Dancing is a universal language that celebrates unique cultures in their respective countries. At Arthur Murray Dance Centers in DC, we offer a full range of dance styles that claimed their fame in countries like Spain, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Poland, England, and Cuba. These famous dance styles have made their way to the United States and are sought after to learn and embrace in dance studios everywhere. In today’s article, we’re going to highlight elegant and romantic forms of dance that have captivated the rest of the world that originated in Spain and other Latin American countries.
If you have had the fortune to travel to any one of the beautiful spanish countries in Europe or South America, you likely got to witness the cultural art of dance. Arthur Murray Dance Studios offers adult dance classes for several of the most popular latin dances like: the Salsa, the Mambo, Samba, Cha Cha, Argentine Tango, Paso Doble, and Merengue. But these dance styles are not the only forms of latin dances. Here is a list of other well known latin dance styles:
The Flamenco is one of the most famous dance forms in Spain. In fact, people would agree that the Flamenco is more than just a dance—it’s an art-form. It’s a technical dance style that requires many years of study. Flamenco is influenced by the Romani people in Spain based on various folkloric music traditions that incorporates singing, guitar playing, dance, vocalizations, handclapping, and finger snapping. In 2010, UNESCO declared the Flamenco as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
The Bolero is well known in Cuba and Spain, but it has very distinct origins. The dance is moderately paced, accompanied with a guitar and castanets. The Bolero can be performed solo, or by a couple. Over the years, the Bolero has fallen out of fashion in the United States, but remains a popular dance that signifies a large piece of Spanish dance.
Jota is a dance form that primarily exists in regions of Spain including Aragon, Valencia, Catalonia, and Galicia. Each region’s cultural history is reflected differently through the Jota. The best known form is the Aragonese Jota, which dates back to the 18th century. This form of dance is particularly complex and involves rapid footwork and small jumps
Qualified as another type of Flamenco, the Zambra emerged from Granada in Andalusia. The Zambra is historically performed at weddings accompanied by guitar playing and hand clapping. The dance is performed barefoot and shares similarities with Arabian belly dancing.
The Paso Doble is undoubtedly one of the most famous Spanish dances, and Arthur Murray Dance Centers offers it as one of many ballroom dance classes. The Paso Doble is a fast-paced dance that mimics the rhythm and movement of a bullfight. Although the origin of the Paso Doble happens to be French, the Spanish honed this style of dance, which is performed primarily in Spain. The ballroom dance is performed in pairs with a man and a woman—representing the matador and the bull.
Arthur Murray Dance Centers teaches the most well-known forms of ballroom dance, but there is an innumerable amount of dances that deserve to be honored. If you are interested in learning one (or more) of the latin inspired ballroom dances, contact Arthur Murray Dance Centers today!