Latin Street Music and Dance

La Boriqua is a dance studio that celebrates the beauty and grace found in Latin dance. We provide a space of entertainment and a chance for people to grow in their dancing skills.

What We Do

We offer many services related to Latin dance and music. Our services are highly sought after and are characterized by top-quality.

Dance Classes

We have 90 classes each week designed for a variety of ages and skill levels. Try more than one rhythm and receive our discounts automatically at checkout!

Music Production

Are you an artist looking to make your mark on the Latin music and dance scene? We help produce and promote music of all Latino genres!

Studio Rental

If you’re looking for a place to host an event, or a place to practice your latest routines; our studio is available for rental.

“La Boriqua has given many people a chance to embrace their inner dancer. It gives a safe space for people to freely express themselves and enjoy the rich flavours of the Latin dance form.”

David K. Jenkins

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WE BRING OUR CULTURE , ART, AND LOVE TO ALL WE DO

BACHATA

Bachata is a beautiful dance form that creates a strong connection between two people. It is a popular form of music that originated in the Dominican Republic. It requires hip movement and eye contact.

JAZZ

Nothing can compare to the unique beauty found in jazz dance moves. It can be incredibly complex and comes in various different styles. It has roots in Africa and grew to become popular in ballrooms.

BELLY DANCE

Belly dance is one of the most popular dance choice among women. It provides a terrific workout and has a spiritual component to it as well. It places emphasis on the movement of the hips and abdomen.

SALSA

Salsa is a great way to connect with your partner. It gives you the opportunity to dress up fancy and it’s a great way to meet people as well.

LADIES STYLING

Latin dance forms gives the opportunity for women to exhibit their feminine beauty and strength in many ways. Ladies styling centred around these dance forms can be fascinating.

KID'S CLASSES

These dance forms can support kids in their physical and mental development. It can make them more sociable and charismatic. It gives them confidence and discipline.

KIZOMBA

This Angolan dance is perfect for beginners to try. It has slow and elegant dance movements. It focuses mainly on the feeling aspect of the dance.

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Seven Tips for Latin Club Dancing

Latin Club Dancing

Latin Club Dancing is a great way to break a sweat and freely express yourself! Learning Latin club dancing can give you great charm and beauty. It is an excellent way to ward off depression and become fully alive. If you have a desire to try Latin club dancing for the first time, here are some tips that can help you get started:

Wear Comfortable Clothing

Before you head to the Latin club, it is best to inquire about the dress code. Many Latin clubs like to keep it classy and want people to dress appropriately, while others like to keep it casual and simple.

Regardless of the dress code, you will want to place a strong emphasis on comfort. Your dress should allow you to move your arms and legs freely. When it comes to footwear, it is best for men to go with comfortable leather dress shoes and for women to use court shoes that come with straps attached to them. It is best to avoid wearing open-toed shoes in case your partner accidentally steps on your foot.

Fake It Until You Make It

When it comes to Latin club dancing, confidence is what makes you attractive. Your partners may excuse or overlook you for not being well versed with the dance form. However, they expect confidence and want to have a good time. Make plenty of eye contact and take the risk to approach the person of the opposite for a dance.

Watch Your Step

Latin club dancing can be quite energetic. You may find yourself getting fully immersed and lost in the process. While that is certainly a positive sign that you are picking it up, you will also want to be fully aware of your immediate surroundings. The last thing you want is to bump into your fellow dancers and have a fall or let your long hair whip the other dancers.

Use the Space Well

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Avoid taking up too much space on the dance floor. It can be a serious turn-off for the other dancers. Keep in mind that the experts know how to utilize the limited space and give a great performance. Hence, if you don’t have enough space, make sure to stick to the basics and improvise a little.

Avoid Cutting In

If you are interested in dancing with someone, make sure to ask them for a dance when they’re done dancing with a partner. If you cut in and interfere with their dance, you can create a negative impression and make the other person bitter.

Take Plenty of Breaks

Taking breaks helps! Remember that you have just started and that your dance is more likely to be better if you take regular breaks to sit down and rest. Make sure to hydrate yourself well before you hit the floor again.

 

How To Dance At A Club Or A Party?

How To Dance

You might have seen your friends or colleagues attending a party without worries. They will just get ready, grab some drinks, get on the dance floor without a second thought and have a great time. However, even though there are many people like that, there are still people who feel insecure and get panicked just at the thought of dancing in a club surrounded by many unknown people.

