Latin Style: Samba

The five Latin dances are the Samba, Cha-Cha-Cha, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive. With their heritage in Latin American (Samba, Cha-Cha-Cha, Rumba), Hispanic (Paso Doble) and American (Jive) cultures, they each have their distinguishing traits but coincide in expressiveness, intensity and energy.


Inspired by the popular street-dance in Brazil, this partner dance is done to the syncopated South American rhythms of Samba music, as well as many Latin-flavored pop tunes. It can also be danced to Zouk or Flamenco music. Most commonly done at ballroom events and studios, you can also dance Samba at lounges and nightclubs.

Samba has a lilt and hip motion different than the Cuban motion of other Latin dances like Salsa and Rumba, so it adds more dimension and options to your repertoire, as well as helps you develop new skills. The steps are danced with a slight bounce which gives Samba its distinguishable look.

Song Selections

by Sergio Mendes

Rich Girl
by Gwen Stefani

Ain’t It Funny
by Jennifer Lopez

Turn Me On
by Kevin Lyttle

Rhythm Divine
by Enrique Iglesias

Hips Don’t Lie
by Shakira