A very energetic Latin dance. Lots of fun, complete with spins, sharp movement, and crisp turns. Very popular in Latin clubs along with Merengue. Styles varies depending on where you are from. Costa Rican salsa in general goes side to side but LA style for example goes forward and backwards. This dance is also similar to Mambo. A great dance to learn if you want to break into the Latin club scene not only in Atlanta but all over the U.S.
The authentic Bachata dance is the original way of dancing Bachata, The original, slow style in the '60s was danced only in closed position, like the bolero, often in close embrace. The Bachata basic steps are done by moving within a small square (side, side and then tap your toes back and side, side, back) and is inspired from the bolero step but evolved to including a tap and also syncopation (steps in between the beats) depending on the dynamics of the music being played. The hand placement can vary according to the position of the dances, which can range from very close to open to completely open.
East Coast Swing/Hustle
Here's a fast Latin dance that never slows down. Very easy to learn and I often refer to this dance as the “marching with style”. It's the most popular dance at most Latin clubs along with Salsa.
Yet another Latin dance with a wide variety of music from which to choose from. A lot of the music that you hear on the radio from Christina Aguilera, Santana etc. You can dance cha cha to, as well as most of the popular club mixes and even some country music make for good Cha-Cha.
A moderately slow Latin dance with plenty of wraps, under arm turns and a truck load of flirtation. Often called the dance of love, you can Rumba to a wide variety of music from Tito Puente to Jimmy Buffet.
In Antillean French Creole, Zouk means party! Zouk is both a dance and a type of music. This sensual and energetic dance has roots in Brazilian Lambada and Samba, while the music has French Caribbean roots.
Zouk is a fun, modern dance suitable for all ages. For many in the younger dance crowd, Zouk has rekindled an interest in partner dancing. For those who have experience dancing other traditional Latin dances (and even West Coast Swing), many of the moves, techniques or concepts from those dances can be imported to Zouk, making it relatively easy to adapt to this dance. In addition, Zouk can be danced to a variety of music and a variety of moods, making it a versatile dance to know.