If zouk has become a traditional dance of Martinique and Guadeloupe, Latin dances like Salsa, Merengue and Bachata are also experiencing a big popularity in the West Indies. If a rental car offers you the possibility to move all over the island, it would be a shame not to explore the many evenings or festivals that take place throughout the year and are much opportunity to s to amuse or to learn the Latin dances. Europcar Martinique tells you more about these dances and reveals some good places ...
Salsa, Bachata, Merengue ... a little history
If these three Latin dances are all from the north of the Caribbean, initially they get their African roots. The first Caribbean slave populations brought with them their folklore, their rhythms and dances rich in percussion. Under the influence of Spanish culture very present at that time, new dances began to emerge to lead today including Salsa, Bachata and Merengue. It is this shared past of slavery and the proximity with Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic that the West Indian populations derive their passion for Latin dances.
Each island has evolved and given birth to new rhythms and sounds.
Salsa, a native of Cuba, is the fruit of several dances including the mambo, rumba and sound, a Cuban popular dance originated in Africa. This is also from there that it derives its name which means sauce (mixture) in Spanish. Salsa is danced on 8 time (with a break in the days 4 and 8) with circular movements. We practice the couple or group (in 'rueda "or wheel in Spanish). Under the influence of North American and European dances, many rock passes were added to the original Cuban salsa. Similarly, another salsa style, called salsa 'Puerto Rican', was born in Miami by the person of Eddie Torres is the first to have formalized the dance techniques under the salsa born in the United States. Under this heading, it cuts across various salsa dance variations that we find online and at many international competitions.
The origin of merengue goes back to the mid-19th century to Portoricco. Issue campaigns and presenting sensual movement (considered lascivious), she was badly received from the bourgeoisie who preferred his tumba. It nevertheless became the official national dance by decision of the dictator Rafael Trujillo in the 30 to score to make it a tool of propaganda and especially display its rural origins. Anecdote funny, the first piece of merengue to have erupted in France is simply a recovery Patrick Sébastien: Fiesta!
Marked early by the sound of the accordion and rhythm on two stages, the accordion has so far gone and new forms of merengue saw under the influence of salsa in particular. Piano, synthesizer or copper are now an integral part of the music. Quick tip to dance merengue: you can make your salsa assists.
More recent than the merengue, bachata as it comes from Portorico and knows a growing success since particularly successful interplanetary Obsession Aventura. It can be considered as a mixture of bolero with other musical influences of African and other styles like sound, merengue, cha-cha-cha and tango. Besides, his name is native to Africa and means celebration.
Although as of 8 times, bachata is danced in a style other than salsa. The dance steps are on the sides or back and forth with a pointed foot on time 4 and 8. His music is played by several guitars (two or three), accompanied by percussion (bongos, maracas, güira) and a coffee.
That you know everything (or almost) on popular Latin dances of Martinique evenings. It'll just go to practice ...!
Where to dance salsa, merengue and bachata in Martinique?
Many evenings are organized throughout the year across the island and most are announced a few weeks to take place. Therefore difficult to present a comprehensive calendar of evenings to come, but it will likely rely on a rental car in order to get there.