Learn Latin Dances & Popular Music Choreography
A popular dance is any dance developed by individuals who reflect the cultural life of an area or country. However, not all traditional ethnic dances are popular dances. For instance, dances of ritual origin or folkloric dances are often not regarded as popular dances.
There are many popular dances that have significant social significance. One of these is the Mexican Salsa. This dance, which dates back to the 16th century, is considered central to the Mexican culture. It originally started out as a series of measures held in the early 16th century in honor of the Virgin Mary and was later used in religious ceremonies. Today it is often used as an instrumental dance.
Another popular dance in Mexico and Latin America is the Tejano. Tejano is originally from Spain but it is known by many other names including the Southwest Band Dance of Mexico and Chorizo, the drum dance of the Aztecs. In the United States, there is also the Typeido which is closely related to the Tejano.
Other traditional dances of Latin America are the Aymara and Tamarindo from Peru and the Garifuna of the Dominican Republic. The Aymara is the national dance of Belize while the Garifuna has similar traditional dances such as the Alguacin and Garangaya from Mexico. These two dances differ primarily in their form because they evolved from different regions and have been adapted to fit different regions. The Tamarindo is the most famous from the Garifuna culture.
Carol of the French nation is perhaps the most popular female artist of modern times. Her unique style of dress and extravagant jewelry have made her one of the most popular dances of Latin America. She was a fierce critic of the European fashion and she was known for being extremely demanding when it came to the design of her dresses as well as the cuts and patterns of her clothing.
Other popular dances of Latin America include the cha-cha, meringue, mambo, rumba and salsa. Latin American music has influenced many American popular dances such as rock, ballet and even rap. Latin ballroom dances such as the tango are inspired by traditional Mexican folk dances such as the cha-cha and meringue. Both Latin ballroom dancing and music are influenced by the Caribbean community. The music and dances have become very popular in the United States.
Swing is one of the first types of dances that were introduced to English speakers. It is similar to country dancing but has taken on a more romantic air. This form of dancing developed from the popularity of the “jive” and “barracuda” Latin American dances. Modern day swing can be performed both with or without a partner.
Other popular moves include mambo, rumba, salsa, hula and telenoveca. These dances require a set of specially taught steps and routines to perform. There are many different types of Latin dancing styles that can be learned as well as many different types of costumes. Many women learn to dance to find their own unique style of dancing.