If you are reading this article, this probably means that you are one of these people who stay glued to the wall when someone tries to drag you to the floor. As a result, you might feel like a loser when you see everyone let loose on the dance floor. But do not fret about this factor. This awkward feeling is quite normal, and you can overcome them easily.

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If you feel awkward because of your lack of confidence in your dance skills, you can look into this guide and learn how to dance at a club.

Listen to the beat as you move toward the dance floor

Do not expect you to come out as a dance master immediately as you move toward the floor. This is not a step-up movie. You will have to start small- like bobbing your head to the rhythm.

Start syncing with the beats even before you enter the dance floor. Listen to the music and let it set the right mood for you. When you hear the music, start engaging with it and nod your head when talking to your friend or while holding a drink.

This step will help your body to adjust with you by the time you reach the floor.

Groove to the music and make small bounces

Once you reach the dance floor, start making small bounces with your whole body. This is the second step to bob your head. Again, you will be grooving to the same rhythm, but your full body will interact with the beats this time.

Do not rush with your bounces. Instead, bounce calmly, then build the energy. This will help your dance look more natural.

Learn some simple steps

Start interacting with music? Check. Started bouncing with your whole body? Great! Now it is time for you to move your legs and show off your moves. But without practice, you won’t be able to move your legs rhythmically. Also, you will be confused about which leg to move first without practice. So, learn some basic steps before you go to the club.

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Let loose

Once you learn the basic step, the most important thing to enjoy the dance is to let yourself loose. To look confident, comfortable, and natural, you must learn to lose yourself.

Join a party

To experience the great fun of clubbing, you must dance with other people. Suppose you have come to the dance floor with your gang, then great. But, if not, then do not hesitate to join other people around you.

Mimic the music, sing along with your friends, rap for Nicki’s verse, and have a blast.

Popular Types of Latin Dances

Latin Dances

Latin American dances have a rich history and tradition. They are famous for their vibrant display of emotion and energy. They are also an excellent alternative to the gym. They give you a terrific aerobic workout and make you happier as well. Here are some of the most popular types of Latin dances:

Salsa

Salsa is the most widely known Latin dance. It is a popular dance style that originated in Cuban Son. It is widely seen in dance clubs. It picked up on its popularity in the 70s. Most people prefer Salsa for its beginner-friendliness and entertainment factor.

The Salsa dance is usually done to Latin jazz music. However, there are different styles of Salsa, such as Columbian, Cuban, and Crossbody. Salsa is known for its interesting dance moves like break steps, spins, and shines.

Cha Cha

Cha Cha

Many people find the tempo of Salsa to be too fast. Hence, Cha Cha is often considered a great alternative to Salsa because of its accessibility. It is slower than Salsa and is considered a graceful form of Latin dancing that has elements of mambo and Rumba. Experts typically recommend beginners get started with Cha Cha and then jump into Salsa for a higher level of mastery and control.

Merengue

Meringue is a favorite among the people in the Dominican Republic. It has strong African and Spanish influences. Merengue music typically has unique instruments like a diatonic accordion, Tambora, and a güira. Some of the most well-known Merengue songs are “Compadre Pedro Juan” by Luis Alberti, “EsaMuchacha” by Los Hermanos Rosario, and “Suavemente” by Elvis Crespo. Merengue is quite popular in the ballrooms, and many people like to do it competitively as well.

Samba

Samba is incredibly popular in Brazil and is mainly seen in the Rio carnival. It is a powerful and evocative dance style. It is mainly done to the sounds of the drums. Apart from the traditional Samba, you will find many interesting varieties of Samba as well.

Bachata

Bachata is a Latin dance style that is incredibly popular among women. It promises a great workout and helps with weight loss. Bachata has its origins in the Dominican Republic.

Bachata

Although it was initially treated negatively, it soon picked up popularity and became internationally known. It offers many dance styles to choose from, such as sensual Bachata, urban Bachata, and Bachatango. Bachata music typically features guitars and bongos.

Rumba

If you want to indulge your romantic side, Rumba is the perfect Latin dance style. You hold yourself close to your partner and move your hips gracefully. One of the partners will be the leader, while the other partner will take the cues to follow. This dance style is so elegant that it can be done even without any music. It can be done anywhere with ease.

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