The dances
Submitted by fjuergens on Sunday, September 03 2017


Let´s face it, Rumba is the dance of love and the idea is to seduce your partner on the floor with all the clothes on.

The non-verbal communication between man and lady is very important. The couple should have a dialogue with “yes” and “no” - and also the “maybe”. To express without words what you feel, you can use the difference between very fast actions and slow and soft movements. If the couple is expressing very well, it could be an introduction to the audience to take part in this conversation.
Also coming from Cuba, Rumba is musically based on the Bolero-Son.

Coming from Cuba and based on the rhythm of the Danzón. The basic step from Mambo was amplified with the Cha Cha Cha-step. Cha Cha Cha is an sanguine and light hearted dance. It is like an enchanting flirtation inbetween the partners and they play together in different figures side by side and within the dancing frame and it is more meddlesome than the more serious and erotically Rumba.
The forerunners of Jive have all together an Afro-American origin and Jive itself is a package of the following dances: Lindy Hop, Blues, Swing, Boogie-Woogie and Rock´n´Roll. Typical for this dance is the very catching music – like young dogs playing all together. Typically for the dance are open figures, kicks, twists and the body-swing.
The guitar music was coming with the Spanish farmers to Cuba and the slaves added their African drums and dance traditions.
The Cuban Style is danced on a circle – and the person and the couple. Curly figures and the masculine leading of the man are significant for this dance.  The Cuban Style, also named “Casino” or “De la calle”, is danced “on 2” (Son) or “on 3” (Salsa), but in the western countries mostly “on 1”. The Cuban Salsa is playful, rhythmically and lively. You don´t have a lot of rules, but you should know the basic steps and moves very well, to be able to dance also the more and more complicated and confusing figures. The most significant are the turns of the couple around a common center and the lady is mostly in one or two hand hold.
The Samba came from a Brazilian folk dance and has also African roots. The Africans, living in Brazil, expressed with this mix of music, dance and poetry their history, culture and traditions. In our days the Samba belongs to the Latin competition dances and has no longer a lot in common with his roots from the Afro-Brazilian style of music and dance. Typically movements for the Samba are fast hip-movements and the bouncing called movement, which is a kind of a forward and backward swinging top of the body. Samba is not at all a stationary dance, so you have a flow over the dancefloor.



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