Fox Trot and Waltz are the most popular smooth dances. They are considered elegant and flowing and are danced for example to the music of Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole.
Salsa/Mambo are the fastest of all the Latin dances.
Cha Cha is a Latin dance done to medium tempo music and is more “interactive and playful” between the partners.
Rumba is danced to slower romantic music.
Bolero is the slowest of all the Latin dances and is very sensual.
Swing dance is the only dance that originated in the United States and is danced to all types of upbeat jitterbug and big band,& popular music.
Featured Dance Facts History this month:
Rumba is the spirit and soul of Latin American music and dance. The fascinating rhythms and bodily expressions make the Rumba one of the most popular ballroom dances.
Real interest in Latin music began about 1929. In the late 1920’s, Xavier Cugat formed an orchestra that specialized in Latin American music. He opened at the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles and appeared in early sound movies such as “In Gay Madrid”. Later in the 1930’s, Cugat played at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. By the end of the decade he was recognized as having the outstanding Latin orchestra of the day.
In 1935, George Raft played the part of a suave dancer in the movie “Rumba”, a rather superficial musical in which the hero finally won the heiress (Carol Lombard) through the mutual love of dancing.
The Rumba is characterized by Cuban Motion, a hip movement achieved by transferring from one foot to the other. This hip movement is combined with very smooth steps, giving the dance a sensual appearance.