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Dances of the Caribbean
The Caribbean is where African percussive traditions, Iberian dances, folklore, and homegrown aesthetics came together to create some of the most popular couples’ dances practiced throughout the world today. Here are just a few dance styles that hail from this region:
- Rumba (Cuba): What is widely called rumba is actually a sped-up mashup of the Cuban son and guaracha dances. Rumba (also spelled “rhumba”) is famous for its sensual hip swings.
- Merengue (Dominican Republic): Though popular throughout Latin America, the merengue has special significance in the Dominican Republic, where merengue festivals fill neighborhoods with parades, three-piece bands, and dancers, of course.
- Salsa (Puerto Rico and Cuba): Invented by Cubans and Puerto Ricans in New York, salsa is a Caribbean dance that combines elements of the Cuban mambo, cha-cha-cha, and bomba, balancing body isolations with quick, fluid passes.
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