Reggaeton

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Can be danced with a partner or without. In classes a choreographed sequence is generally taught, but in practice it is an improvised dance.

Reggaeton music has a mixture of Jamaican and Latin American influences, blended with Hip Hop and Electronica beats. Reggaeton usually incorporates rapping in Spanish or English, and has similar lyrical structure to Hip Hop. However this is not to say that Reggaeton is simply a form of Latino Hip Hop; it has its very own distinctive rhythm known as ‘dembow’, the name of which refers to the title of the Shabba Ranks song ‘Dem Bow’ that first popularised Reggaeton in the 1990s.

The infectious beats of this Latin American urban music of the 1990s caused it to spread rapidly worldwide, along with an accompanying dance style that is simple and easy to learn. It is a similar dancing style to that seen in the film ‘Dirty Dancing’, but with more of a Caribbean influence. A classic Reggaeton dance move is often referred to as ‘Perreo’, which means ‘Doggie’, and refers to its explicit sexual overtones. The man stands behind the woman and both grind their hips and shoulders in time to the music. Reggaeton is a sexy and passionate dance, making it very popular in clubs and discos worldwide, and especially in Puerto Rico. It is also suitable for any party or social occasion for fans of Latin music.