Monday, October 24, 2011

Dancing Queens AND Kings

Latin Americans are hard-working people who are very serious about their job, education, duties, career, and overall goals. We strive to achieve the best and always put in our best effort in whatever we do. Most importantly, our friends and family are people to cherish and spend a lot of time with since they are the ones who will grant us warmth and happiness. But also, Latin Americans know how to have fun! There is no doubt about that. One of the things that we consider the most fun is dancing. We are so serious about our dancing that we are even recognized globally for our skills: the city where I am from, Cali, Colombia, is especially enthusiastic about dancing, so much that it is known the the Salsa Capital of the World.

In Latin American countries, when you typically go out to a party or to a club, the main attraction is the dance floor where you will find yourself dancing to various genres of music: salsa, merengue, bachata, vallenato, cumbia, reggaetton, among others. But dancing is not just about the fun of it. We also take it quite seriously and, actually, salsa has very recently been established as a professional ballroom dance style. Salsa has it's greatest influence in Colombia, Puerto Rico, and Cuba. The Dominican Republic is known for its sensual bachata. Venezuela has great merengue and most latin american countries share the cumbia or at least some variation of it. Dancing for many is a lifestyle, a way of making a living, and we pride ourselves in our distinct, animated styles of dancing. When you visit one of these magical countries, be sure to go out on the town one night, and take a partner who could dance all night - don't worry, you'll find that people with this ability are relatively easy to find!

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