Dance Articles

Dance Articles, FAQ's, Tips & Editorials for dancers in Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, Cha Cha, Mambo, Merengue & Latin Dance. Find out about the history of these styles & all partner dancing.  Tips on learning, Tips for the dance floor for men & women, leading & following, what's expected, what's not, and so much more.  Theres some great factual & opionion pieces and a few extras... have a read and learn more.

Dance Class FAQ's
Frequently Asked Questions

Dance Class FAQ's 
Applies to most classes; but specifically for Salsa Latina Academy; Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, Cha Cha, Merengue Dance Classes.

Origins of Salsa
Millie Donay & Cuban Pete in New York Palladium Era dancing Salsa
Salsa Dance History

Salsa is a popular form of social dance had origins in Cuba. But it wasn't called Salsa until it hit New York. The movements of Salsa are a combination of the Afro-Cuban dances Son, cha-cha-cha, Mambo, Rumba, and the Danzón. The dance, along...

Salsa Dance Styles
Salsa Dance Styles

Today, Salsa dancing can be divided into several styles defined by the geographic region from which they come. Generally, these styles are identified as L.A. style, New York style, Cuban and Miami style. Although these are not "official" styles......

Dance History
History of all Partner Dancing

The Predecessor to all modern partner dances is the Waltz. 
If you look at Tango, Salsa, Mambo, Cha Cha, Semba, Kizomba, Son, Forro, Merengue, Bachata, Zouk, Salsa, Swing, Jive, and all Ballroom styles. They all have..

Social Teaching
Social Teaching while dancing
Social Teaching While Dancing

Social dancing includes Salsa parties, Balls, Congresses, Festivals & Salsa Club Nights, anywhere Salsa dancing is Social. Trying to teach or correct someone on the social dance floor is ‘always’ a bad idea, most people find this very annoying......

Salsa vs Latin
Salsa Nights vs Latin Nights
Salsa Nights vs Latin Nights

When starting to learn Salsa, Bachata or Kizomba you might be looking to have any opportunity to go out Latin dancing. There are plenty of “Latin Nights” on the market to go dance, which is great. However there is a huge difference between them..

Benefits of Dance
Benefits of Dancing
Benefits of Dancing

Music and dancing has been a part of many different cultures for centuries. It is part of celebration and entertainment. And whether they knew it or not, way back when the dancing began, there are numerous amazing health benefits..

Dance Ettiqutte
Dance Floor Etiquette
Dance Floor Etiquette

What is dance floor etiquette?

The art of dancing, whether good or bad, in your own space. The art of not being all over the dance floor, unaware of or totally oblivious to the other people dancing around you. The art of having.....

Dance Tips
Tips for learning dance
Tips on Learning Dance

The most common problem is that students rush through the basics in their desire to advance to the next level, and it seems teachers encounter exactly the same problem everywhere in the world! Try to overcome this temptation It is vital ..

More out of Class
Getting more out of your Salsa Class
Get More out of your Salsa Class

Many times we walk into a class feeling we already have most of what is being taught, but that we just need one thing ( a new step, syncopation, body move, timing etc etc). When this happens we tend to only hear what we want to hear, not...

Classes to Socials
Salsa Classes to Salsa Night Clubs
From Classes to Latin Socials

Going to the Latin Night club or Salsa Parties is the MOST important thing for any level! Ready or not, first of all going to the club should be main reason you are trying to learn salsa - to dance AT the actual Salsa night club or party....

Who Owns Salsa?
Who Owns Salsa?
Who Owns Salsa?

One of the most hotly debated issues around Salsa is where its from and who owns it; in a recently reissued song, Pio Leyva sings, "if they talk to you about Salsa, lies, it’s called Son" (si te hablan de la salsa, mentira, se llama son). I can now reveal...

Merengue Dancing
All About Merengue

What is Merengue? Merengue is Latin dance on two beats, counted as: “one, two, one, two, one, two…” because of its simple footwork or sometimes counted in 4 beats as in the music. It is an incredibly easy dance to learn and explore, with heavy...

Bachata & History
Bachata & History of Bachata
About Bachata & it's History

Bachata is a popular music style and Latin dance from the Dominican Republic. Although developed mostly in last forty years, it has just gained international popularity lately. Nowadays, Bachata is well known not simply in the Caribbean..

Kizomba & History
Kizomba & Kizomba History
About Kizomba & It's History

Kizomba is characterised by a slower, romantic, more sensuous rhythm than the traditional Angolan Semba dance. Kizomba music emerged as a more modern music genre with a sensual touch mixed with African rhythm and Haitian Kompa...

