Dance Lovers, Haters & Militants

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If you’ve familiarized yourself with people from all kinds of dance spheres, you’d have heard others’ opinions about each style; turning them into lovers, haters and militants of certain dance styles. SalsaSpots is dedicating this blog post to having a laugh over what dancers think of other dances. (If you haven’t familiarized yourself with other dance styles, to understand the rest of this article it would be good to read the beginner’s glossary).

Laugh with us. Don’t be offended by what anyone thinks. In the end, we know that all dancers welcome other dancers, simply for the love of music, socializing and dance.

1. Casino vs. Salsa en Línea

One of the typical rivalries is between Casino and Salsa en Línea dancers. I’ve seen signs that read “if you’re not dancing Casino, you’re not dancing.” To that effect:


The origins of Salsa music itself is often cited by militants for their militancy. While the basis for the music is Afro-Cuban, the music we hear today was a recipe cooked in New York City from within a mix of Latin musicians that moved to the Big Apple.

I like to think that there must have been a warm brotherhood/sisterhood among some of the Latin American musicians that were all, basically, forced to leave their beloved countries and somehow ended up in New York City. Even today, Latin Americans find solace and happiness in similar cultures. Imagine musicians; jamming with people who shared similar music, values, memories of their islands, and were all homesick.

Salsa was born of love. Not hate.

Salsa en línea’s Casino’s cousin, where the dance patterns are in a line, might reply to the casino dancers, which are known to dance more “animatedly,” “energetically,” or even “roughly:”


And if you didn’t know it, Casino dancers, we’re giving you a window into an “en línea’s” mind. All salsa en línea dancers have prayed this prayer:

2. Bachata (Tradicional) vs. Bachata Sensual

The more militant dancers decry “expropriation” of the word “Bachata” from the Dominican Republic’s music and dance by a foreign, “sensual dance” community that is now over exaggerating the sexy, in their opinion. Bachata Sensual is an invention that came from a mixture of Zouk moves and, yes, looks very sexy.

And this sums up the debate, and the reply.

3. Zouk and Kizomba

Two relatively new kids on the block of dances, Zouk and Kizomba often leave people perplexed. It totally makes sense to the insiders who love the dances (my passion is Kizomba) but I know that to outsiders this is the usual reaction:

Zouk. Pretty. But it makes me sick. Motion sick.

4. Tango. Admit It. The Most Intimidating of the Dances.

Tango is one of the older social dances, which has had over a century to develop incredible nuances and technique, as well as explosive, amazing moves. To Tangueros, most other dances look like uncoordinated toddlers dancing in comparison. Having taken months of classes here and there, they’ve got a little bit of a point.

While Tango often intimidates many Afro Latin dancers, I’ll let you in on a secret: Some Tangueros have mentioned that they struggle keeping on time in Afro or Latin dances. They are so free to interpret the timing in their music. The thought of having to always return to a certain beat, keep timing infallibly in fast-paced songs and be exactly on the right foot and style with the arms at the same time is daunting. Strong Milongueros can keep up easier, but Tangueros… struggle.

To all dancers: you will learn so much about real connection in a Tango class, so I encourage you to try it, especially if you dance Bachata, Kizomba or Zouk.

To Tangueros: you will laugh and have fun on a level you probably have rarely, if ever, experienced in Tango. Learn to let the beat of the drum rule your universe for a short, exhilarating moment.

5. Maybe there are many haters, but… we are all lovers.

So you may be developing a silent – or not-so-silent – hate or militancy in dance. But when you find yourself in this situation, doesn’t the love of music and dance take over?

awww… Love dance!

Reminder: SalsaSpots is now offering you a chance to rally around your favorite dance nights and classes. Write your dancer’s opinion for dancers. It’s easy:

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