Spice up your life by learning Salsa and Bachata with Passionata Dance
Salsa is a Latin American dance originating from Cuba and the surrounding region. There are many styles of salsa ranging from the LA Style, Cuban, Rueda Casino style and the more traditional Cumbia Styles unique to each South American country. Salsa dance is typically danced between a man and a woman. The basic premise is that the man leads to woman into intricate turn patterns. Salsa is generally known as a crazy fun party type dance and provides a context to meet people and socialise. Salsas roots comes from folkloric dances, Cumbia and Mambo steps. It is a fusion dance hence the name comes from a spicy mix or sauce.
Bachata is a sensuous dance from the Dominican republic which is danced hip to hip. It has slow rhythms and smooth beats. it is a very intimate dance and couples can enjoy moving together. There are two main types of Bachata, The basic social style and the Dominican style that focuses more on footwork.
Cha Cha is a style of dance that developed from mambo. As Mambo and Salsa became too fast to dance to, Two extra timing steps were used to slow down the tempo of the music. This became the signature “cha cha cha” which represents the shuffle of the feet on the ground. Cha Cha was cleaned up from the street style on 1 and became a ballroom competition dance on 2 for Latin Ballroom.
Merengue is a two step dance known also as a marching dance. Legend has it that a old war hero returned and danced with a limp and upon returning he danced and had a characteristic limp that the locals enjoyed and copied. The beat to a merengue song has a galloping horse rhythm.
Cumbia is traditional predecessor of salsa. South americans dance Cumbia at family gatherings and pass on this very simplistic dancing down from generation to generation. The main feeling behind dancing Cumbia is that they listen to the music to compel them to dance let the step move up the body to the heart and feel it with the whole body as they let it through the blood. Cumbia is the predecessor to Salsa Dance.
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|Salsa/Latin||8:00pm-9:30pm||George Bates Hall
Corner of Wonga and Hill Road, Lurnea
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