Salsa refers to a style of Music and Dance which has its origins in the Caribbean and South America, but has developed all over the World, into variations that have created a number of recognized styles. It is the most popular of a variety of Latin Dances and has developed into an International phenomenon which is taking the World by storm! It has become more than a casual pass time for many; it is a passionate lifestyle for thousands of people all over the World, and with yearly Sydney events such as Darling Harbour Fiesta, Sydney Salsa Congress and Latin Motion’s very own Mid Year Event, Christmas Concert & monthly Commotion parties, the rate at which it is growing is amazing!
Bachata is from the Dominican Republic and is known for its Fun & Sexy style and easy to learn approach. Bachata Music can be distinguished by its particluar guitar riff or sound which is prominent in all Bachata songs. Today Bachata is mixed with other styles such as Reggaeton & RnB & is made popular by Bachata Festivals Worldwide.
Zouk is both a style of Music and a Dance that has its origin in the French Caribbean Islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. The term “Zouk” literally means “Party” in Creole language. The Music is characterised by a slow rhythm and a heart-beat like deep bass line. Today it is often remixed with R&B, Pop, Oriental and Electronic Music. Zouk the dance is often characterised with sensual yet sexy rag doll like actions with the Ladies head, hair and contortion to the body, leaving a sense that the Woman is possessed (in a good way) way by the Music and the Dance. Basically to put it simply, Zouk is quite frankly intoxicating!
The word Kizomba means Celebration, Friendly Gathering and Party! This relatively young style originated from Angola in Africa, previously a Portuguese colony, in the 1980s. It is a Dance and Music style that at the same time merges different African Music trends with the authentic French style of Zouk. Latin Motion’s Director Oliver Pineda who came across this captivating style after living one year in Portugal, introduced Kizomba to Sydney in 2007. I personally love this style as the Music is soothing and the Dance Sensual, Elegant & yet Earthy.
Samba is from Brazil and is a great way to get in Shape & stay Fit. A solo dance, Samba is Fast, Energetic and just as exciting to watch as it is to Dance. Samba Show Costumes are Sexy and Vibrant, with only Feathers and Beading often leaving nothing to the imagination. Basically it’s just like a gym workout, only Dancing!
Mambo is also referred to as New York Style Salsa ‘On2’. Some Music lends itself more to this style, but essentially it is still danced to Salsa music and still comes under the general heading of “Salsa”. New York Style Salsa ‘On2’ can be just as Fast and Flashy as L.A style, but can be identified by its Smooth, Elegant, Elastic Style.
In Cuba, the Salsa Dance goes by the name of ‘Casino’, which comes from the so called ‘Rueda de Casino’ (Casino Wheel), a formation made up of several couples which, guided by a “leader”, make figures and exchanges Partners after the steps are called out loud. Latin Motion’s Director, Oliver Pineda introduced Cuban Casino style Salsa & Rueda to Sydney in 1999 by being exposed to it from a European Dancer traveling through Australia. This led to his first ever Company, ‘The Sydney Rueda Dance Company’ which soon became ‘incRUEDAble Latin Motion’ and is today known as ‘Latin Motion Dance Academy’! Since then, Rueda & Casino style Salsa still remains one of the most enjoyable and loosest styles of Salsa with the Fat and Funky sounds of Cuban style Salsa
music; ‘Timba’ being one of his favourite styles of Salsa today, along with Salsa Romantica.
Cha Cha is a slow Funky Dance which is a Cuban innovation of the old Latin form (danson). Originally known as the Cha-Cha-Cha the Cha Cha became popular around 1954. Cha Cha is an off-shoot of the Latin Dance ‘Mambo’. In the slow Mambo tempo, there is a distinct sound in the Music that people began dancing to, calling the step the “Triple” Mambo. Eventually it evolved into a separate Dance, today known as the Cha Cha.