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What is Latin Dance?

Latin dance is a general label, and a term in partner dance competition jargon. It refers to types of ballroom dance and folk dance that (with few exceptions such as the United States) originated in Latin America. 

The category of Latin dances in the international dancesport competitions consists of the cha-cha-cha, rumba, samba, paso doble, and also the jive of United States origin.

Social Latin dances (Street Latin) include salsa, mambo, merengue, rumba, bachata, bomba and plena. There are many dances which were popular in the first part of the 20th century, but which are now of only historical interest. The Cuban danzón is a good example.

Perreo is a Puerto Rican dance associated with reggaeton music with Jamaican and Caribbean influences. Argentinian folk dances are chacarera, escondido and zamba, also tango used to be a popular dance until the mid XX Century. Cueca is Chilean folk dance. Uruguayan folk dances are pericón, polka, ranchera, etc, also candombe is a common street and parade dance in the cities. Typical Bolivian folk dances are the morenada, kullawada, caporales and the recently created tinku. In Colombia, one of the typical dances is the cumbia.

What are the benefits of Latin Dance lessons?

One of the main benefits of Latin dance lessons is weight loss. Latin dances, especially salsa dance allow increased blood circulation, which helps burn calories and improve stamina.

Target all muscle groups. You might wonder why people from all walks of life enjoy salsa.

Salsa focuses on all muscle groups like the calves, hamstrings, quadriceps, and the core. The salsa moves performed in sequences help tone your muscles and maintain the best posture possible.

Relieves stress and improves memory. When it comes to Latin dance, more is involved than just dancing and following the moves. You need to memorise the steps and recall them on a daily basis. Since there is music played, the beats help relieve stress for many participants. An hour class will leave you with a positive mindset.

Lower cholesterol. We know that your cholesterol is what determines your health. Latin dance moves aid in lipid control and lowers your cholesterol level. It also aids blood sugar control, making these dances the best dances for people fighting diabetes.

Aid joint and bone health. Dancing prevents osteoporosis for both men and women. It’s even more beneficial for women as it helps during the post-menopausal period when the estrogen levels are low. Dancing lubricates joints to prevent arthritis.

What is the best age to start dancing?

There is no best age to start dancing. Probably the most conducive age to begin serious training is around ages 7-9. Prior to this children should be acquiring movement and coordination skills in age-appropriate activities that might include dance. So if you or your child wants to start dance lessons, there is no better time to start than today! Or if you are wondering if you are too old to start Latin Dance lessons the answer is - No! 

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