Valentine’s Day is on the horizon. In Latin America, much like in the United States, it’s a day when upscale, romantic restaurants are booked to capacity and shops are overflowing with flower bouquets and chocolate truffles. Happy couples walk along hand-in-hand, and everything is basked in rainbows and candlelight.
Chocolate, roses, lingerie and love poems are some of the common gifts people offer their loved ones each year on February 14th. While you could argue that it is a consumer holiday full of false expectations and cliche shows of “love”, Valentine’s Day is nevertheless a holiday with many traditions in countries around the world, including Spain and Latin America.
In Latin America, Valentine’s Day is better known as El Día del Amor y la Amistad, or the day of love and friendship. Let’s take a look at how different Spanish-speaking countries celebrate this day!
V-Day Around the World
In Spain, Valentine’s Day is not for a platonic love; the holiday is all about passionate romance. At the same time, some Spaniards refer to the holiday as Día del Corte Inglés. Corte Inglés is a popular department store chain in Spain. Hence, the name pokes fun at Valentine’s Day. This is akin to someone in the US calling it a “Hallmark holiday.”
In Mexico, the official name of the holiday is Día de San Valentin (St. Valentine’s Day), but it is more commonly called El Día del Amor y la Amistad. While many people do give chocolates, flowers, and balloons to their romantic partners, a greater emphasis is put on celebrating friendships.
In Guatemala, the holiday is known as El Día del Cariño and it is celebrated similarly as in the United States. Candies, flowers, and romantic gifts are exchanged between companions. Furthermore, this is a special day for people to appreciate their amigos, familia, y compañeros (friends, family, and coworkers). This can be accomplished by exchanging gifts or just letting them know what they mean to you with a simple note or call.
In El Salvador on Valentine’s Day, the children play a game called Angelito or Amigo Secreto, which involves exchanging names and giving anonymous gifts, similar to Secret Santa.
Puerto Rico celebrates Valentine’s Day by throwing large public parties.
In Ecuador, the men traditionally serenade their loved one outside of their house at night.
In Peru, the romantic observers of the holiday give out colorful orchids rather than roses. Some sweethearts get hitched in mass weddings designed to accommodate many couples simultaneously. Peruvians celebrate both Carnival and Valentine’s Day around the same time, making for a grand celebration of love and bliss.
Colombia and Bolivia
Colombia and Bolivia celebrate in September rather than February. On September 20, Colombian secret admirers are encouraged to give gifts and profess their love.
Bolivians are doubly romantic, with Día del Amor y la Amistad on July 23, as well as Día de Amor (Love Day), which is celebrated in conjunction with Students’ Day, the Day of Spring, and Children’s Day. They exchange cookies, candies, and flowers on September 21. Both love-filled holidays take place during the long, cold Bolivian winter.
On February 14, Argentines celebrate El Día de Los Enamorados (“Lovers’ Day”). Here, more of an emphasis exists on spoiling their significant other with gifts and sweets. Argentina also multiplies their celebration with a whole week from July 1-7 called Semana de la Dulzura (“Sweetness Week”) during which happy couples exchange sweets for kisses.
Finally, in Brazil, Día de los Enamorados is observed on June 12 in honor of St. Anthony, the saint of marriage and matchmaking. This delay is due to the fact that Brazil’s February is monopolized by their famous Carnival celebration and street parade. Brazilians typically celebrate the day with a romantic dinner, exchanging gifts, and dancing to their country’s signature samba beat.
Fun-loving Spanish Phrases For Valentine’s Day Cards
Spanish is one of the world’s most poetic languages. Here are a few examples of sweet and romantic things you can say or write to your special Valentine:
Te quiero mucho. – I love you very much.
Te amo. – I love you.
Te adoro. – I adore you.
Acompáñame a cenar/bailar/etc. – Join me for dinner/dancing/etc.
Abrázame. – Hug me.
Besame. – Kiss me.
Te Quiero Versus Te Amo
Te quiero is the most common way to say “I love you” in Spanish. Since it translates literally to “I want you,” it may sound a bit strong to native English speakers, but in Spanish it has a lighter connotation of love and interest. Friends and relatives often say “te quiero” to each other.
