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The Latin American Dances - -
The five "Standard" Latin American dances are Samba, Cha Cha, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive. From the sensuous Rumba, through to the Choreography of the dramatic Paso Doble, each dance has it's own feel and features!
The Cha Cha (Cha Cha Cha) - -
The Cha Cha (or Cha Cha Cha) is a rhythmical dance originating as a modified form of Mambo. It's fun, and energetic, easily distinguished from the rest of the Latin Dances by it's addictive "Step, Step, Cha Cha Cha" rhythm.
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The Samba is a bright, lively dance, with something of the flair of the "Carnaval" from South America. Samba is one of the most popular forms of music in Brazil. It is widely viewed as Brazil's national musical style.
"Ballroom Jive" is the UK name for the specific competition style of the original American Jitterbug developed by the dance-teaching establishment. Characterised by a ´chassé´ from side to side and a back replace, this style accentuates the pumping action of the knees, as dancers shift their weight in the chassé. Included as the "American" part of the general "Latin American" dance categories, it is widely danced today.
The Paso Doble originates from Spain. It is developed on the basis of movements performed by the matadors during the bull fights, and borrows also from the flamenco and Sevillana tradition. In Paso Doble the man (matador) is in focus more than in any other dance. The lady is left with playing the role of the cape ("cappa"), the red canvas of the toreador or the bull, depending on circumstances. The dance first came into fashion around 1920. It's probably the last dance you would learn if you take up Latin American dance classes.
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