Salsa is so popular, there are countless numbers of nightclubs, worldwide, that dedicate their entire music venue to it! These venues also often include music for 2 other popular latin dance styles: Merengue and Bachata. Basic salsa is actually not that difficult to learn. In fact; it is often said that “if you can count to ‘seven’, you can dance salsa”! That may sound like a bit of an exaggeration; but in all honesty, it’s very true! The bottom line is that salsa is more fun than one can possibly imagine! It’s one of those dances whereby anyone/everyone, from all levels (absolute beginners, intermediate and advanced level dancers) can all share the dance floor and have an absolute blast! Once you start dancing salsa, you will never seem to be able to get enough!!!
Merengue is, by far, the easiest dance to learn! In fact; it is the very dance that many instructors use, to prove that there is simply no such thing as ’2 Left Feet’! But do not let the ‘ease’ of the dance fool you into suspecting that merengue would be boring! Nothing could be further from the truth! As basic, and as easy, as merengue is, it eventually progresses to intermediate and advanced patterns that will have you looking like a real pro! Furthermore; many astute dance instructors utilize merengue, in their teaching methods, as a prelude to other dances such as salsa, mambo and hustle! So; that’s a good tip for those who want to learn salsa, mambo or hustle… Tackle merengue initially, and the other 3 dance styles will then be easier to learn!
The definition of “bachata” meaning something like “a raunchy party.” The name “Bachata” itself implies so-called “low class” people with “loose” morals. This is why a number of ladies will only dance bachata with their known dance partner(s), and not with a total stranger who may have approached them for a dance, for the first time. Now that we have your attention, here’s the good news! Bachata doesn’t have to be danced in a “raunchy” or “morally loose” way at all. After viewing the video; you can of course be the judge of how (and with whom) you may dance the bachata!
On the technical explanation side… Bachata is actually a partial Merengue, with a “toe tap” added. To keep things on the ‘higher class side’ (so to speak), the couple would dance a ‘comfortably safe’ distance apart from one another (similar to dancing a Merengue). But whenever the subject couple may consensually make things a little ‘steamy’… they dance very close (probably actually touching; body-to-body) and instead of a mere “toe tap” being used…they would accentuate the toe tap with a “hip-pop”. And to even take it one step further… while the ‘follower’ would be doing a ‘hip-pop’, the leader could actually be doing a “hip-thrust”. Now; you can see why the word “consensual” was used; herein.
Bachata began to catch on (in latin club venues) in the late 1980’s / early 1990’s. Since then; it’s increasing popularity has been amazing! Nowadays; almost anytime you see a “Salsa Dance” being promoted; you can bet that there will be quite a bit of bachata music being played as well. Bachata truly is an awesome dance!
Flamenco dancing is a highly-expressive, Spanish dance form of dance expression. The flamenco is not a ‘partner’ dance, but rather a solo dance characterized by hand clapping, percussive footwork, and intricate hand, arm and body movements. With roots in Indian, Arabic and Spanish cultures, flamenco is known for its sweeping arm movements and rhythmic feet stomping. Flamenco dancers must follow a strict framework of rhythmic patterns; whereby the steps are dependent on the traditions of the song being played. One of the greatest joys of watching flamenco dancing is witnessing the personal expressions and emotions of the dancer, which change many times during a single performance. And just like with any other solo type of dancing (such as Ballet; for example), Flamenco dancing is all about ‘The Show’!
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