Latin American Ballroom Dances
Latin American Ballroom Dances are very popular, especially with young people. These dances are vivid, cheerful, expressive and more natural in dancing posture, dancing direction and choreography than standard dances. Latin American Dances are exciting erotic, they take part of the whole body and express love, hate and the joys of life.
Samba and Rumba are the only genuine Latin American Ballroom Dances - Cha-Cha-Cha, which evolved from Mambo, is a part of it as well. Jive in its actual form is a product of English dancing instructors, intending to make Rock'n'Roll socially acceptable. Paso Doble is a dance of Spanish origin, which has been stylised by French dancers to its actual form.
The beginning of Latin American Ballroom Dances in Europe could be seen in the twenties and thirties. The breakthrough of the USA imported dances, however, had been achieved after the end of World War II. From 1955 the first amateur Europe championships took place. In 1960 the World championships took place, in the course of which technical standards had been defined very late - in one case only after waging two "Rumba wars".