Te amo is used exclusively in the romantic sense—not among family or platonic friends. Keep in mind that te amo could come across as a little overpowering if you haven’t been with your partner for long.
Here are some more helpful terms for expressing love and affection:
|admirer||el admirador / la admiradora||ahd-meer-ah-doorahd-meer-ah-door-ah|
|to fall in love||enamorarse||ay-nah-moh-rar-say|
More Pet Names in Spanish
Spanish offers a plethora of terms of endearment. Use amorcito with an –o at the end regardless of whether you’re referring to a man or a woman. Why? The noun for love, amor, is masculine. Love remains love regardless of gender, and so does amorcito. Likewise, cariño retains its –o ending regardless of your beloved’s gender.
Because querido and querida are adjectives (meaning “loved” or “dear”), you should use querido when referring to a male and querida when referring to a female. Here are a few more pet names to call your sweetheart:
Mi amor (my love)
Mi cielo (my heaven/sky)
Mi vida (my life)
¡Feliz día del cariño!
Valentine’s Day is celebrated with a wide variety of traditions from place to place. Anywhere in the world this holiday is observed, it is a time for love, family, friendship and enjoyment.
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Let’s face it, the college application process is downright scary. It’s a crowded playing field, and the competition is fierce. Regardless of where you apply for college, you will certainly enhance your chances of acceptance by demonstrating a passion for and proficiency in a second language. Genuine strength in a foreign language, like español, is a big deal to admissions officers.
In looking over your high school transcript, they want to see that you have chosen the most challenging coursework possible. Colleges seek students who are well prepared for college, because these students, if admitted, are more likely to persist and succeed.
Foreign language requirements vary from school to school, and there are a lot of gray areas. Is it enough to meet the minimum requirement? Are middle school language classes taken into consideration? What Advanced Placement (AP) test score will translate into the number of credits you need? Keep reading to learn the answers to these questions and more.
How Many Foreign Language Credits Do You Really Need?
In general, the prerequisite for competitive colleges is 2 to 4 years of foreign language classes at the high school level. If a college recommends “2 or more” years of foreign language studies, you can read between the lines and know that language study beyond two years will seriously strengthen your application.
Using the lingo of the college admissions process, let’s define what a “year” means to understand how many you’ve completed thus far in your studies. If you took foreign language classes in middle school, both your 7th and 8th grade years are likely to appear on your high school transcript as one unit (or one year) of a foreign language. In other words, middle school 1A and 1B are equivalent to high school 1A.
Which Language Should You Study?
This is the exciting part! While you may have the option to learn Spanish, French, Japanese, or Swahili, the key is to study the language that you are most interested in learning and using. Where on Earth do you wish to travel and explore? What language do they speak in that part of the world? Where would you like to study abroad once you’re in college? Take some time to reflect on these questions about your future to make the best decision for yourself.
If you need a nudge in the right direction, check out 6 Reasons You Should Learn Spanish!
No matter which language you choose, stick to it without jumping from one language to another. Rather, work your way up the levels of study to gain the most experience. College admissions panels are looking for proficiency in one language, not superficial knowledge of multiple languages.
Creative Alternatives to Traditional High School Spanish Classes
If you’re at a school that offers only introductory-level classes or you just aren’t getting enough out of your class due to a lack of resources or engaging teachers, it’s time to take matters into your own hands. Check out these alternatives.
Enroll at your local community college
Most community colleges offer evening or weekend courses that work with your high school schedule. Alternatively, you may be able to enroll in a morning or afternoon class that can be attended during a high school class period.
Dive into a Spanish-immersion course
Travel that immerses you in a foreign language is extremely beneficial. You learn Spanish as it’s actually spoken by real people. A quick Google search pulls up loads of immersion courses in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica and throughout much of South America. For high school students, doing this over summer vacation or even during a gap year is ideal.
