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  • Cha-Cha

  • Samba

  • Rumba

  • Paso-Doble

  • Jive

Latin dance is also enjoyed both socially and competitively. There are five Latin dances. They are the samba, cha cha, rumba, paso doble and jive. The Latin American samba originated from Brazil, where it is the national dance. It is danced with a slight bounce action with an emphasis on hip action as well. The cha cha is a fun, flirtatious dance with elements of Cuban motion. The rumba, commonly known as the dance of love, originated in Cuba where it where it was adapted from bolero. The paso doble has Spanish origins; it depicts the bullfight between the matador and the bull. The woman takes the role of the red cape and the man personifies the matador. Lastly, the jive is a swing dance and it’s a slight variation of the jitterbug. It involves a combination of swing elements as well as jumping parts.