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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.

HEAR, HEAR

The Origins of Jamaican Ska Music
Jamaican ska is a mingling of Trinidadian calypso music, Jamaican mento folk music, and American jazz and R&B. 

SIGHT TO SEE

Haiti’s Timeworn Monument to Bravery
Atop the Bonnet à L’Evêque mountain on Haiti’s northern coast, the 110,000 square foot Citadelle Laferrière has stood as a UNESCO-recognized symbol of freedom. 

ANCESTRY EATS

A Mouthful of Fire: the “Scotchies” of Jerk
Jerk isn’t just a flavor — it’s a style of cooking believed to have been developed by Jamaicans descended from West African people, and which has become emblematic of greater Caribbean cuisine. 

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