Dancing Into Latin America

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What are Latin American music and dance?

Dancing Into Latin America

Latin American music and dance incorporates several music dance forms in the countries of Latin America. These are an integral part of the Latin American Spanish-derived culture. Latin American music is generally a blend of Spanish song, African rhythms and European harmony. It tends to be syncopated and rhythmic. Music and dance that are commonly associated with this region include: * Rumba - an Afro-Cuban rhythmic music and dance * Merengue - a vocal and dance style from the Dominican Republic, developed in the early 19th century * Tango - this evolved in Buenos Aires at the end of the 19th century and made its way to Europe in the 1920s * Salsa - which blended Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican musical influences and emerged from New York's Hispanic community in the 1970s * Samba - which was invented in Brazil in the early 20th century. Latin American music and dance began to evolve with the arrival of the Spanish colonists in the 16th century. Spanish culture at the time was quite mixed and this had its influence on the music. Latin American music has continued to evolve, breeding such new forms as the lambada.



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