Personally, spending 3 weeks in a Spanish immersion course in Cuernavaca, Mexico is what really solidified my command of the language, although I had already studied Spanish in the classroom for several years. It was also a super fun and meaningful way to learn about Mexican culture and history. After that experience, I felt confident enough to identify myself as fluent. If you dedicate some time and effort to an immersion course, this could be your experience, too!
Pass the AP Spanish Exam with Flying Colors
In the eyes of most colleges, earning a 4 or 5 (and perhaps even a 3) on the Advanced Placement (AP) exam is a surefire way to demonstrate your language knowledge. This achievement indicates that you have adequate high school foreign language preparation. In many cases, your AP test score will directly translate to a certain number of foreign language credit hours in college. Check with the specific schools to which you apply. Take the AP exam at the end of your junior year so that you have the score by the time you are filling out college applications.
Not in AP but want to take the exam?
If you’re not taking an AP Spanish course, seek out programs that are designed to help you learn speaking, reading, and writing skills, such as Rosetta Stone and Duolingo. Another option is FluentU, which takes real-world videos—like music videos, commercials, news and inspiring talks—and turns them into Spanish learning experiences. Finally, an AP study guide can steer your self-study by targeting material that is likely to be on the exam. (Note that this method will only work for seriously self-motivated students.)
Take Online Spanish Classes
You want some really good news? It’s actually possible to earn college credits on your own schedule and in the comfort of your own home! Choose an online course that includes audio or video conferencing geared toward developing crucial listening and conversational skills that are often left out of the traditional high school curriculum.
Check Requirements and Policies
Although online courses are not for everyone, they are helpful for many language learners. However, each institution has its own set of requirements and policies. If you want to transfer credits to your prospective college, check to make sure the online classes meet the requirements of your institution.
Find Out What Works for You
Here are a few options to consider:
- The University of North Dakota offers Spanish 101 online for 4 credits, a course that takes 3 to 9 months to complete. The course aims to set a solid foundation for you to build from and eventually gain fluency. The class includes quizzes, assignments and three proctored exams.
- Oregon State University offers basic Spanish and more advanced Spanish culture, business and writing courses in 11-week sessions. In addition to watching video-based lessons, participants are required to complete a variety of homework assignments, quizzes and tests.
- The University of Phoenix offers two undergraduate level courses in Spanish, Conversational Spanish I and II. Each course offers 3 credits and lasts for 5 weeks.
- Here at Homeschool Spanish Academy, we offer online Spanish classes with certified, native-speaking Spanish teachers. It’s an affordable, interactive option to consider if you’re looking for a high-quality curriculum and guaranteed Spanish fluency. HSA gives students the opportunity to advance in their studies by learning at their own pace. Completing an HSA course transfers easily to a high school credit. If you already have the Spanish basics down, dive right in to the high school program! At the high school level, each lesson is 50 minutes long and integrates grammar and vocabulary with crucial conversation practice.
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It’s true, all this studying and test-taking is hard work. Ultimately, it is worth the effort, because you’ll gain knowledge of a foreign language and earn college credits! If you’re not yet ready to commit to the HSA Spanish program, try a FREE class today with a live teacher to see if it’s the right fit for you. Download a sample lesson for a sneak peek at what you’ll be learning…and then ¡sólo hazlo!
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Are Latins only in Latin America?
Short answer: no. For a more complete answer, keep reading!
Who Put the Roman in Romance
In Spanish, latino technically refers to someone (or their descendant) who was from ancient Latium, a region in central-western Italy, and whose language was Latin. Interestingly, Latium is the original name of the territory that eventually founded Rome, and so Romans were in fact Latinos.
More broadly speaking, the term latino refers to a person who belongs to the cultures of the romance languages, which branch out from the Latin language and civilization of Rome. This means that all Italians, French, Spaniards, Romanians, and Portuguese, as well as all those Latin Americans whose language is Spanish or Portuguese are latinos. Conversely, an English-speaker from Belize would not qualify as a latino for the simple fact that English is not classified as a romance language.
