Back in the 1970s, I lived and taught in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, which had a large Puerto Rican community. Salsa dancing was all the rage. One of the teachers in our district taught a salsa class in the adult continuing education program, so of course I had to learn.
If you’d like to learn the basic salsa moves, watch this:
A few years ago, I used to do the Zumba classes at the gym, and a lot of the moves were taken from the merengue, a dance from the Dominican Republic.
Here’s how to do the basic merengue step:
Cumbia originated in Colombia with the African slaves during the Spanish colonialization. Watch the machetes.
Our Phoenix International Folk Dancers do a version called cumbia semana, choreographed by the American Ira Weisburd (well, we’re not doing it now, because we haven’t resumed gathering yet):
Paso doble actually came from France, but it is inspired by the bullfighters of Spain and Portugal, with maybe a touch of flamenco. Generally, it’s only seen in dance competitions.
Here’s more explanation about paso doble:
The tango from Argentina is characterized by leg extensions and can include intertwining of legs and deep dips. I’m showing you a G-rated version:
Without a doubt, Latin dances are among the most sensuous in the world.