Latin dancing refers to the dances that originated from Cuba, Puerto Rico and Latin America including the cha cha, rumba, mambo, samba, merengue, bachata, salsa, bolero and paso doble. In Latin dance instruction there are two distinct styles: International Latin and American Rhythm. International Latin competition includes rumba, cha cha, samba, jive and paso doble. American Rhythm competition includes cha cha, rumba, mambo, bolero and East Coast swing. These categories include the swing dances even though they are not considered Latin dances. Most dance studios offer a variety of these dances in their ballroom classes along with a few smooth dances. Some of the Latin dances are more street dances and danced in night clubs like salsa dance and merengue. We offer American style rhythm dances and the night club Latin dances, as well as, dance parties for Latin dancing like our Latin & Ballroom dance party and our Latin, salsa and ballroom dance party.
The Pattie Wells’ Dancetime studio is the center of American style Latin dancing and dance lessons in San Diego. Our professional dance instructors feature Latin classes and topics in many of the Dancetime studio’s courses including the Latin & Ballroom 101 (parts a, b, c), Salsa & Merengue 101, both courses are repeatable for one year when offered. Additional Latin classes are offered including our waltz & cha cha and Latin dances are taught individually like our bachata dance classes. The Dancetime studio offers two monthly parties in Latin dancing and frequent FREE workshops in salsa, bachata, cha cha and samba.