来自非洲地区的音乐节奏一直受到观众的喜爱，这些节奏与拉丁舞蹈形式结合在一起，在舞台上创造了一种魔力。当不同的欧洲殖民者把非洲奴隶带来时，他们依靠当地的音乐和自那时起形成的形式生存下来。这些舞蹈形式在一个世纪后传入南美和北美。拉丁舞蹈的各种形式都受到了非洲的影响，如多中心运动、多中心节奏、即兴创作、身体孤立等。身体动作的增加，如:弯曲膝盖向下聚焦，在欧洲舞蹈形式中膝盖必须向上聚焦。整个足部台阶的变化，只有脚尖或脚后跟站立的形式，是一个新的介绍，观众喜欢。另一种身体变化是将上半身孤立起来，移动下半身，创造出一种新的节奏形式，让人们只能集中精力在下半身。拉丁舞蹈形式也受到不同的社会影响(Madrid and Alejendro, 2008)。当非洲人在欧洲地区面临困境时，他们被当作药膏一样对待，仅仅因为他们是黑人和少数民族，他们开始了自己的艺术形式。拉丁人也因其少数民族而受到歧视。他们与黑人结合，开始形成音乐和舞蹈形式的合作。由于社会的困境，这两个少数民族结合在一起，出现了新的舞蹈形式。拉丁舞蹈形式与非洲当地的民间音乐相结合，这种结合帮助形成了各种独特的舞蹈流派，至今仍在世界各地闻名(Drake and Elizabeth, 2011)。
Every art form has a complicated yet rich history that has various self expressions and rhythm. Some of the forms in Latin dance have been descended completely by the Latin cultural sphere but some Latin forms have been adopted from the distinct influences. These influences include the native influence, Upper-class European influence and African influence. The history starts back with the 15th century when various European explorers came and roots of various dance forms were found. Origins of this dance form like Rumba and Salsa originated from the South and Central America (Bakan, 2012). Both these forms are some of the most famous dance forms and these forms have geographical influences. This essay will look at various dance forms of Latin dance form and how they have adopted from various cultural influences.
Origins and Ritualistic beginnings
African influences on the Latin dance forms
Music rhythms from the African region were always liked by the audience and these rhythms when combined with the Latin dance forms created a magic on the stage. When various European settlers brought African slaves with them, they survived on their local music and since forms. These dance forms were introduced in South America and North America after a century. Various forms of Latin dance have been influenced from the African influences like Polycentric movement, polycentric rhythm, Improvisation, Body isolations etc. Additions in body movements like: bent the knee focusing downward and in European dance form knees had to be focused upward. Changes in the whole-foot steps in the form of standing on the toes or heels only were a new introduction which was liked by the audience. Another body change was introduced in the form of isolating upper body and moving the lower body to create a new form of rhythm so people can only concentrate on the lower part of the body. Various social influences can also be observed on Latin dance forms (Madrid and Alejendro, 2008). When Africans were facing trouble in European region and they were being treated like salves just for being black and ethnic minority they started their art forms. Latin’s were also discriminated on the basis of their ethnic minority. They combined with blacks and started to form collaborations for music and dance forms. Due to social distress, both these minorities combined together and new dance forms emerged. Latin dance forms were combined with the local folk music of Africans and this combination helped in making various unique dance genres that are still famous all over the world (Drake and Elizabeth, 2011).