Long History of Latino Identity
Latinx (the oft-used, modern, gender-neutral variation of latino) identity includes a variety of races, because Latin America has been shaped for the last five centuries by European imperialism and colonization, wars, and migration. Its long and complex history is an amalgam of native people, European colonization, African slavery, and global immigration patterns. Due to the transatlantic slave trade, about 130 million people of African descent live in Latin America. Many countries and communities throughout Latin America have deep African roots, including Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, Dominican Republic, and Cuba, to name a few.
Why Latin America?
The use of the term “Latin America” dates back to the mid-1800s, when French Emperor Napoleon III sought imperial control over Mexico. He and his ministers wanted to bridge Mexican and French cultures through a shared sense of latin identity, and so the name was born.
As a geographical region, Latin America encompasses a total of 26 nations in Central and South America and the Caribbean where the official, predominant language is Spanish, French, or Portuguese. Although Spanish is and was one of the dominant languages in the U.S., the United States is not technically considered part of Latin America.
Interesting note: if Quebec were to break away from Canada and become its own nation, it would become part of Latin America.
¿Como se dice “Latin America”?
There are two equally proper ways of translating “Latin America”: América Latina and Latinoamérica. Both terms are appropriate to refer to the western-hemisphere nations in which a language derived from Latin is spoken. (Nations where English and Dutch are spoken primarily are not part of Latin America.)
If you want to refer only to those nations where Spanish is the official language, then the term for that is Hispanoamérica. Why is that you ask? The answer is that Hispano simply means that which is related to the Spanish language. Spain, Mexico, and Argentina are part of Hispanoamérica—but Brazil is not.
What if you want to exclude the French-speaking regions of Latin America and include Brazil? There is a word for that (though I’ve never actually heard it used in conversation): Iberoamérica. “Ibero” means “that related to the Iberian peninsula” which includes Portugal. Though it has fallen out of common use, Iberoamérica refers to the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking nations of Latin America.
What’s So Romantic About the Romance Languages?
Romance languages are the continuation of Vulgar Latin, the popular, colloquial Latin spoken by the commoners of the Roman Empire, as opposed to the classical form of the language spoken and written by the upper classes.
The term Romance comes from the Vulgar Latin adverb “romanice,” which translates to “in Roman.” There are presently 23 Romance languages spoken in the world today, including Catalan, Corsican, Galician, Ladin, Lombard, Sardinian, and Venetian as some of the more obscure examples. There are even six Romance-based creoles and pidgins, including Haitian Creole. While the “romance” in romance language isn’t actually referring to the stereotypical sex appeal of the “Latin lover,” this family of languages does arguably roll off the tongue in a more sensual way than, say, German, Mandarin or even English.
Spanish is #1
The top five Romance languages with the most native speakers are Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, and Romanian. Spanish is number 1 with approximately 470 million native speakers worldwide!
Latino is a Spanish word that has entered the English language.
The words Latino, Latina, and Latinx are used to describe people from Latin America or their descendants. Although Latinxs speak Spanish, they may dislike the term “Hispanic,” which is too closely associated with Spain, the country from which so many conquistadors came to rape, pillage, kill and steal.
The contemporary definitions of these terms currently in use are:
Latino: a U.S.-born Hispanic who is not fluent in Spanish and is engaged in social empowerment through Identity Politics. “Latino” is principally used west of the Mississippi, where it has displaced “Chicano” and “Mexican American.” English is probably their first language.
Latin: an abbreviation for “Latin American,” or Latinoámericano in Spanish (written as one word), a Latin is a person who was born in Latin America and migrated to the United States. Technically, Brazilians are Latins (not “Latinos”), because they speak Portuguese, which is a Latin language.
Regardless of his or her immigration status, a Latin is a foreign-born worker for whom English is a “foreign” language and who lacks the cultural fluency taken for granted by those born and raised in the United States. Spanish, Portuguese, or an indigenous language is their mother tongue.
What about “Hispanic”?
“Spanish Americans” was the term used widely in the nineteenth century. It morphed into “Spanish-speakers” and “Spanish-surnamed” for most of the twentieth century. “Hispanic” was introduced officially in 1970 by the Nixon administration. Today the term “Hispanic” covers people of a variety of ethnic identities who have origins in Spanish-speaking countries (i.e. Spain and Latin America). Every Latino is a Hispanic, but not every Hispanic is a Latino. Hispanic is the more inclusive term.
