Latino-American dances enchant us with their emotions and energy, fast rhythms and dazzling turns, effortless style and passionate ecstasy.
Latino dances were born from the music they are accompanied by, fast or slow-paced.
Competitive Latino-American dances include five dancing styles: Samba, Rumba, Cha-cha-cha, Paso doble and Jive. What they all have in common are sensual moves and exciting emotions.
One of the most demanding Latino-American dances is samba. It is a dance of African origin and it became very popular in Brazil, where its passion further developed through carnival processions. It is very rhythmical and lively. A very demanding movement, characteristic of Samba is the “bounce”.
Passionate and seducing rumba is a dance of Cuban origin. It is the dance of seduction, fast-paced with emphasised, subtle hip movements, in choreographies most often with sensually aggressive movements of the man and defensive movements of the woman.
Cha-cha-cha originates from mambo and rumba. It reached its biggest expansion in the 1950s and since then it has been one of the most favourite social dances. It is energetic and lively and danced to three consecutive quick steps followed by two slow steps.
A dance of Spanish origin, modelled after the Spanish bullfight tradition is paso doble. During the dance, a dancer takes the role of the matador and the female dancer symbolizes his cape. The character and the feeling of the dance reflect the intensity, focus and dramatic moments.
Jive is the most intensive dance of all five Latin-American dances. Jive is very quick and energetic, it includes a lot of jumps and is quite playful, danced in joyful and lively mood. Basic figures and all others must include “swing” movements and rhythmically precise steps.