What is Salsa, Bachata, Zouk and Kizomba?

What is Salsa?

Salsa is a popular form of social dance that originated in New York with strong influences from Latin America, particularly Cuba and Puerto Rico. The movements of salsa have their origins in Cuban Son, Cha-cha-cha, Mambo and other dance forms, and the dance, along with salsa music, originated in the mid-1970s in New York. Salsa, like most music genres has gone through a lot of changes through the years and incorporated elements of Swing dancing and Hustle, as well as elements of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Caribbean dances such as Guaguanco and Pachanga.

We teach L.A. style Salsa which is danced on 1, in a slot, with a measure of easiness and adaptability to it. The count is 1,2,3, 5,6,7 . L.A. style places strong emphasis on sensuousness, theatricality, aerobics and musicality.

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What is Bachata?

A simple but sensuous dance originating from the Dominican Republic,. The colourful roots of Bachata are reflected both in its romantic motions and its accompanying music. Today, this suave, passionate form of dance enjoys popularity all over the world. It is danced mainly in partners and involves a 4 step pattern that repeats with a “hip movement” or “tap” coming on the 4th step. Bachata is relatively easy for newcomers, but also allows dance masters plenty of freedom to flaunt their skills, including body isolations, breaks and dips.

We teach Bachata Moderna, Sensual Bachata and Bachata Fusion.

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What is Zouk?

Zouk is both a Latin style of music and a dance. Zouk has its origin in the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. The term “Zouk” literally means “party” in Creole language. Zouk music is characterised by a slow rhythm and a heart-beat like deep base line.

Zouk is danced to a slow-quick-quick rhythm, the strong beats and therefore longer steps being on the first third & fourth beat of the bar. The tempo of the dance varies from a fast Zouk-Lambada to slower Zouklove.

Today Zouk is often remixed with the top 40’s ….R&B, Pop, Oriental and Electronic Music.

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What is Kizomba?

The origins of kizomba can be traced to late-1970s Africa, with influences variably attributed to Angola. Kizomba is characterised by a slower, romantic, more sensuous rhythm than the traditional Angolan Semba dance.

Kizomba music emerged as a more modern music genre with a sensual touch mixed with African rhythm and Haitian Compas or (Kompa in Haitian Creole). Kizomba is Angolan Zouk, most kizomba songs are sung in Portuguese.

Urban Kizomba is a derivative of the Kizomba dance style that was originated in Angola. This dance style uses different techniques and it is danced with Zouk R&b and often with the Cape Verdean Zouk R&B.

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