The rhythm of Chachachá comes from Cuba and was invented in 1953 by the compositor and violinist Enrique Jorrín. The first step of this style is done with the second beat of the music and the basic step always consists of five passes: two slow and three fast steps: 2, 3, Chachachá or 1, 2, Chachachá. The style is danced calmly, lacy and coquettish. The hips move up and down with every step which bears comparison with a very natural movement. Thus, the body weight is relocated from one side to the other by bending and stretching the knees. Moreover, lacy figures are danced. Chachachá is a refreshing and calm dancing style.
Here you can find the Chachachá program: Calendar Chachachá
8. Rueda Chachachá
Rueda Chachachá is danced by a group of dance couples who position themselves in a circle and dance the same figures at the same time, always considering the Chachachá stroke. The figures are commanded by one member of the group, the “Cantante” (in English: the singer/ anchorman). Thus, it is crucial to name the figures, so that everyone knows them.
Here you can find the Rueda Chachachá program: Calendar Chachachá Rueda
9. Salsa L.A. Style
Salsa L.A. Style (or Los Angeles Style) was created between 1990 and 2000 in the US. This style is danced “on one” and characterized because of its figures, which are danced along an imaginary straight line. When changing the position, the man takes the place of the woman and vice versa.
The figures are very broad and visually clean, are done fast and contain also acrobatic elements. Especially the woman performs many turns and movements with the arms. Hence, the velocity, strength, practice and demanding technical requisites are very important.
Here you can find the Salsa L.A. Style program: Calendar Salsa L.A. Style
10. Salsa New York Style/ Mambo
Salsa New York Style or Mambo was created by Edye Torres in New York City. This style is danced “on two” in one line. The woman and the man follow an imaginary line and poften change positions. This is calles “Cross Body Style”. The straight-line figures and elegance are characteristic for Salsa New York Style. As the L.A. style Salsa New York Style is one of the mostly danced styles at international competitions, because it was developed by great and professional dancers. New York Style is a show style, but it is also danced at social dances.
Here you can find the Salsa New York Style program: Calendar Salsa New York Style
Pachanga is a very funny dance and a fusion of Merengue and Conga. It gained popularity in 1959 in Columbia. Pachanga is an interaction of free steps and is mostly danced alone – without a partner. Thus, it increases the ability of improving when dancing and the joy of dancing with a partner.
Here you can find the Pachanga program: Calendar Pachanga