Paso Doble

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The origin of the Spanish Paso Doble dance represents a bullfight, where the male takes over the role of the bullfighter, while the woman represent the red cape of a toreador and not the bull, as it is often assumed. The man and woman move together around the imaginary bull, while they present flamenco elements […]

Rumba

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Rumba is one of the most erotic and sensual of all the Latin dance styles due to its slow rhythms and hip movements that create intense bodily expressions. Rumba was also brought to the Western Hemisphere by African slaves. Its new rhythms, bouncing music, and typical gentle movements thrilled audiences everywhere. 19th century descriptions of […]

Samba

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A lively modern ballroom dance from Brazil in bouncy duple time. The samba has an African origin, an ancient folk dance, which is brought through the slave trade to Brazil. The name Samba is from “semba”, an Angolan word, which typically indicates hip movements. Intermittent, short movements represent the movements of the fettered slaves, who […]

Chachacha

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A ballroom dance with small steps and swaying hip movements, performed to a Latin American rhythm. Chachacha in the Western hemisphere was first seen in Cuba, where slaves had brought it from Africa. The new dance was initially called triple mambo, because of the slow mambo step followed by three quick steps, the chasse. The […]