Salsa and Social Latin Dances

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Salsa and Social Latin Dances 2017-07-01T13:03:44+00:00



While listening to the Salsa music, we hear the rhythms of Mambo and the beats of ChaChaCha and Guaracha through the bass rhythms of Son Montuno with the effect of jazz which was originated in New York. We also hear the rhythms that were brought to Cuba years ago by the African slaves whose origins were based on the custom of worshipping with dance. We may observe several salsa styles that are distinctively discriminated from each other on specific parts of the world. Footwork and turning characteristics of each of these styles differ from each other. The best known of these are “Los Angeles (L.A.) Style On1 Style”, “New York Style On2 Style”, “Cuban Style” and “Rueda de Casino” and you may be able to learn all these styles which were awarded in this field through our instructors who are the World and Olympiad Champions at Aytunç Bentürk Dance Academy.


Mambo, which is a kind of dance and music originated in Cuba, has become what it is today by being influenced by the forms such as Rock and Swing in South America. Mambo, which is particularly a trend of festivals and competitions, is instructed at Aytunç Bentürk Dance Academy by our instructors who are experts in their field.




Merengue is a fun dance which is appropriate for small and crowded dance halls, full of action, easy to learn and open to impromptu. It embodies quick hip movements just as in salsa dancing.

Clup Cha Cha 

Clup ChaCha is originally a Cuban dance and music form. ChaCha music was first brought out by Enrique Jorrin, a Cuban violinist and composer, in 1953. The name of this dance may also be written as ChaChaCha. The rhythm of this dance is generated by modifying the fourth beat in danzon dance.



Bachata, which was originated in the Dominican Republic, is a paired dance in a closed position accompanied by romantic songs reflecting the feelings such as love and passion. In Turkey, Bachata is the most popular dance form after salsa and you may be able to learn it at Aytunç Bentürk Dance Academy thanks to our instructors who are experts and champions in this field.


Rueda means ‘a wheel’ and it is a form of traditional Cuban dance. In Rueda, couples make a circle and they dance in accordance with the commands of a leader called ‘cantante’. Dancers in circle perform their Casino (Cuban Style Salsa) figures called by the leader. The leader calls the commands – named ‘cantantes’- out loud and with the use of mimics if necessary.

Most commands are communicated through hand movements, which paves the way for communication in loud music. The names of the moves are in Spanish and English is sometimes used as well. In Rueda, couples often change their partners.

la rueda



Pachanga is a cheerful and fun dance form of Cuban origin with a Charleston dance flavour due to the bending of knees continuously. It is danced to the downbeat of four-four time with Charanga music in which flutes, violins and percussions are chiefly employed.

Cuban immigrants started practising Pachanga rhythms and dance style in America and it became popular in 1950’s and 1960’s.

This form of dance, which became common in 1950’s, was recorded by Joe Piro and it had its place among the first Pachanga educational videos of those years.

Pachanga music is generally closer to Jazz music and it embodies the downbeat of four-four time salsa music and a sense of rhythm that stick in the mind. Cowbell particularly contributed to this form of music.

Pachanga dance has got lots of quick and complicated foot moves. With continuous change of foot weight and dragging steps with pelvis, first basics of this dance is feasible.