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Learn About Salsa and Merengue Dance

OUT to Dance offers salsa dance classes, merengue dance classes and Latin dance classes at West Roxbury School of Dance; click here for our current dance classes.

Salsa Dance

Salsa is a sexy, funky, fabulous dance that's incredibly popular world-wide. Salsa music is a fusion of traditional African and Cuban and other Latin-American rhythms that traveled from the islands (Cuba and Puerto Rico) to New York during the migration, somewhere between the 1940s and the 1970s, depending on where one puts the boundary between "real" salsa and its predecessors. There is debate as to whether Salsa originated in Cuba or Puerto Rico, but it definitely picked up stem in New York in the 70's. Salsa is one of the main dances in both Cuba and Puerto Rico and is known world-wide, but you don't have to travel farther than Jamaica Plain to experience its heat!

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Merengue Dance

The simplest and most uptempo of the Latin dances, merengue originated in the Dominican Republic. It emphasizes a straight-ahead 8-count rhythm taken with Cuban Motion. Merengue packs the dance floor in Latin clubs and parties because of its simplicity, playfulness, and sexiness, and it can be learned more quickly than any other dance. Also, the merengue can be danced to a wide variety of non-Latin music including 70's disco, Top 40, and uptempo hip hop.

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"I've tried to learn salsa in the clubs, and it totally does not work for me. I can't tell you how happy I am to have found your classes, and to finally be able to GET salsa dancing!"

Marty T., Boston, MA

When booking your salsa dance lesson or class at our OUT to Dance studios in West Roxbury and Roslindale, note that our studio locations are within twenty minutes of downtown Boston, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Roxbury, Brighton, Allston, Brookline, Newton, Chestnut Hill, Dedham, Norwood, Needham, Westwood, Milton and Quincy; and within 25 to 35 minutes of Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Wellesley, Natick, Waltham, Braintree, Brockton, Stoughton, Canton, Foxboro, Weymouth and surrounding towns. We are also less than an hour from Providence, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.

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Learn about our new session of salsa and merengue dancing at
West Roxbury School of Dance; s
ee our current dance class schedule under Classes for Everyone. And we have LGBT dance classes on Sundays.

 
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