International Latin Dances

There are a lot of dance routines being used to showcase people’s talents and in the International Latin Dances, Jive is just one of them. There are actually five types of dance being observed during international meets when it comes to the Latin category. Each one of them has a unique story to tell. Here are the five routines in the Latin category.

Cha Cha

Many dancers would be quick to point out that the Cha Cha seems to be reminiscent of the dance routine Mambo. Having a Cuban descent, the dance routine is sometimes referred to as Cha Cha Cha as dancers would incorporate three quick steps and count to three while saying “Cha Cha Cha.” This is one of the most energetic dance routines that rivals the Jive in terms of energy and sass.


Though the original dance routine would find dancers performing the Rumba in a fast paced number, the ones in competitions tend to have a slower pace. The Rumba is known in the Latin dance world as the “dance of love.” Its popularity also has a lot to do with the fact that it is quite easy and fun to learn. The movements are usually constrained in a box-like pattern where a third slower step follows two quick ones which would take two beats to execute.


One of the most exciting forms of dance in the International Latin Dance scene, the Jive is a fast-paced routine coupled with speed and elegance in movements. Dancers usually only utilize a small part of the dance floor but are able to perform quick and fast movements. The dance originated from the African-Americans in the 1930s and crossed over to Europe as American GIs that fought during the World War II were often seen dancing to it. It has later evolved into an exciting routine as professional dancers would incorporate steps from other dance disciplines. As a result, it was added as part of the Latin category in international meets in 1968.


Samba can be danced by pairs or individuals and originated from Brazil. It is also one of the liveliest of the five Latin dances in international competition. It is quite hard to miss it as it has a lot of turns and jumps embedded into the dance routine. Performers would usually have Brazilian music to accompany their performance while dancing The Rumba though the speed of the dance is dependent on the music they choose.

Paso Doble

This dance is similar to a march dance as the name literally means “two steps” in Spanish. The dance takes off from the movement as well as the drama that encompasses bullfighting that is popular with Spanish and Portuguese people. It is even played during actual bullfight games. As lively as the dance is, it is still reminiscent of moderated movements that take out a lot of hip action during the routine. There was even a time when the Spanish infantry took it in as a regulatory step where they put in 120 steps per minute.