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5 Must Learn Latin Dance Forms With Your Partner

Nowadays, don’t you think couples have become so boring?! The only exciting they can try is a new position…in their respective careers. To spice up your love life or to give your crush a hint about your feelings, dance is the best remedy. How? Got a girlfriend, dance with her. Broke up, dance to celebrate your freedom. Failed in an exam again, dance on another trial. Killed your ex, dance because you saved the world from terrorism. Firstly, let us get to know why only Latin forms. Basically, Latin dance forms are more of dance styles that requires a partner. A few styles focusing more on steps while a few, on chemistry. So, we’re here with another exciting article to add some sexiness and excitement to your love life. Scroll down to know about 5 must learn Latin dance forms with your partner, at your service:

1. Bachata – Latin Dance Form

Bachata, just like its name, is a very unique dance style. It is a partner dance which requires extreme passion and chemistry between the two. There is hardly a distance of an inch between two bodies. It is termed as one of the most intimate dance forms.

 

 

At some point in the late 1990s, dancers and dance-schools in the western world began using a made-up basic step going side to side pattern instead of the box-steps, maybe as they considered it too complicated or due to a misunderstanding of the authentic steps. The basic steps of this pattern move side to side, changing direction after every tap. Characteristics of this “early” dance school dance is the close connection between partners, soft hip movements, tap with a small “pop” of the hip on the 4th step (1, 2, 3, tap/hip) and does not include many turns/figures. Most of the styling in this dance is from ballroom dance and show moves like dips are commonly used in the dance. This was the first new dance to Bachata music that was popularized by dance schools outside the Dominican Republic.

 

A couple depicting Bachata pose
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A couple depicting a Bachata pose – Latin Dance Forms

2. Cha-Cha – Latin Dance Form

Another dance form for which a partner is essential. Cha Cha is a fun dance form, focusing more on the footwork. It’s where the male partner takes the lead and female partner follows his leads. Having said that, this dance again requires chemistry. Because without chemistry, any dance is just a mere movement of body. Cha-Cha in the U.S., is a dance of Cuban origin. It is danced to the music of the same name introduced by Cuban composer and violinist Enrique Jorrin in the early 1950s. This rhythm was developed from the danzón-mambo. The name of the dance is an onomatopoeia derived from the shuffling sound of the dancers’ feet. Adding fun to chemistry, whom wouldn’t want that?!

A couple performing Cha-Cha
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A couple performing Cha-Cha – Latin Dance Forms

3. Salsa – Latin Dance Form

A very well known and common dance forms. Whenever one says partner dance, we can think only and only of Salsa. However, it is one of the most sophisticated and classy form of partner dances. Originated in Cuba, learning Salsa is no rocket science. Focusing more on the upper body work, the male takes a lead here to which female follows. It can be practiced the other way round, as well. The only chemistry required in here is a deep eye contact, because eyes says it all which words fail to.

Choreographer Sandip Soparrkar depicting a Salsa pose
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Choreographer Sandip Soparrkar depicting a Salsa pose – Latin Dance Forms

4. Mambo – Latin Dance Form

Mambo is a Latin dance of Cuba. Mambo was invented during the 1930s by the native Cuban musician and composer Arsenio Rodríguez, developed in Havana by Cachao and made popular by Dámaso Pérez Prado and Benny More. It is more or less, just like Salsa. Nowadays, nobody recognizes Mambo as a name of a dance form but people majorly know it as Salsa 2.  In the late 1940s, Perez Prado came up with the dance for the mambo music and became the first person to market his music as “mambo”, meaning “conversation with the gods” in the Kongo language, spoken by Congoleses, After Havana, Prado moved his music to Mexico, where his music and the dance was adopted.

A couple depicting Mambo pose
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A couple depicting a Mambo pose – Latin Dance Forms

5. Merengue – Latin Dance Form

Another close dance between the bodies, its a fun dance, full of chemistry. It’s one of those dances wherein you hold your partner as close as possible. Merengue is a style of Dominican music and dance. Partners hold each other in a closed position. The leader holds the follower’s waist with the leader’s right hand, while holding the follower’s right hand with the leader’s left hand at the follower’s eye level. Partners bend their knees slightly left and right, thus making the hips move left and right. The hips of the leader and follower move in the same direction throughout the song. Partners may walk sideways or circle each other, in small steps.

A couple depicting Merengue pose
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A couple depicting a Merengue pose – Latin Dance Form

So fellas, go out there and add some spice to your love lives. Dance like no one is watching you.

One piece of advice: Do not, I repeat, do not step on your partner’s foot. Ever.

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