Dances of the Latin Spirit

Latin American dancing evokes the spirit of Cuba, Argentina, Brazil and the islands. The lecture discusses the sensual, dramatic, energetic features of the Latin spirit and points out how the ballroom dance version of some of these dances often differs from the original.

The following dances are discussed and demonstrated:

Esther and Mark performing
the Bolero
Mohonk Mountain House

Esther and Tom Performing the
Tango Argentino

Here is the Paso Doble
some of the bull have a lot of fun!

Target audience: General audience. People interested in social dancing, history, historical societies and historical sites, colleges, universities, cruise ships, etc.

A few words about the dances:

Cha Cha

The Cha Cha originated in Cuba. It was introduced to the United states in 1954.


This is a fast version of the Triple Swing with a special twist to it.


No sooner was the Lambada introduced to the United States, its' popularity vanished within a matter of months.


The birth place of the Mambo is also Cuba. This dance is associated with Perez Prado who introdced it to a Havana nightclub in 1943.


Both Haiti and the Dominican republic claim this dance as their own. The dance was introduced to the United States in 1950

Paso Doble

This dance originated from Spanish Bullfighters. In this the man plays the part of the Matador and the lady is his cape.


The dance of love originally a sex pantomime. Refined into a ballroom dance in Cuba. But there is still a lot of sensual movement and interaction between the dancers.


There is little difference between the Mambo and Salsa. It is the stuff you put on Nachos!


The national dance of Brazil. The ballroom version of the dance is mighty different, however.

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