Interview - Latino Dance

1. What do we need to know about Latino Dance? What is so special about Latino Dance?

Latin American music rhythms was a concept that emerged in USA in order to be able to differ musical rhythms coming from Latin America from those with an Afro-American origin (even the when the first where inspired by them). In this sense, Latin music does not refer to a unique music style, but it covers a huge number of genres such as merengue, bachata or salsa. This music is a piece of popular culture, as these folkloric rhythms include legends, tales, dances and traditions from different artistic expressions.

Dancing Latin music implies feeling the melody of its musical instruments, and letting them take control of your body. Besides being a great way of expression and stress relief, it is a great physical conditioning activity. They can be danced solo, with partner, or even in big groups.

This course will teach you the basics of bachata, salsa caleña, merengue and lambada. Additional to that you will have the opportunity to learn how to dance some rhythms such as cumbia, mapalé, porro, vallenato among others.

2. When does the training take place?

Tuesdays from 19:30 to 21:00

3. Where does the training take place?

KaLi HSRW RAG 06 00 170

4. Is it ok to be a newcomer or do I have to be advanced?

Both newcomers and advanced are welcome. You can learn basics, polish your moves and even learn more advanced techniques.

5. What is the goal of this event?

The goal is meeting weekly in order to learn steps of different Latin rhythms. You would learn to differentiate the different rhythms and you will learn enough to dance those rhythms in any place without the need of choreography.

6. What is your goal being the coach of this event?

I want to share the different dancing expressions from my country. To teach how the music can be felt, and how the rhythms move automatically our bodies.

7. What can you say about yourself being a coach?

I learnt to dance in Colombia, focused on social dance. However, I have been very close to the different rhythms of my region. Since early ages I was fascinated with our folklore and its different dance expressions.

8. Why should a student be interested in this sport?

Practicing this activity improves concentration, coordination, stamina and memory. And as all the activities offered at the university it is a great way of socializing, meeting new people, and getting out of the routine.