Salsa dance has origins in 1930s Cuba, and movements have strong influences from Spanish and African cultures. Today, salsa is typically a partner dance, although there are recognized solo forms (suelta), and Rueda de Casino (groups of couples exchanging partners in a circle). It is popular throughout Latin America as well as in North America, Europe, Australia, and some countries in Asia and the Middle East. It is one of the most complex, yet beautiful styles of Latin dance with dips and turns as the video linked above featuring a professional pair of dancers shows.
Bachata dance originated in 1950s Dominican Republic. While it’s danced all over the world, most widely in the Caribbean, the styles vary. One of the more sensual Latin nite club styles of dance, this one is danced very close with the knees of partners together and hips move in Cuban motion. In this video, the couple performs the more open, less sensual style of bachata widely seen at competitions. The nite club style is closer and pictured at right.
Merengue dance orginated in 1800s Dominican Republic. A Dominican folkloric dance, it is widely spread and considered by many as the Dominican national dance. Often called the walk-step dance, this is one of the most simple forms of Latin dance to learn. This video is of a DOG dancing merengue, proving that anyone can learn it!
I hope you enjoyed this peek into the world of Salsa Savannah. Be sure to check out their website if you need more information and see you on the dance floor!
From an Article by Candace Perry,