Is a music and dance style originated in the Dominican Republic in the late nineteenth century. Originally, the Merengue was played with guitars. Years later, the guitars were replaced by the accordion complying, with the calabash and the drum, instrumental set structure typical Merengue. This set, with three instruments, represents the synthesis of three cultures that shaped the idiosyncrasy of the Dominican culture. European influence is to be represented by the accordion, the African drum (drum of two patches), and native Taino or by the calabash.
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Dancing with joy, in gratitude for the harvest. Considered a sensual dance but not obscene by the constant movement of waist.
It is a traditional Dominican dance originated in the southern part of the country; in some reviews, it has been defined as a recognized since the nineteenth and twentieth century that ran accordion, calabash, balsié and tambourine musical style.
The earliest bachata was originally developed in the Dominican Republic around the early part of the 20th century, the genre mixed the pan-Latin American style called bolero with more African elements, combined with other traditional Latin-Caribbean rhythms. During much of its history, Bachata music was denigrated by the Dominican elite and associated with rural underdevelopment and crime. As recently as the 1980s, bachata was considered too vulgar, crude and musically rustic to enter mainstream music. In the 1990s, however, bachata's instrumentation changed from acoustic guitar to electric steel string. The new electric bachata (New York style) would soon become an international phenomenon, and today bachata is as popular as other Latino music and dance like salsa and merengue in many Latin American dance halls. Bachata was played by campesinos, or peasants, who would play it whenever the village gathered for a party.
Salsa music and dancing have a number of influences, including African drum rhythms, Spanish guitar music, and dances from Cuba and Puerto Rico. The dancing and music came together in 1970s New York, when Cuban and Puerto Rican immigrants, in the direction of Dominican Johnny Pachecó, combined the dancing and music of their homelands with the disco craze.
The term "Salsa" refers to a variety of Hispanic musical styles: Rhumba, Són Montuno, Guaracha, Mambo, Cha cha cha, Danzón, Són, Guguanco, Cubop, Guajira, Charanga, Cumbia, Plena, Bomba, Festejo, Merengue, among others.
Many of these have maintained their individuality and others were mixed creating "Salsa". We can therefore conclude that not one single country or culture can take the credit for the existence of Salsa.
Ballet, as we know it today, began during the Renaissance around the year 1500 in Italy. In fact, the terms "ballet" and "ball" as in masked ball, come from the Italian ballare, to dance. When Catherine de Medici of Italy married the French King Henry II, she introduced early dance styles into court life in France.
The History of Hip-Hop dance encompasses the people and events since the late 1960s that have contributed to the development of the early hip-hop dance moves, such as uprock, breaking, locking, roboting, boogaloo, and popping. Black Americans and Latino Americans created uprock and breaking in New York City.
Acrobatics (Greek: "walk on tiptoe") is the performance of extraordinary human feats of balance, agility, and motor coordination. It can be found in many of the performing arts, sporting events, and martial arts. Acrobatics is most often associated with activities that make extensive use of gymnastic elements, such as acro dance, circus, and gymnastics, but many other athletic activities — such as ballet and diving — may also employ acrobatics. Although acrobatics is most commonly associated with human body performance, it may also apply to other types of performance, such as aerobatics.