Salsa is a popular dance (and musical) style that rose to prominence in mid-1970’s New York. It has strong influences from Latin America, particularly Puerto Rico, and Cuba. The movements of salsa have origins in Cuban Son, Cha-cha-cha, Mambo and other dance forms.
Different Caribbean and American regions have distinct styles, including Cuban, Colombian, Puerto Rican, L.A. and New York Salsa.
Cuban, Colombian and LA styles of Salsa are danced "on 1”, while NY and Puerto Rican Salsa styles are danced "on 2”. RCDA group classes teach Salsa on a line and "on 1”, however all Salsa styles are taught in our private classes.
Bachata is an increasingly popular dance style that originated in the Dominican Republic. Today, it is danced all over the world. It has evolved into styles from Dominican to Sensual, Moderna, Madrid, Bachatatango and Nueva. The movements can incorporate fusion with other dance styles.
The dance can be lead in open or closed position. Some styles such as sensual, are predominantly lead in a close hold and often involve body isolation. Dance moves and step variety, strongly depend on the musical rhythms, setting, mood, and interpretation.
RCDA teaches a variety of styles with an emphasis on musical interpretation. Many popular songs are now produced with a "bachata" remix, making it an attractive style on the dance floor.
Kizomba is an Angola-West African style of dance. The style relatively new on the world stage, and is quickly growing in popularity. It is a derivative of Semba. The music is often sensual & romantic, with the songs traditionally sung in Portuguese.
Whilst the influence of Kizomba is greatest in Portugal & Portuguese-speaking Africa, it is now danced around the globe. As with other styles of dance it continues to evolve and incorporate new influences.