Salsa (Spanish for "hot sauce") is a style of popular music that emerged from New York City's Hispanic community during the mid-1970s, resulting from a musical evolution of various types of Latin rhythms. It developed from a blend of Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican music with rock and jazz. Its roots are in the Latin dance music of the 1940s--which used trumpets, flutes, and voices--and the dance rhythms of the 1950s that have had varying degrees of popularity since then--the rhumba, mambo, and cha-cha. The electric guitar, along with electronic techniques, has been added from rock, along with the instrumentation and improvisational skills of jazz.
Join Jose and Stasha for a 6-week Bachata Bootcamp. Where we will teach you a short Bachata Choreography (Dominican).
We are excited about the BootCamp! Hope you all can join us! Anyone & everyone is invited to be part of the Mini Bachata Bootcamp. ALL LEVELS welcome. Our goal is to keep it challenging enough for the experienced dancer but simple enough for a beginner.
Bachata was created and primarily used by servants, who used to play it when they got off of work. They made the music out of ordinary objects like those commonly found in a backyard (Trashcans, Fences,etc). In some rural areas of the Dominican Republic, bachata means trash, but most citizens agree that it means a party. Others say that bachata is derived from the Italian Ballata, which was a popular form of music in Italy centuries ago.
Bachata grew out of - and is still closely related to - the pan-Latin-American romantic style called bolero. Over time, it has been influenced by merengue - a fast paced danceable music also native to the Dominican Republic - and by a variety of Latin American guitar styles.

Kizomba is mentioned in 1894 in the Bulletin of the American Geographical Society of New York which said: "the genuine Kimbundu name is Kizomba, that is, dance." In Angola, in the 1950s the expression Kizombadas referred to a party. There was no association of the word to a dance or musical genre. However, the dance is known as "Semba", "Rebita", "Kabetula", "Maringa", already existed in the 50's
and 60's. Other dances coming from Europe like Tango were practiced by the Portuguese colonials. The style of Kizomba now emphasizes a very smooth way of dancing with influences of Tango steps, but one of the main differences is that the lower body, the hips, do forward/backwards and circle movements. People dance on the tempo, as well as on the off beat and only occasionally use syncopation steps.
Cha - Cha - Cha
In the islands of the West Indies, there are certain plants that produce seed pods called cha-cha. These pods are used to make a small rattle known as the cha-cha sound.
Cha-cha is a Cuban dance that evolved from the mambo. At first, during the popularity of the mambo, many dancers did not care for it because they acknowledged the cha-cha to go against the natural rhythm of the music. In particular, many ballroom dancers critiziced the fast mambos for having the acrobatic character of the jitterbug rather than the smooth movements usually associated with Latin Dance.
In 1953 the Cuban orchestra América started playing the time honored danzón with a new syncopated beat. It sounded like a very slow mambo, and Cuban dancers used a slight triple hip movement on the slow count. Gradually it changed to a triple step on the slow count. Eventually the dance was introduced to North America and rose to great popularity in the mid 1950s. By 1959, dance studios reported it to be their most popular dance.
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The waltz is the oldest of all ballroom dances. It is believed to have originated in the 17th century in Austria and Bavaria where peasants had been dancing the Landler and other Weller (turning) folk dances. These traditional expressions influenced the French contredance, of English folk origins, and gave birth to a dance named the Allemande. At the end of the following century , the rapid motion of the Allemande, the elegant postures of the French Minuet and Traditional Weller music combined in Vienna into the dance we know today as the Viennese Waltz. It quickly became popular as it was the first dance with a closed position hold danced in contact. Some conservatives frowned upon this fact and church leaders deemed it immoral.


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