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My hobby - Dance
Dominika Tomkowicz
ZSP 1 in Krosno
About Me
 My name is Dominika. I am 17 years old.
I attend the second class in TEp.
My hobby
 My hobby is dance. This is my passion. I attend dance
classes in my school. I am a member of
a dance team.
We come up with different dance routines to the music
base. Then we perform at many concerts and festivals. On
30th of June 2005 we danced on the Day of Sport in our
I am keen on many types of dances from all over the world.
I would like to learn salsa because it is not very
complicated but fascinating.
Types of Dances
Cha Cha
 There are two sources of the dances: one Spanish and the
other African. Although the main growth was in Cuba, there
were similar dance developments which took place in other
Caribbean islands and in Latin America generally.
 The "rumba influence" came in the 16th century with the
black slaves imported from Africa. The native Rumba folk
dance is essentially a sex pantomime danced extremely
fast with exaggerated hip movements and with a sensually
aggressive attitude on the part of the man and a defensive
attitude on the part of the woman. The music is played with
a staccato beat in keeping with the vigorous expressive
movements of the dancers. Accompanying instruments
include the maracas, the claves, the marimbola, and the
 Rumba is the spirit and soul of Latin American music and
dance. The fascinating rhythms and bodily expressions
make the Rumba one of the most popular ballroom
 Casino Dance is internationally known as Salsa.
The name Casino appeared in the early 1960s in
Havana. As a pastime and entertainment for most
Cubans, Casino became a predominant rhythm in
Havana. It gave birth to Rueda de Casino, which
originated in Patricio Lumumba beach club (former
Nautico) in Miramar. This form of circular dance
was the creation of dancers from Regla and the
Guaracheros de Regla.
 The Merengue is the national dance of the Dominican
Republic, and also to some extent, of Haiti, the neighbour
sharing the island.
 Partners hold each other in closed position and do walks
sideways or circle each other, in small steps. They can
further switch to a double handhold position and do
separate turns never letting go each other's hands. During
these turns they may twist and tie their handold into
intricate pretzels. Other choreography is possible.Although
the tempo of the music may be frantic, the upper body is
kept majestic and turns are slow, typically four beats/steps
per complete turn.
 Salsa is a distillation of many Latin and Afro-Caribbean
dances. Salsa rhythms are based on Afro-Cuban dances
such as the bolero, cha cha,mambo and son montuno.
 Salsa is similar to Mambo in that both have a pattern of six
steps danced over eight counts of music. The dances
share many of the same moves. In Salsa, turns have
become an important feature, so the overall look and feel
are quite different form those of Mambo. Mambo moves
generally forward and backward, whereas, Salsa has more
of a side to side feel.
 Salsa is danced on music with a recurring eight-beat
pattern, i.e. two bars of four beats. Salsa patterns typically
use three steps during each four beats, one beat being
skipped. However, this skipped beat is often marked by a
tap, a kick, a flick, etc. Typically the music involves
complicated percussion rhythms and is fast with about
180 beats per minute
Cha Cha
 Cha cha is the newcomer of the Latino American
Dances. It is an offshoot of the Mambo. In the slow
Mambo tempo, there was a distinct sound in the
music that people began dancing to, calling the
step the "Triple" Mambo.
 Enrique Joren came up with the first full-fledged
Cha cha in 1951. His creation came from the idea
that there should be a music created specifically
for dance and participation, not only for listening,
or for a select elite.
 The dance consists of three quick steps and two
slower steps on the one beat and two beat.
 The Samba originated in Brazil. It was and
is danced as a festival dance during the
street festivals and celebrations. First
introduced in the U.S.A in a Broadway play
called "Street Carnival" in the late twenties.
The festive style and mood of the dance has
kept it alive and popular to this day. Samba
is a fun dance that fits most of today's
popular music.
 The flamenco came from Andalusia in what is now
Spain, influenced heavily by the local gypsy population,
the Gitanos. Large amounts of the musical stylings and
dance movements of flamenco come from the Jewish
tradition, as well as from Moorish culture.
 Flamenco dancing may be of different styles depending
on the intention of the dance - whether it is to entertain,
to pursue a lover or to comfort those in need.
 Flamenco dancing is an incredibly emotive dance style,
with the dancer always striving to express his or her
emotions through movement. While flamenco dancing,
the dancer may clap their hands, kick their feet, snap
castanets (small handheld percussive instruments), or
jerk their body abruptly to demonstrate the desired
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