Bailando con Kristina

Learning Different Dance Styles

July 13, 2016

¡La clave, mi gente! Salseros si llaman, ¡yo vengo! In our dance workshop so far we have learned the basic steps of salsa and bachata so that we may dance with our friends whenever we wish — in the hallway, on the streets, at home, or at a fiesta. We have delved into the origins of salsa and bachata and their differing styles in Spanish-speaking countries and within the United States. Knowing the basic steps of salsa and bachata will aid our students in learning other dances, such as those that make up the ever-popular Zumba (whose choreography incorporates not only salsa but merengue, mambo, soca, samba, and other types of hip-hop). Music is an enormous element in Spanish and Latin cultures, and popular songs played on the radio are used for these dances. As such, learning to dance opens the door to discover more music in the Spanish-speaking world. In the process of language-learning and cultural exchange, music often helps build vocabulary and deepen understanding of cultural nuances. For many, dancing is the most enjoyable element of culture, one which makes the entire process worthwhile. Students in our program now have this foundation to discover more styles of dance from various Spanish-speaking cultures. Each nation has dances that form part of their culture and learning one helps to learn more down the road. Let us all dance and enjoy this journey to better understand the cultures of the language that we love so much!