There are several types of dances from different places in Mexico. Everyone has their preference, but most Mexican’s can dance almost all of them. From the sexy Salsa dance, to live Banda, or the Reggaeton of the beat pumping north, all styles of dancing exist in Mexico. To truly experience the nation and people, find some locals to take you out for a night of dancing and go with the flow. Here are some tips for different types of dancing in Mexico:
Salsa is the key to women’s heart in Mexico. If you can’t dance Salsa, your chances of getting lucky that night drop to basically nothing. When you visit big cities like Guadalajara or Mexico City, search out the local spots that are happening each night. Put your dancing shoes on, take a sip of tequila for some liquid courage, and hit the dance floor. Your nerves will settle after your first dance. Unfortunately for me, my first dance was with one of the best dancers and sexiest girls in the room (my local friend requested her services for me). My nerves were through the roof, so everything after that was relaxing.
Salsa is easier than it looks. Get the steps down and move your hips. Remember that it is a very sensual dance, so get up close and personal with your partner. For you ladies out there, the man will lead you and what is a normal dance for him will probably blow your mind. If you come from a place where dancing isn’t a focus, it will take a giant leap to get on the dance floor. But, don’t be that guy on the sidelines, be the Rico Suave on the dance floor all those guys are jealous of.
My favorite Salsa club is La Mutualista on Thursday nights in Guadalajara. A younger crowd with live Cuban music and a relaxed setting will provide a good time.
If salsa didn’t put you and your partner close enough for you, Merengue will. This is not my favorite dance to watch, but one of my favorites to dance. Once you get down the two-step and side-to-side movements, you will feel like a pro out there. Be sure to have a good amount of space around you because this dance will take you all over the floor.
Salsa and line dancing don’t mix well in my book, but it is very traditional in Mexico. When you are out at a bar in a small town, and everyone gets in lines to dance, you better follow suit. Show respect for their culture by putting in a solid effort. Personally, I failed quickly, but at least I tried (twice!).
|Live Banda in Aguascalientes|
My love for northern Mexico, mainly Tijuana, has put Reggaeton in a special place in my heart. If bumping and grinding is your thing, take it to the next level with Reggaeton. This dance isn’t for the light hearted, and most Mexican’s south of Baja will mock it, but a few tequila shots mixed with fist pumping music will sure bring out the dirty dancer in you. If you thought your high school prom was grinding, think again.