hasn’t danced the waltz and cha-cha-cha at least once?

Some people who enroll in ballroom dancing quickly become addicted, and choose to compete. That is what is called Dancesport, which has two varieties (amateur style and international style), and which requires a greater investment of time and money than simple classes. The annual cost of Dancesport for a couple may reach $10,000 or more. Just think of the flamboyant costumes of the dancers, for a start!

Salsa (practiced in duet)

This Afro-Cuban dance is very popular. And for good reason! Rhythmic, languid, easy to learn, it is also an invigorating and enjoyable activity. There are several styles of salsa: Cuban, Colombian and Puerto Rican salsa, which includes the New York style and the style of Los Angeles. Here, we teach mainly the New York salsa. This Latin dance is very similar to the mambo.

Mambo (practiced in duet)

Of Latin Cuban origin and derived from African rhythms applied to the rumba, the mambo is a versatile dance that owes its existence to the music created by the Cuban artist Perez Prado in 1943.The mambo was considered a jazzy version of the Cuban rumba.

Merengue (practiced in duet)

Merengue is a style of very popular singing and dancing, native to the Dominican Republic. It was born in the early 19th century and is linked to merengue in Haiti. Since then, the merengue has become a form of Latin dance that is fun, easy and accessible to all.

The triple swing and jive (practiced in duet)

The triple swing is an energetic dance style that appeared in the 30s. It differs from other social dances by its tricks. In the 50s, raging from rock’n’roll fever, youth updated the more moderate swing into the acrobatic jive, which was called a competition version of rock’n’roll.

The Disco Hustle (practiced in duet)

Saturday Night Fever! This 1977 film has allowed the disco to be universally recognized. It was in New York at the legendary Studio 54 that disco began and triumphed. You can dance solo to beloved music of Martin Stevens, Gloria Gaynor, Village People and many more, but the Disco Hustle allows you to dance with a partner to these songs too, performing languid movements conducive to reconciliation.

Line dancing (danced solo in a group setting)

Line dancing is to dance to accurate choreography, in a line, and without a partner. This style of dance is very common, and has been very popular since the ’60s. This is an opportunity to develop friendly relations. Originally of the country music style, line dancing now covers a wide range of musical styles (rock, samba, disco, etc.). One need only think of the macarena, which was very popular a few years ago.

Hip-hop (to dance solo)

Hip-hop is a lifestyle that emerged in the United States in the early 70s, and has since spread worldwide. Hip-hop, known as American break dancing, also appears under the names of B-boying, DJing and MCing, the latter being characterized by its acrobatics and its tricks on the ground. We associate this style of dance in the world of sneakers and baggy pants.

Do you Know Where to Head?

To find the dance style that suits you, you should consider why you want to learn to dance. Do you aspire to dance on Broadway? If your goal is to dance professionally, you probably need to enroll in various official dance courses. If you like to wiggle just for fun, salsa and other Latin dances are sure to please.

In contrast, if your goal is to draw attention to the dance floor, and you have a fondness for stunts, a hip-hop course should suit. If you have trouble choosing, I suggest you experiment with several different styles, because you might be surprised at the dance style that suits you!

Not sure of having enough patience to succeed? Know that most people manage to keep going after a few weeks of classes, even though it might start off a bit tough and daunting!

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