In our last blog, we looked at three different latin dances: the tango, the rumba, and salsa. At Fred Astaire Reston, we love teaching Latin dance styles. They are extremely fun for everyone involved. We offer dance lessons in Reston that focus on the Latin dances you’d like to learn. Here, we will look at three more popular latin dances.


The Samba is a Brazilian style that originated in the early 20th century. By the 1930s, it was formally adopted by Brazilian society as a ballroom dance. Like many aspects of Brazilian culture, the samba draws influences from both African and Latin sources. One of the most defining aspects of samba is its 2/4 meter.


Merengue is a Latin dance style that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is one of the easiest dances to learn. Compared to many Latin dance styles, it is far more relaxed, which allows for complex moves to be performed with greater ease than you’d expect.


Another popular Dominican style is called bachata dance. Bachata is a much more recent development compared to the other dances we have looked at. The roots of bachata can be traced back to the early 1960s.

Over the last two blogs, we looked at six different styles of Latin dance, but there are many more that exist. Interested in learning how to do these dances yourself? Use our online form to sign up for your free introductory lesson. With a little bit of time and dedication, we will have you dancing like you never knew you could!