Latin Dance Styles
Rose Royce Group hosts Latin dance nights all over Vancouver. If you’ve ever been curious to learn how some of the hottest Latin dances, or find a partner to show off your dance moves with, join us at our events! Featuring music and dance in styles of:
Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Kizomba, Cha-Cha, Mambo, Reggaeton
Salsa is a popular form of social dance that originated in New York with strong influences from Latin America, particularly Cuba and Puerto Rico. The movements of salsa have its origins in Cuban Son, Cha-cha-cha, Mambo and other dance forms, and the dance, along with the salsa music, originated in New York.
Bachata is a style of social dance from the Dominican Republic which is now danced all over the world.
Merengue was made the official music and dance of the Dominican Republic by Rafael Trujillo, having originated from enslaved laborers working in sugar beet fields.
Kizomba is one of the most popular genres of dance and music originating in Angola. It is a derivative of traditional Angolan semba with zouk and compas music from the French Caribbean Islands. On this basis, Kizomba music emerged as a more modern music genre with a sensual touch mixed with African rhythm.
The cha-cha-cha, more commonly known as cha-cha, is danced to the music of the same name introduced by Cuban composer and violinist Enrique Jorrín in 1953. This rhythm was developed from the danzón by a syncopation of the fourth beat. The name is onomatopoeic, derived from the rhythm of the güiro (scraper) and the shuffling of the dancers’ feet.
Mambo is a Latin dance from Cuba, invented during the 1930s by Cuban musician and composer Arsenio Rodríguez, developed in Havana by Cachao and made popular by Dámaso Pérez Prado and Benny Moré.
Reggaeton is a music genre which has its roots in Latin and Caribbean music. Its sound derived from the Reggae en Español from Panama. In Puerto Rico, this Spanish Reggae took on different lyrics and instrumentation and came to be known as Reggaeton.