Jarabe Tapatio

Info about the dance

Country associated

Salsa dancing originated in New York in the mid-1970s by Puerto Rican and Cuban migrating dissidents

Person/Group, Characteristics, and examples.

Person- Celia Cruz


1) It is a partner dance where the man leads and the woman follows

2) The music has 4 beats per measure but the dancers only take steps on 3 of the beats pausing for one beat. This is often confusing for beginners. You could count it like step, step, step, pause or some people say "quick, quick, slow"
3) The dance includes both turn patterns as well as moments where the couple may separate and dance apart for a short time before retuning to dance together.
4) The hips of the dancers, both man and woman, are always moving.