Latin American dancing became popular in the 20th century and originates from Cuba and other South and Central American countries. Like Ballroom these are partner dances and have been standardised and categorised for teaching with techniques and rhythms agreed upon. There are five main International Latin style competitive dances they are:  Samba, Cha Cha Cha,  Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive.

  • Samba:  this dance came from the streets of Rio in Brazil and today still has figures with very different rhythms incorporated from the many different South American dances. It is a rhythmical dance with lots of hip action.

  • Cha Cha Cha:  this dance takes its namesake from the rhythm of the feet stamping on the floor. The dance originated from Cuba and has a lively and flirtatious feel.

  • Rumba:  nicknamed the ‘Queen’ of the Latin dances this dance is meant to tell the story of the lady trying to seduce her male partner. This rhythmic dance has elements of teasing and withdrawal within the movements.

  • Paso Doble:  this dance transforms the atmosphere of the dance floor into a Spanish bull fighting arena. The male partner is the matador and the woman’s role varies depending on the interpretation of the dance. This is one of the most dramatic dances and has strong Flamenco influences.

  • Jive:  this dance is influenced by the Rock & Roll, Boogie Woogie and African/American Swing of the 20th century resulting in a rhythmical swinging dance with lots of kicks and flicks.