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Salsa or tango: which Latin dance is right for you?

August 3, 2015

Excerpt from an OUPblog article, published on July 23rd, by Juliet McMains, Associate Professor of Dance at University of Washington. She is the author of Spinning Mambo into Salsa: Caribbean Dance in Global Commerce, which is now available on Oxford Scholarship Online.

Spinning Mambo into Salsa

"Partnered social dancing has enjoyed a steady rise in popularity over the past decade as more and more people recognize its social, physical, and emotional benefits. Because “touch” dancing never fell out of fashion in Latin America, Latin dances have evolved to respond to the sensibilities of their contemporary practitioners without loosing their deep connection to a historical legacy. Two of the most popular Latin dances worldwide are salsa, with roots in the Spanish Caribbean, and the Argentine tango. Vibrant communities of salsa and tango dancers can be found in most major cities of today’s globalized world. Although both are danced to music with Spanish lyrics and stem from courtship rituals in Latin American cultures, their distinct charms appeal to different personalities and social groups. Which dance will trip your light fantastic?"

Discover more: Find out what Latin dance is right for you in Juliet's article 'Salsa or tango'. The introductory chapter 'From Mambo to Salsa: Dancing across Generational Divides' is now freely available until the end of August. Get access to the full text of this book, as well as over 300 Oxford Music titles, by recommending OSO to your librarian today.