What is Salsa?
Salsa is a popular form of social dance that originates from Cuban folk dances. Salsa’s roots are based on different genres such as Puerto Rican rhythms, Cuban Son, specifically to the beat of Son Montuno in the 1920s. The movements of Salsa are a combination of Afro-Cuban dance, Son, Cha-Cha-Cha, Mambo and other dance forms. However, as it is a popular music, it is open to improvisation and thus it is continuously evolving. New modern salsa styles are associated and named to the original geographic areas that developed them. There are often devotees of each of these styles outside their home territory. The dance experienced, together with the Salsa music, a large development in the middle of the 70’s in New York. Over the years, the different regions of Latin America and the United States developed their own salsa styles, such as Cuban, Puerto Rican, Californian, Colombian, L.A. and New York styles. Characteristics that may identify a style include: timing, basic steps, foot patterns, body rolls and movements, turns and figures, attitude, dance influences and the way that partners hold each other.
At DanceWithGeorge we teach Salsa Cubana and Salsa LA.
What is Bachata?
Bachata is a style of social dance from the Dominican Republic which is now danced all over the world. It is associated with bachata music.
In partnering, the lead can decide whether to perform in open, semi-closed or closed position. Dance moves or step variety strongly depend on the music (such as the rhythms played by the different instruments), setting, mood, and interpretation. Unlike salsa, bachata dance does not usually include many turn patterns.
The authentic dance from the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean is a basic dance sequence in a full 8-count moving within a square. Dancers in the Western world much later made up a basic step going from side to side, and also copied dance elements from other couple dances of various origins, Latin and non Latin alike. The basic dance sequence consists of three steps and then a tap step or various forms of step syncopation (such as the “double step”). Some dancers in the west accompany the tap with an exaggerated “pop” of the hips. Bachata can be danced on the 1st beat of the musical phrase, with the tap on the 4th beat, but dancing on the 2nd, 3rd or 4th beat is also common. The tap is done on the opposite foot of the last step, while the next step is taken on the same foot as the tap. The dance direction changes after the tap or fourth step.
Salsa Cubana Intermediate
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Bachata Dominican Intermediate
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