Thursday, January 27, 2011


"Dance Latino" by Debra Hurd

Over time Latin America has come to develop its own unique popular culture through exchange with outside nations such as the Spanish. Now, if you had one minute to call out what first comes to mind when hearing “Latin American culture” what would you think of? I wouldn’t doubt that within seconds women in colorful flowing skirts, shaking their hips would dance their way into your head to the fast rhythm of conga drums being hit and fun, upbeat music blearing in the background. The women and their partners move in an intimate rhythm that is salsa.

Salsa dancing as a title originated in Latin America during the late 1960s. Its unique rhythm mixes different Cuban dance styles such as son, rumba, and chachacha. Its importance in Latin American culture comes from the identity it gives the nation, unifying its people by practice of salsa music and dance. It is also meant to be an outlet for expression. Dancers communicate their emotions through the movement of their bodies.

This painting is a visual aid of common stereotypes we assign salsa dancing. Typically, salsa is associated with bright vibrant colors, movement that seems fast pace, flowing costumes, and live music with a Spanish sounding tune.


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