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International Style Latin

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International Latin consists of five dances:
Cha Cha Cha
Paso Doble


Latin dance refers to a type of Ballroom dancing and folk dancing that (with few exceptions) originated in Latin America. The category of Latin dance in International Style Latin DanceSport competitions consists of the Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, and the Jive.


The dances that make up the list of DanceSport dances are performed competitively at Amateur and Professional levels throughout the world. There are ten International Style Ballroom dances: five Standard and five Latin. They are defined by the World Dance Council (WDC), which has world-wide membership of all countries taking part in Ballroom competitions.

The 5 Latin Dances

Name WDSF Tempo (MPM) WDC Tempo (MPM) WDSF Dancing Time (seconds) WDC Dancing Time (seconds)
Cha Cha Cha 30–32 30 90–120 90–120
Samba 50–52 48 90–120 90–120
Rumba 25-27 22 90–120 90–120
Paso Doble 60-62 56 90–120 90–120
Jive 42-44 42 90–120 90–120

The Latin dances are more overtly sensual, with fashionable, dressy costumes for women and tight-fitting, classy ones for men. More variation in movement is allowed than in the Standard dances. Close, semi-open and open figures are danced. Choreography is extremely important. Hip action is common as well as athletic and balletic maneuvers. The Samba and Paso Doble are the two Latin dances that are progressive, but there is no obligation to move in any pre-set manner round the floor.


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