Latin dance is a general label and is mainly a partner form of dancing. It refers to types of ballroom dance and folk dance that originated in Latin America. Latin dance has been evolved and modified over the centuries, its Native Latin, European, and African roots will always remain in the movements and rhythms of the genre. The great thing about such genre is the rich, cultural history embedded in each dance.
Latin dancing has evolved and increased in popularity over the years and has now branched out into social dancing and has also made itself into competitive dancing.
Dance is also considered as a sport. DanceSport is used to denote a competitive form of Latin ballroom dancing. Such competitions occur at a local as well as at an international level. Popular DanceSport competitions are even televised. The name DanceSport was invented to help competitive ballroom dancing gain Olympic recognition. The physical demand of DanceSport has been the subject of scientific research. Thus, competitive dancing is a highly evolved and is an interesting, yet strict form of competition with interested participants increasing over time.
International DanceSport competitions mainly consists of the Cha-Cha-Cha, Rumba, Samba, Paso Doble, and the Jive.
Social Latin dances, also known as Street Latin include Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and the Argentine Tango. Such dances are seen at parties and is a space for people to socialise through dancing. It a fun way to experience new cultures globally especially in latin countries. It also helps one to meet new people and enjoy together through the outlet of dancing.