Salsa, Bachata, Merengue… Who could dance them all! It is inevitable to recognize it, you listen to the music and your feet move involuntarily. Even a half smile is painted on your face. And you know Latin rhythms can be sticky! We all know them, but how much do you really know about them? In this article we go into detail about the main dances that you could enjoy if you choose Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts.
Son: We begin with the father of all dances. Created in the 19th century, this music began to be danced in Havana and the Antilles, until it spread throughout Latin America.
Although nowadays its rhythm have gained speed, in some more traditional venues the authentic version of this dance continues to be played.
Salsa: who has never been carried away by this vibrant rhythm? A mix of jazz and Afro-Caribbean compasses, this intense dance is one of the most famous in the Caribbean. The cheerful music of salsa is danced as a couple, the man puts his right hand on the woman’s hip, and she puts her left hand on the man’s man. You just need to get carried away by the melodies
Did you know… Salsa has its origin in Cuba, but the Latin rhythms have been commercially recognized by artists from Puerto Rico.
Merengue: do you know how to dance this Caribbean musical style? Considered as one of the most representative dances in Latin America, it was declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco. With three simple steps, lateral, forward and backward, you can master the base of one of the best known rhythms worldwide.
It is said that the first recognized dance was in the year of Dominican independence, in 1844, very close to the border with neighboring Haiti.
Rumba: a descendant of ballroom dancing. This dance began to gain fame in the year 1930. Hip movements and its changing rhythm make it a very visual genre when it comes to dancing. From this genre descend the gypsy rumba and the Catalan rumba.
Cha, cha, cha: one of the easiest Latin rhythms to dance. This genre was born in 1948 under the name of “neodanzón”. It was the dancers who it the current name due to the sound his shoes made on the floor as they danced.
Samba: originally from Brazil, this popular dance has been spreading throughout the Spanish-speaking American countries. The best known forms of this dance are Balao, Va e Vien and Corta Jaca. Do you dare to try them all?
These Latin rhythms, mostly of African descent, bring those tints of joy and festivity, which produce good humor just by listening to their music.
Don’t miss any on your vacation! It is said that dancing is a great formula to get rid of stress.
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