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Latin Dance

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Ruxandra Popescu

on 18 December 2012

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Latin Dance What is Latin Dance? Latin dance is known for its sensational hip action and smooth moves. The term "Latin Dance" could be described in two ways: to name a category of International style ballroom dances and to denote dances that originated in Latin America. Known as ballroom Latin dancing and social Latin dancing. Many popular dances originated in Latin America. Ballroom examples of Latin dances include:

- the cha-cha-cha
-paso doble Jamaican Daggeren
-bolero International Latin American Dance Completions Latin dances are more fast paced, more sensational and have more rhythmic expression compared to other ballroom dances.
Latin dances are usually danced in partners, typically man and women. Partners dance closely to each other in a tight positions and sometimes hold only one hand.
Latin dancing, as Latin music is very hot and physical. Playful movements and quick paced steps makes various Latin dances entertaining and fun.
The different styles of Latin dance depends on the music it is being danced to. The component of the music that differentiates is their fast or slow tempo. Latin Style Cha-Cha-Cha: The five International Latin Dances used in this competition are : The International Latin American Dance Competitions were created after the Second World War in England by Elsa Wells, and are now organized by Dance News special events. The term "ballroom dancing'' comes from the word ball, which originates from the Latin word ballere which means "to dance". Latin Ballroom Dancing Latin America: Folk and popular dances How it changed over time Many of the Latin American traditional dances came from two Spanish folk dances,the fandango and seguidilla which became popular in the 18th century. Both were couple dances in which partners in a scattered formation on the dance floor.

The opening, or introduction other included apaseo de salida(a side by side promenade of the space) with a turn getting into position. The next section is an improvisation of the dancers favorite steps. The dance ended with spins and turns by the dancers who remained separate. There were rules that didn't let partners to touch and stayed at a distance of about 2 meters apart and maintained their connection by moving together and apart, changing places, and keeping eye contact. When it comes to ballroom Latin dancing competitions the costumes for women are always ones that stand out and show a lot of skin along with sparkles or bright color and jewels to make them stand out.

But it also depends on the type of dance because some dances have more of a plain look for both women and man when it comes to costume. Salsa for example is one simple colour with no extra bling and usually black or white. Ballroom Competition Costumes
for Women Ballroom Competition
Costumes for Men For men it is important that he doesn't wear clothes that blend in with the crowd and want the judges to notice them.
They wear custom made shirts. They would also wear a nice vest or cardigan but most of the time men wear a long v-neck shirt. Depends on the dance and their partners outfit they could wear something shiny and colorful.
A full-length pant is what most men wear along with custom trousers that will make them look elegant and professional.
For the shoes they would wear comfortable expensive shoes that complete their elegant look and are easy to dance in. The History of Latin Dance Because couple were not allowed to touch, they often used handkerchiefs, fans, long, full skirts facial expressions and eye contact. Even though English in origin and organizations, anyone from all over the world could participate. There are two main series, one for amateurs, one for professionals, and various age-limited categories. Millions of sub-Saharan Africans captured and shipped as slaves to Latin America between the 16th and 19th centuries. African dance had recognizable traits: flexion of the hips and knees, isolated movements of shoulders, rib cage, a forward tilt of the upper torso: use the flat foot and inventive spontaneity. The African influence extended to the couple dances of Latin America, adding more hip action and sexual moves. More of the body was engaged as dancers incorporated hip rolls, shoulders shimmies, leg lifts, and squats. The social dances gained humor and more-explicit flirtation. In some Afro-Latino practices dance developed a special meaning. Dance was a like an escape from emotional stress and one way to restore the emotional and physical well being of the individual and community. The final stages for Amateurs and Professional Standard and Latin American titles are always held at the Albert Hall in London. Cha-Cha is the name of a dance of Cuban origin. It is danced to music of the same name introduced by Cuban composer and violinist Enrique Jorrin in 1534. The rhythm was developed from the danzon by a syncopation of the fourth beat. Many social dancers count " one,two,cha-cha-cha". Samba: Samba is a lively, rhythmical ballroom dance. The ballroom samba has its origins in Brazil at the beginning of the 20th century. Samba is a partner dance. Most steps are danced with a slightly downward bouncing or dropping action. This action is created through bending and straightening of the knees. Rumba Rumba is the slowest out of the five competitive Latin dances. This ballroom rumba came from a Cuban rhythm and dance called the bolero-son. The international ballroom rumba is a slower dance of about 120 beats per min. Steps are kept compact and the dance is danced generally without any rise and fall. It was created by Monsieur Pierre who visited Cuba in 1947, 1951, and 1953 to find out how and what the Cubans were dancing to at the time. Paso Doble Literal meaning in Spanish: double step. Paso Doble is a traditional dance from Spain march-like musical style as well as the corresponding dance style danced by a couple. Its a lively style of dance to the duple meter march-like paso doble music. It is usually never danced socially but only competitively and the music it is played at bull fights. Jive In ballroom dancing, Jive is a dance style of 4/4 time that originated in the United States from African Americans in the early 1930s. Many of its basic patterns are similar to these of the East Coast Swing. The modern form of ballroom jive in the 1900-present, is a very happy and boppy dance , the lifting of the knees and the bending or rocking of the hips often occurs. Ballroom Choreographer- Paul Harris Paul Harris is a leading figure in the world of dance. He won the 2008 Carl Alan Award for Choreography and he choreographed for Wold Champions in Ballroom Dancing, Latin American dancing, Salsa, Show dance, and the swing.

When he was young, he was one of the most successful juvenile dancers to compete, winning all major titles in Ballroom, Latin American, and Old Tyme dancing. He then became the British, United Kingdom and International Junior Champion in ballroom and Latin American dancing.

He choreographed the famous "laser scenes" Catherine Zeta Jones in Entrapment and the 'wand to wand combat' sequences in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Works Cited

www.ballroom choreographers.com

Wikipedia for the5 international Latin ballroom dances.

YouTube for videos

dance.about.com-mWhat is Latin Dance

www.latin dance fashions.com
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