Dance Styles

Bachata Sensual

Bachata is a social dance originally from the Dominican Republic, now danced worldwide. From the late 1990s the dance style was created from the bachata music. The steps were inspired by the basic bolero steps but evolved to include a tap during syncopations (steps in between the beats), helping to express the more dynamic music commonly played. Over the years, different variants have been developed that includes, among others, the traditional bachata, the bachatango, the modern bachata, the ballroom style, and the sensual bachata. 

The sensual bachata was created in cadiz, spain, by korke escalona and judith cordero. They merged the traditional bachata dynamics with brazilian zouk dances styles, allowing a better understanding of how a leader could lead the follower's body to interpret the music. The following videos show the enhanced circular movements, body waves, body isolations, and dips.


Kizomba is a dance genre and musical style that originated in angola. The world kizomba means party and is also used to include several other dance styles that derived from its original dance style. Kizomba is known for a slow, insistent, sensuous rhythm hiped by electronic percussion. It is danced and accompanied by a partner very smoothly, slowly and sensuously, with neither tightness nor rigidity. 


Salsa evolved together with the music style that has the same name. They started to be popularized in the 1960's. Over the years, many different styles of salsa dancing have evolved around the world, depending on the instrumentation they follow and the stay they use to incorporate the salsa musicality into their movements. Some of the most recognized styles are the New York, the Los Angeles (L.A.), and the Cuban. The new york and the L.A. style characteristic is their linear movement, with the new york style following the second music beat.

This distinction makes new york-style receive the name of salsa on2, while the la style receives the name of salsa on1. On the other hand, Cuban salsa was traditionally danced in contra-tempo (no step is taken on the first and fifth beats in each clave pattern while fourth and eighth beats were emphasized). Nowadays, it is often danced on tempo (on1), keeping a circular dancing structure.

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