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Bachata

The Bachata originated in Dominican Republic, and is one of the most popular social dances today. Artists like Prince Royce have brought this dance into the mainstream. The Bachata basics consist of side to side steps, with the 4th beat used as a tap (no weight change). This dance also has lots of body and hip action to give it fluidity.

Salsa (On 1 & On 2)

The Salsa originated in the 1940’s in the Caribbean and Latin America. Later it found its way to New York and the rest of the USA. There are 2 main Salsa styles danced right now. Salsa “on 1” which is known as Los Angeles Style Salsa and Salsa “on 2” which is known as New York Style Salsa. The main difference between these two styles is what beat of music you dance on.

In “on 2,” you pause on 1, but break forward and back on counts 2 and 6. Both styles are lots of fun, however many believe Salsa on 1 is the easiest style to start with for beginners because it feels natural to dance on the first beat of a phrase. Many dancers (especially advanced dancers) prefer to dance “on 2” because of the different instruments that are highlighted in those counts.

No matter what style of Salsa you prefer, the character of this dance has a “quick, quick, slow” feel to it, and incorporates lots of footwork patterns and spins. This dance also has a lot of rib cage isolation and hip action which is achieved by bending and straightening the knees.

Cha Cha

The Cha Cha originated in Cuba in the 1950’s and is danced all over the world. The main characteristic of this dance is the “triple step” from side to side which is usually counted as “Cha Cha Cha”. Cha Cha is one of the fastest dances in the Latin dance genre, and has a fun, playful energy to it.

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