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Salsa is now danced around the world and has become inseparably linked to the dance world.

Salsa is a collective name for different types of dance like the Son, Danzón, Guaguanco, Cha-cha, Mambo, etc. Other Latin American-, Caribbean- and African dances such as the Bachata, Merengue, Ritmo kombiná, Zouk, Afro House and Kizomba, have also been added to the Salsa parties in recent years.  Salsa also means "sauce".  A mix of different influences!

With her roots from Africa, Cuba, Latin America, in combination with European influences, the translation of Salsa honors her name.

You also have for that matter a different variety of the dance. The Colombian style, the Cuban style, the Puerto Rican style, the New York style (Mambo), the LA- style and within them also several other variations. Salsa parties are known for their relaxed and cozy atmosphere.


At Pa'lante, salsa will be given in LA-style, with the Mambo step as basis. During the beginners course you also get the basic steps of the merengue. At the end of your first course you’ll already be able to dance nicely at a salsa party.


Bachata is a typical Dominican music style and is characterized by high guitar tones, remarkable accord arrangements and wailing lyrics about tragic loves.Like the Salsa, Bachata has different styles such as the Dominican style, the Puerto Rican style and the Antillean style.

Bachata has become so popular in recent years that at various parties and international dance congresses a separate room is being assigned specifically for this style of music on a regular basis.


Kizomba has its origin in Angola. It is derived from the traditional Angolan Semba with Zouk and Compas music from the French Caribbean islands.

Kizomba is danced likewise to the Salsa, Merengue and Bachata with one partner. The dance has grown a lot in popularity in recent years and has several variations such as Semba, traditional Kizomba and Urban Kizomba (Urban Kiz). This is a new variation on Kizomba which has its origin in France.

Thanks to a large number of YouTube videos this style quickly became extremely popular in the international dance scene. This style is being mostly danced on electronic music, ghetto zouk and remixes of pop, hip - hop and house music. It is characterized by more linear and staccato movements.

Samba (Brazilian dance)

Samba is a lively, rhythmical dance of Afro-Brazilian origin in 2/4(2 by 4) time danced to Samba music whose origins include the Maxixe. The maxixe , occasionally known as the Brazilian tango, is a dance that originated in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro in 1868, at about the same time as the tango was developing in neighbouring Argentina and Uruguay.

Samba is a dance to black/African people in Brazil who brought much of their music and dance culture into Latin America with them upon arrival into many Latin American countries. 

Samba music is very similar to and has been influenced by many Angolan music genres. It has also been influenced by many other Latin American music genres and dances. The Samba music rhythm has been danced in Brazil since its inception in the late 16th century. There is actually a set of dances, rather than a single dance, that define the Samba dancing scene in Brazil; however, no one dance can be claimed with certainty as the "original" Samba style. 

Another major stream of the Samba dance beside the Brazilian Samba dancing styles is Ballroom Samba, which differs significantly.

Samba evolved in Rio de Janeiro by the early 20th century and grew to become the quintessential music and dance form associated with Rio's carnaval.


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