Samba & History
Samba History
Samba History

Samba remains a popular Brazilian dance form and musical genre. Over the years, it has been exported worldwide, and fused with contemporary music to its success. Though its origins are widely disputed, the genre can be placed as having its roots.

Salsa Basic Steps
Salsa Basic Steps
Salsa Basic Steps

The word 'salsa' literally means 'sauce', usually hot and spicy, and that's definitely how you would describe salsa dance – zesty, energetic, passionate and sexy. Salsa is a sensual Latin dance, similar to Mambo. Both have a pattern of six steps over..

What is Salsa?
What is Salsa?
What is Salsa?

Salsa has an addictive quality inherent in this rhythm which fuels the desire to become part of it and express it physically, this varied music enveloped by the umbrella term "salsa," and its fundamental, most visible instrument... DANCE...

Street vs Ballroom
Street Latin vs Ballroom Latin
Street Latin vs Ballroom Latin

Latin dances defined: The term 'Latin dances' in the context of social and ballroom dances may be used in two meanings. The public tend to get these mixed up very easily, mainly due to lack of dance education. Its good to ..

Leading & Following
Leading & Following in Salsa & Partner dances
Leading & Following

Social dancing in couples is mainly a phenomenon of Western European culture. Social dance has structure but is not executed in the form of routines i.e. basic rules which once understood allows two individuals to dance together and..

Social Dance Tips
Salsa Nithts Social dance tips
Social Dance Tips for Salsa

Salsa is a social dance, you can go anywhere in the world and dance with anyone. This is the same with other dance styles such as Bachata & Kizomba. When should I start dancing socially? Right away! Another important part of learning ..

Salsa Timing
Salsa Timing & Percussion
Salsa Timing & Percussion

Salsa is played in common time, that is four beats in every bar. The music is played in two bar phrases, thereby forming an eight-count. Clave - As yet the most robust criterion for defining a piece of music as salsa music is that it should obey the..

Salsa Musicality via percussion
Salsa Musicality via Percussion

Salsa Music is fundamentally in bars of four beats. Salsa is considered 4/4, (four equal beats per bar), merengue a 2/4 beat. But, Salsa the dance is over eight beats... so it is always in two bars. If you listen to salsa, each phrase is over two bars or eight..

Salsa Story
Salsa Dance Class Salsa Story
Salsa Story

There was a five year old little girl who was mesmerised by Moira Shearer’s performance in “The Red Shoes”. Afterward, she pleaded for a ballet lesson to her mother. The money was tight and the mother was proud. Her reply ..

Beginners Hell
Beginners Hell for Salsa
Beginners Hell in Partner Dance

Do you know other dances? Knowing how to hip hop, tap, ballet, jazz, flamenco, or any other type of solo dance will obviously help you in understanding rhythm.   However in the beginning it will actually hurt you while learning partner dancing..

Dance Popular NZ
Dance Class Dance popular in New Zealand
Dance is Popular in New Zealand

Dance one of the most popular recreation activities for New Zealanders. Dance is the 8th most popular physical activity for New Zealanders, the new SPARC 2007/08 Active New Zealand Survey has revealed. 16.8% of those aged 16 years and above listed..

Dance Health
Stretch Health Fitness & Dance
Stretch, Health & Dance

Exercise or activity that involves stretching muscles ensures that joints are mobile and the body is more elastic and supple.
Stretching gradually increases elasticity, tone, and strength of muscles.  It also improves range of joint motion...

Learning Plateus
Image by Scott Broome
Learning Plateus in Dance

Everyone has learning phases, it's like climbing a mountain. The biggest is in the first year of learning Salsa & many other partner dances. At some point you will plateau 'level off', it's where you reach a certain level where you feel as though..

Shines & Footwork
Dancing During Carnaval
The Importance of Shines

Solo dancing is helpful for many reasons in Partner dance styles. Shines are usually referred to patterns, steps & footwork beyond just the basic steps. Footwork is generally means any kind of Footwork including basic steps & Shines....

Testimonials from dancers
Salsa Latina Testimonials

Salsa Latina Testimonials from Dancers, Student & Guests at Salsa Latina Dance Academy, Classes & Events in Christchurch NZ.
Does not include testimonials from independent teachers


Dance is joyful. Dance is cathartic and therapeutic. Dance is a way of expressing, defining, and affirming one’s identity. Dance is a means to communicate. Dance is Art. Dance is a means to connect to music. Dance builds community and trust. Dance is a bridge to cultural heritage(s). Dance is an expression of our humanity.