Ballroom dancing has been one the favourite pastimes and hobbies of people from all ages and walks of life. In fact, it has become a lifestyle of people who love social gatherings and occasions. A decade ago, I am totally clueless about ballroom dancing. Whether it’s hip-hop, classic and traditional dances, I was definitely not into the said activity.
I have always believed and thought of myself as somebody who can’t dance. Being British, I have been exposed to Sequence Dancing though. And it was only recently that I learned that Sequence Dancing is but one of the types of ballroom dancing. Still, that doesn’t stop my friends from often teasing me of having two left feet.
My love for dancing actually started eight years ago when my family got relocated to Ottawa, Canada. Thus, my love and interest for ballroom and latin dancing in Ottawa began.
As I mentioned before, ballroom dancing usually refers to a set of dancing partners. It is said that there are more or less around twelve types of ballroom dancing which includes Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Jive, Linda Hop, Paso Doble, Mambo, Rumba, Samba, Quick Step, Tango, Viennese Waltz and Waltz. Said dances are performed all over the globe however there are specific type of dances that originated from specific continents and countries.
The dance forms which originated in Latin American countries are known as Latin dances. The different types of these dances are Salsa, Samba, Rumba, Cha-cha-cha, Merengue, Danza, Mambo, Bolero, Cumbia, Bachata and Tumba. Although they originated in Latin America, ballroom and latin dancing in Ottawa are very popular.
I’m sure most; if not all of those latin dances fanatics are familiar with Samba. It is said that Samba dance originated in Brazil at the beginning of 20th Century. Then there’s also the Mambo, which was invented by Perez Prado and was very popular in Cuba, New York and Mexico. The Salsa which was developed from both European and African cultures first reached Puerto Rico and then spread to other Caribbean islands. And who can forget the ever popular Cha-Cha-Cha, which originated in Cuba and of course the Merengue, which is the official dance form of the Dominican Republic.
Now, you don’t need to be in Latin America to enjoy all these dances as ballroom and latin dancing in Ottawa is very possible. Happy dancing everyone! 🙂