This dance has Spanish and French origins. It tells the story and therefore looks very dramatic with staccato movements, body poses are striking, and feet moves in flamenco style.
The bachata is a dance that originated in the Dominican Republic and includes Latin American and African influences. In the 1960s, the original style was slow and involved dancing in a closed position. In other words, the dance partners danced close together and made contact with their bodies. Bachata of the 1960s was strongly influenced by Cuban Bolero.
You may have heard of people taking up zumba dance to stay fit, and you may even have wondered exactly what zumba dance is. Zumba is a type of dance that originated in the 1990s. It was developed by Alberto Perez who is a Columbian choreographer and dancer.
Before going through the process of involved in dancing salsa, it is trite to mention the necessary salsa dance steps in the Linear Style or Cross-Body-Lead style of salsa.
Music serves as a great form of human expression and communication. Spanish music has a rich long history that contributes to its great diversity and is reflective of the various musical traditions across its regions. The music of Latin American was greatly influenced by the European settlers during the 16th-century conquest by the Spanish and Portuguese. These countries have styles of music that showcase their rich cultural heritage. Still, there are significant differences between Spanish Music and Latin American Music when you look at factors such as styles, instrumentation, musical history or even culture implications.
Ostensibly the most prominent Spanish music art-form, the Flamenco has its origins in the different folkloric music traditions of Andalusia. It incorporates singing (cante), guitar playing (toque), dance (baile), vocalizations (jaleo), hand clapping (palmas), and finger snapping (pitos).
Rich, diverse and interesting is the history of Spanish music. Various cultural trends such as the bagpipe-based music of the northwest, the jota of the north and central, and the flamenco from the southern regions as well as centuries of uninterrupted Roman influence contributed greatly to the rich diversity observed in Spanish music. Although commercial pop music now dominates the industry, the expansiveness of melodic development can be found in music composers like Tomás Luis de Victoria, the zarzuela style of Spanish musical show, Manuel de Falla’s ballet, and Francisco Tárrega’s guitar music.
Spain has several venues where music is played. Some of the best concert venues are discussed here. Depending what area of Spain you happen to be visiting, you can catch a live music concert or some Spanish flamenco music. The hour long Spanish Guitar Concert at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona is definitely one of the best concerts to attend in Spain. Not only is the music fantastic but the architecture in the concert hall is so impressive that it has been named a UNESCO world heritage site.
There are some amazing Spanish singers who are around today. Some of these singers have made a noticeable impact internationally. Not all singers who sing in Spanish are from Spain. Enrique Martín Morales, better known as Ricky Martin has made a very big impact in America. He actually started his career as a child in a boy pop group called Menudo. After this time he went solo and produced albums singing in Spanish. He comes from Puerto Rico and has also made a big impact singing in English as well as Spanish.
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