When it comes to Latin Dances, Salsa and Bachata are the most popular forms that are followed across the world. While Salsa originated in the Caribbean, Bachata comes from the Colombia and Dominican Republic. Both dance forms follow very specific rhythm and beats in their music, where Salsa follows a 123…567 rhythm, Bachata follows a 123&4…567&8 rhythm. In both dance forms, each partner assumes the role of either a leader, who leads the moves, or follower- who follows the leads given by the leader.
Salsa follows two major dancing styles, namely New York style and LA style. Bachata also has various different styles such as original, western traditional, sensual, bachatango etc. Salsa typically includes several turns while bachata requires wavy body movements.
We hit the dance floor and socialize with different people while dancing! That sounds like a perfect plan for a fine Sunday evening doesn’t it? You dress up and head to the happening Salsa night in the city center. So, what do you do when someone grabs you and drags you to the floor, stares at you in a creepy way while doing some crazy fancy moves right after the first beat?
Salsa, Bachata, Zouk, Kizomba, Cha Cha Cha, Tango etc. excite us! And nobody wants to jeopardize this amazing experience due to their lack of information about social dancing etiquette. There is a set of unsaid norms that form an integral part of the social dancing scene worldwide and it is a good idea to assimilate these few pointers to make our social dancing experience a pleasurable one!