Dance Styles


Salsa

Salsa is the name given to a type of music and partner dance, which originates from Cuba. It is a vibrant music with infectious African rhythms, Spanish harmonies and a strong jazz influence.

The name ‘salsa’ was coined in the 1960s to reflect this wonderful blend of ingredients, which come together to make this hot and spicy music and dance!

We teach the most popular style of salsa in the Estonia at the moment, based on the ‘cross-body lead’.
Learn at your our own rate and move up a class level after checking with your teacher.

Bachata

Bachata is a style of dance that originated in the Dominican Republic. with subjects of forlorn emotion, romance, and heartbreak. You can easily recognize bachata for its predominant use of the electric guitar which usually plucks out the main rhythm. An evolution from the Bolero, bachata has had much success in clubs in recent years. It is danced widely all over the world but not identically. Not only is the bachata fun, but anyone can do it! It is as easy as 1-2-3-4. All you have to do is close your eyes, feel the rhythm, and start the steps. And, you don’t need anything but a beat in your head and three steps worth of space. You can dance the bachata alone, with a partner, in the kitchen, at a park, or on the dance floor.

Kizomba

Kizomba is one of the most popular genres of dance and music originating in Angola. It is a derivative of traditional Angolan semba with zouk and compas music from the French Caribbean Islands. On this basis, Kizomba music emerged as a more modern music genre with a sensual touch mixed with African rhythm. Unlike Semba, Kizomba music is characterised by a slower and usually very romantic rhythm, sung generally in Portuguese or English.

Semba

Semba is the traditional Angolan dance from which Angolan kizomba is derived. For many Angolans there is no major distinction between steps used in semba and those used in kizomba (other than the obvious generally slower pace of kizomba and the use of walking figures to a lesser degree in the latter). Semba has however a much playful character and there are many extravagant steps, dips, slides and so on that the leader can use in the show-style variety of the dance.

Our semba lessons focus mostly in social semba, with its intrinsic use of space and characteristic changes of direction, but also a few elements of show semba.

Brazilian zouk

Brazilian Zouk has captured the hearts of many people around the world and has recently started being called “the dance of love”. With its strong, flowing movements, zouk attracts people who are generally strong and grounded, and looking for a dance that emphasizes interdependent partner interaction to create.

It is a sensual partner dance with origins in Lambada (aka “the Forbidden Dance”) and danced to “Zouk” rhythms made popular in the French Caribbean. These days the dance has developed deeply with influences in classical dance, street dance and other partnered styles (Forro, Samba, Salsa, etc.). The music that we dance to has also evolved with the introduction of various genres of music (i.e. hip hop, R&B, pop) that have similar rhythmic structures and/or a danceable lyrical component.

Zouk is known best for flowing motion and upper body movement (i.e. body waves), giving rise to the woman’s dramatic “hair flicks”. The dance is close with an intimate partner connection. Dancers often deviate from the general rhythm to allow for musical interpretation. The pace of the dance is generally slow and smooth.

The result is that it is beautiful to watch, and extremely fun to dance.

Rueda de casino

Rueda de Casino is not a style of salsa dancing as such, but rather the name Cuban’s give to a group dance done in the Casino or Cuban style of salsa dancing. Rueda being the Spanish word for “wheel”, describes the typical formation of the dancers as, in their pairs, they form a circle.

The group dance to the cue of a designated caller, who will shout out names of short moves (commonly accompanying the calls with hand gestures), which often lead to the dancers exchanging partners during the dance.