LATIN DANCE LESSONS

Body movements, speed, sensuality

DANCING LATIN

There’s no doubt that people always recognized Latin dancing as widely spread global dance genre.  Not only in the world of dance, but even outside of it, a vast number of people have a somewhat rough picture in their minds about the broad umbrella of Latin Dance. Either by watching performance, hearing about it from friends, or listening to typical music. One of the most popular mediums nowadays that is spreading the spirit of Latin dancing to wider audiences is movies. They are portraying the beauty and core nuances of it. At our studio, Latin music and dancing are really not hard to see or hear.  Students are most inclined to the genre and show increasing enthusiasm to develop as dancers. We run Latin dance lessons at Dance Amor as multi-faceted, plenty, diverse, learner friendly and as fun as any dance form could possibly get.

A BIT OF HISTORY LESSON

Let’s take a step back. Where did Latin dancing originate from in the first place? What are its roots? How has it been influenced over generations?
Students often ask these questions as they are intrigued by the fundamentals of dance genres. And in the case of Latin, over a period of time, boundaries have become blurred. There has been massive evolution of what its original definition looked like.

Where to begin…

To begin with, centuries ago it started off as a native and geographically embedded dance form in Latin American regions. That’s  today’s Central and South America. After traditions were established and began getting popularised, influences from European and African countries started altering the form in their own, unique ways. People from across the world started dancing to traditional Latin music. They incorporated their independent dancing styles into the original Latin dancing.

The roots…

Modernized Latin dancing is a result of mass fusion of different cultures and sub genres that has created a whole new repertoire of each dance style. There were lots of modifications that Latin dance has gone over through passing generations. However its core elements and deeply embedded culture remain. Its rhythms and movements stand out from other Ballroom dance styles.

Influences…

You might be unsure as to how you can get an original, authentic dancing experience by taking Latin dance classes in Adelaide (far far away from its place of birth). We promise to embellish your dancing journey with true elements of native culture, unconventional movements and rich qualities of primitive Latin dancing.

You made it this far

You have just taken in a lot of information, but at least you made it this far! Time for us to give you a little insight into how you can start your journey of Latin dance classes in Adelaide. There is a range of experienced instructors at our studio. Just like our Ballroom lessons, you have couple of options that you can choose from based on your preference and convenience:

Group Latin Classes

Throughout the week, we have a mix of different dance styles that are taught to our students ranging from groups of 5 to 15 people. Sometimes its a smaller group as most people work on weekdays and have tight schedules, whereas other times its a fairly large group and heaps of new faces to see. Either way, you can pick the days that work best for you and pop in for a group class when you find the time. You don’t have to worry about missing out on something that was taught in previous sessions simply because each lesson is designed in a manner suitable for beginners to advanced and there’s always new content to learn!

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Private Latin Lessons

  1. We teach the following types of Latin dances at Dance Amor: Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cha cha, Samba, Mambo, Jive.
  2. “Even if you have danced a latin style before, there is unlimited scope to expand your knowledge and either try out something you haven’t before or build on your existing skills.”
  3. Why Latin dancing is so popular: Unrestricted experimentation, freedom to add in a personal touch and bring out your character, enhances improvisation skills, increases flexibility of your bodies to a great extent
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These are a few defining characteristics:

Timing

This is about moving to music, following the correct beat. It is a fundamental that must be achieved by all dancers. To be able to dance to timing, one must first be able to identify the various beats in the music. For those who have difficulty, the best way to improve this aspect is to listen to more music and consciously count the beats in your mind. A very important point to note is the timing occurs when the foot touches the ground, e.g. one hearing count 1, the a part of the foot must have touched the ground; if you wait till you hear count 1 and then start to move your feet to the final destination, you will be late.

Rhythm

Timing is about being on time to the beats. Having rhythm is about musical interpretation. Students can achieve this by good movement and controlled actions according to different rhythms of music. One must be able to feel the music, rather than just listening to beats in a straight manner. Certain movements may be delayed while some may be speeded up.

Character

Each of the dances in ballroom and Latin has different characteristics. It’s important to understand the differences so that each dance looks like what it is and not all look alike.

Floor craft

Students need to understand good traffic navigation. Floor craft can be achieved by changing alignment, changing variations or having checking action. Good lead and follow is an essential pre-requisite to floor craft. The leader has to be aware of the surroundings and constantly plan pre-emptive actions. This is a skill that takes time to master. Floor craft is probably more important in the moving dances (waltz, tango, foxtrot, quickstep, samba, Paso Doble) as there would be a need to avoid other couples on the floor while they are moving around. See article on “Floor craft” for more information.

Private Dance Lessons

Semi-Private Dance Lessons

Wedding Dance Lessons

Group Dance Classes

Dance Programs

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Latin Dance Styles offered:

Salsa – popular form of social dance that originated in the Caribbean. The movements of salsa have origins in Cuban Son, cha-cha-cha, mambo and Puerto Rican bomba and plena and other dance forms.

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Bachata – style of social dance from the Dominican Republic which is now danced all over the world. It is associated with close dance position, sensual body movements and tap or syncopation.

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Samba – dance of black/African people in Brazil who brought much of their music and dance culture into Latin America upon arrival into many Latin American countries.

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Rumba – the term rumba was used as a synonym for “party” in northern Cuba, and by the late 19th century it was used to denote the complex of secular music styles known as Cuban rumba

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Cha Cha – is a dance of Cuban origin. The name of the dance is an onomatopoeia derived from the shuffling sound of the dancers’ feet.

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