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Below you will find some basic information about 
other popular styles of dance. It's so easy when you 
learn a style of dance. It's even better when you 
realise that there are so many other styles of 
dance out there to be discovered.
 
Latin Dances 
 
Bachata
Social dance from Dominican Republic. 
Different styles - Authentic, Western ' Traditional ' , 
Modern, Bachata Sensual, Bachantango 
Bossa Nova
Social dance from Brazil. 1950's and 60's. 
No official steps though this craze was short lived. 
Cumbia
Social dance from Colombia. Popularity has 
spread from Mexico to Argentina.
Forro
Social dance from Brazil. Forro steps can be 
seen in Cumbia and Samba.
Kizomba
Kizomba is one of the most popular genres of 
dance originating in Angola. Unlike semba, kizomba music is characterized by a slower and usually very romantic rhythm.
Lambada
Around 1983, the Carimbó dance started again to 
be danced in couples, in a 2-beat style, something very close to Merengue, but with more spins. The Lambada spread along the 
coast until it reached Bahia where it was influenced 
by the Forró, an old Brazilian style of dance which also 
had a strong beat. It became a four-beat dancing style, 
which was distinctive from the original Carimbó.
Merengue
Social dance from Dominican Republic. 
Three styles Authentic Native, Nightclub or Ballroom.
Pachanga
Described as "a happy-go-lucky dance" of 
Cuban origin with a Charleston flavour due to 
the double bending and straightening of the knees.
Perreo
Perreo is a dance associated with reggaeton 
music that emerged in the early 1990s in Puerto Rico.
Salsa
Social dance developed from Mambo in New York. 
There are many different styles New York (East Coast), 
Cuban (Miami), Perto Rican, Colombian and 
L.A (West Coast).
Samba Gafieira
Social dance from Brazil. Can be danced 
to a number of rhythms.
Semba
Semba is from Angola. Semba comes from 
the singular Masemba, meaning "a touch of the bellies"
a move that characterizes the Semba dance.
Zouk
Social dance from Brazil. Roots in Lambada and 
Samba. Different styles include - Zouk - Caribbean Zouk, 
Zouk - Lambada, LambaZouk, ZoukLove or Kizomba 
and Soul Zouk.
Zumba
Zumba is a dance fitness program created by 
Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto "Beto" Perez 
during the 1990s.

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