Mambo - Mambo enjoys a rich past, originating in the fertile mixture of Afro-Carribbean and Latin American cultures found in Cuba. By the 1940's a new sound was emerging with a mixture of Latin and Heavy Jazz influence, the style was developed by Damaso Perez and by the 1945 Mambo was the latest dance craze. The dance, named after voodoo priests was originally condemmed by the church but like any forbidden fruit, Mambo gained popularity and flourished. By the 1950's Peez Prado initiated Mambo's popularity in the USA where it exploded onto the wider dance scene to become the enduring favourite it is today.
Salsa - Salsa is a generic term adopted in the 1970's to cover a diverse mixture of Latino music styles previously known as 'son' Cha Cha Cha, Pachanga, Rumba, Mambo etc. This simple word made Latin music more marketable and demand took off. Salsa the dance became a mixture of many previously recognised dances, being loosely based on Mambo, but with a much more relaxed nature.
Merengue - The Merengue has now established itslef as one of the most popular Latin American dances. It comes from the Dominican Republic and the mood of the dance reflects the holiday atmosphere. It has a strong one-two rhythm so the steps are very easy and this results in many people being able to get up and just dance the Merengue. Swing - There are 3 forms of swing, all of which are constructed using similar figures in slightly different styles. All the music is very slow and relaxed.
Swing - There are three forms of swing, all of which are constructed using similar figures in slightly different styles. All the music is very slow and relaxed.
Swing is a very lazy rock 'n' roll.
East Cost Swing, also called the Shag, is like a lazy Latin Jive.
West Coast Swing is similar to Jive but uses 'coaster steps' instead of the second chasses, and two walks instead of the 'rock rock' action.
Argentine Tango - This is the original raw forerunner of the Modern Ballroom Tango. It was born in the back street Bordello's of Buenos Aires over 100 years ago. It was danced by single men and local prostitutes, creating the sexual and provocative choreography. Argentine Tango is currently enjoying a revival in the West. Many new clubs have sprung up in recent years in the larger cities which specialise in nothing but Tango.