dances defined: The term 'Latin dances' in the
context of social and ballroom dances may be used in two
meanings. The public tend to get these mixed up, but they
are very different style dances and completly different histories. You can see the differnce in the movements.
At 'Salsa Latina' we teach Modern Street Style Latin dancing (#1)
#1 Street Latin Dancing
The first meaning is to denote dances originated in Latin
American & Spanish speaking origins. Typically these are Salsa, Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba,
New York Mambo, Argentine Tango, Merengue, Forro, Lambada, Kizomba, Zouk, Bachata,
Cumbia, Son etc. Our dance
instructors teach these styles, which are popular in Modern Salsa
night clubs world wide, thye are true lead and follow street freestyle
dance that is social. Freesytle meaning "not choreograhed" as the leader creates or uses moves & turn patterns on the go and both leader & follower relate to the music differently for each dance and you can dance with anyone during a social night. Street Latin dance can also be taken into the competition
and performances through choregograhed routines as well. Creativity in these dances is growing at a huge rate because its not governed by a body or organisation in comparision to Latin Ballroom. Street Latin styles tend to be more grounded and flowing and the hip & body movement is very different to Ballroom style.
Note: Brazilian Samba No Pe and Rumba in their traditional form are not Partner dances.
Salsa Modern Street Style top 10 Dancers, mainly social dancing.
Street Style Salsa Competition Chroreographed.
#2 Latin Ballroom Dancing
The second, a more formal usage, is the name of a category
of International style ballroom dances, also called Latin American
dances, International Latin or Dance Sport which was a developed style created in England and is governed by organisations such as WDC & WDSF etc. Many of the dance styles are inspired interpretations of Street style Latin dances brought into the Ballroom scene to spice up the Ballroom scene, they use the same or similar names such as Cha Cha, Rhumba, Salsa, Tango, etc. Latin Ballroom styles mainly consists of
the following five dances: Cha cha cha, Rhumba, Samba, Paso Doble,
Jive. Notice that not all Ballroom dances are of Latin American
origin 'inspiration', not the orginal dance. This style of Latin dancing is not a true social dance in the
lead and follow sense, couples tend to stick together for compeitiions and not dance socially like Street Styles, these are typically competition and performance
orientated dances only. The name "Dance Sport" was introduced when the orginisation tried to get this labeled as a sport to enter into the olympic games.
The style usually looks very upright, sharp movements.
The hip & body movement is also different to street style Latin dancing.
Latin American Ballroom, Dance sport style Performance