The dancing moves are both exciting and sexy. In Cuba, they dance to a type of Salsa Timba. The movement is fast as in Afro Cuban music. Cuban Musicians have blended in the popular Reggae and Pop music in between the breaks. The dancing style is called “Casino” simply because when it was started it was played in gambling joints or casinos.
If people did not grow up with this type of music, its complex rhythms can be intimidating. Salsa is a word that inspires Latin music lovers everywhere. The reason why it’s called salsa is because it’s “hot” and “spicy”. The salsa that is eaten in Latin America is added to spice up food, but DJ’s, bandleaders, and musicians started yelling “salsa!” when introducing an energetic musical act. There are debates about where the birth place of salsa is.
Salsa played a large part in the evolution of the Latino countries. Modern swing jive may be the latest dance craze to sweep the UK, but it is by no means NEW!The origins of jive start back in the 1920's & 30's in the dance clubs of black America, the sounds of jazz led on to Big Band Swing, perfecting the dances such as Lindyhop & the Jitterbug.The war years took the dance underground due to its "Corrupting influence". However, the American G.I's brought the dance with them to Europe. In the UK it surfaced in the Rock & Roll years, having been adapted to fit the new style of music. The French took the dance, simplified it, mixed it in with the traditional Latin dances to form the dance that we now know as Modern Jive.
A characteristic highlight occurs when the bodies of a dancing pair meet, or almost meet at the navel. This movement mirrors the rumba’s vacunao, a prominent feature in some forms of rumba. The name rumba possibly derives from the Spanish language, the word rumbo translates to route, rumba translates to heap pile, and rum is of course the liquor popular in the Caribbean. Any of these words might have been used descriptively when the dance was being formed. The name has most often been claimed to be derived from the Spanish word for carousel, or festival.
You see hip-hop dancing everywhere, from television and YouTube to social parties and gatherings. This form of dance is commonly recognized in our modern American society, but where did it all start? Hip-hop dancing started in the 1970s in New York City, where the first professional street-based dance crews formed. Around the time, young dancers would hit the parties and mimic the moves that were seen by dance crews and on the streets. Clive Campbell, better known as DJ Kool Herc, played an instrumental role in the birth of this dance form.
It became popular because of its sensualness. In the United States, it seems that belly dancing is rare due to its perception of inappropriateness. In dance studios, they always teach ballet, modern, jazz and hip-hop. If belly dancing is flagged as inappropriate, what makes jazz and hip-hop ok? Although hip-hop is known for its baggy clothes and sneakers, the movements have changed from structured house dances to very provocative gestures.
According to Holger Henke in his The West Indian Americans, Jamaican Rex Nettleford was correct when he said, “’dance was a primary instrument of survival’.” As such a vital part of cultural traditions, dance plays and integral role in the history culture. Three of the most influential styles of dance in the Caribbean are the Rumba, The Merengue, and the Salsa. The word Rumba is defined by the Merriam Webster Dictionary as “a ballroom dance of Haitian and Dominican origin in 2/4 time in which one foot is dragged on every step.” Here, however, Rumba is a collection of percussive rhythms, song and dance that originated in Cuba as a combination of the musical traditions of Africans brought to Cuba as slaves and Spanish colonizers. The term spread in the 1930s and 1940s to the faster popular music of Cuba where it was used as a catch-all term. There are two sources of this dance and genre: one Spanish, from the colonizers, and one African, beginning in the 16th century with the importation of African slaves.