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Latin Social Dances: Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia, Mambo, Salsa

from The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts

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This active, adventurous class will introduce students to the basic steps of a wide variety of social dances originating in Latin America and the Caribbean. Possible dances include Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia, and Mambo. Trace the roots of these dances back to their origin and discover where and how they are danced today. For students studying the Spanish language, our bilingual Teaching Artists will be happy to teach in Spanish to provide an immersive linguistic and cultural experience.

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About This Program


By Request: $175.00
By Request Premium: $150.00

An invoice will be sent once the program is requested and confirmed through CILC. For questions regarding your invoice, please email Hannah Elias,


55 Minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

30 (depending on space)

Primary Disciplines

International, Community Interests, Social Studies/History, Fine Arts, Foreign/World Languages, Health/Physical Education, Career Education, Performing Arts, Character Education Dance

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

Booking Information

This program is available Monday-Friday between 9:00-4:00 PM.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days. The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice.

About This Provider

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The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts

Minneapolis, MN
United States

The Cowles Center is the flagship center for dance in Downtown Minneapolis, dedicated to providing a performance, rehearsal and administrative home to more than 15 Minnesota arts organizations and educational resources statewide. Integral to the Center’s mission is providing high-quality arts education to students throughout the State of Minnesota.

Elyse Chambers

Program Details


1.Demonstration by Teaching Artist
2.Introduction to Latin dances - which countries and cities the different dances originate from
3.Warm up the body
4.Learn different Latin rhythms and dances that go with each
5.Perform what has been learned


-Understand and explore the basic movements and rhythms of dances from Latin America and the Caribbean
-Develop an appreciation for social dances
-Discover the origins of these social dances
-Explore the evolutions of rhythms
-Have an immersive experience in Latin American music, dancing, culture, and potentially Spanish language!

Standards Alignment

National Standards

National Standards:
Content Standard: 1: Identifying and demonstrating movement elements and skills in performing dance
- Students accurately identify and demonstrate basic dance steps, positions, and patterns for dance from two different styles or traditions
- Students demonstrate accurate memorization and reproduction of movement sequences
- Students describe the action and movement elements observed in a dance, using appropriate movement/dance vocabulary
- Content Standard: 3: Understanding dance as a way to create and communicate meaning
- - Students observe and explain how different accompaniment (such as sound, music, spoken text) can affect the meaning of a dance
- Content Standard: 5: Demonstrating and understanding dance in various cultures and historical periods
- - Students competently perform folk and/or classical dances from various cultures; describe similarities and differences in steps and movement styles