So, Is It Latino or Hispanic?
In 1997, the US government officially adopted the term “Latino” as a counterpart to the English word “Hispanic.” Until then, Hispanic had been used in an attempt to classify people living in the U.S. who were Spanish speakers or of Spanish heritage, ancestry, or descent. Now, with the use of the word “Latino,” with a capital L, this bureaucratic category has been enlarged to include people of non-Spanish descent. These semantics are somewhat irrelevant in the end, as the U.S. Census Bureau counts both Hispanics and Latinos in the same category.
The definition they provide defines a “Hispanic” as:
A person of Latin American or Iberian ancestry, fluent in Spanish. It is primarily used along the Eastern seaboard, and favored by those of Caribbean and South American ancestry or origin. English or Spanish can be their “native” language.
A Note on Indigenous Languages
Prior to the European conquests, it is estimated that there were as many as 1,750 indigenous languages in Latin America. Just in Mexico, nearly 70 distinct indigenous languages (364 total dialects) are still spoken. There are 22 Mayan languages spoken in Guatemala. Several million Mayan people still speak their dialects as a first language throughout Guatemala, Mexico, Belize, and Honduras. Nearly 4 million people in Peru today still speak the ancient Incan language Quechua.
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-¡Hola! ¿Cómo estás?
-Muy bien, ¿y tú?
Is this as far as you’ve gotten in your Spanish studies, or pretty much all that you really remember from high school Spanish class? If you’re looking to gain proficiency or fluency, consider using free apps to learn Spanish. Why? Apps can be downloaded and used immediately, and you can use them whenever your schedule allows.
There are oodles of apps for iOS and Android devices that are designed to help you learn or brush up on your Spanish. In fact, there are so many that the options may feel overwhelming. That’s why we’ve created our second annual list of the 6 free apps to learn Spanish!
Of course, no matter how good the apps may be, they are most effective when used in combination with other methods, such as reading blog posts in Spanish on topics that interest you, listening to Spanish language podcasts, watching movies in Spanish with English subtitles, playing video games in Spanish, and taking group or individual classes.
The key to learning another language is to consistently practice your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Soon you’ll be ready to hit la calle and start chatting with the locals.
LingQ progressively guides users through language study in real-world, immersive contexts. It spurs you to learn new Spanish vocabulary in context. LingQ also offers thousands of hours of Spanish Audio Lessons with matching transcripts. This app lets you read and listen at your own pace and adjusts the difficulty to your ability level. In addition to their Spanish mini-stories narrated by native Spanish speakers, LingQ also lets you import your own content and convert it into interactive Spanish lessons.
Duolingo makes learning enjoyable and addictive with its gamified lessons. It enables you to score points when you get the right answers, race against the clock, and level up. Spanish is the most popular of the 26 languages available on this platform. With Duolingo, you’ll identify your personal learning goals and indicate the number of minutes per day you plan to dedicate to your Spanish lessons. The interactive exercises provide immediate feedback to help you enhance your skills. It includes plenty of reading, writing, speaking, listening and conversation practice. There is a free version of the app, or you can pay $9.99 a month for Duolingo Plus to get rid of ads and access some extra features.
Do you learn well with flashcards? The MosaLingua app empowers users to learn vocabulary and phrases in digital flashcard form. As you progress, it will remind you of what you have learned and prompt you to review the flashcards again in a format that tests your knowledge.
MosaLingua is a great way to quickly learn vocabulary and phrases in Spanish. Offering words from a wide variety of topics and situations, with consistent effort, this app will help you express yourself clearly.
Babbel focuses on helping you learn new words and improve your grammar skills and sentence structure. It offers a range of Spanish courses according to your level and interests. The curriculum features pre-recorded content based on developing conversational skills. Snappy 10-15 minute lessons are made to fit into your busy schedule. Babbel employs speech recognition technology to help with tricky Spanish pronunciation. The app claims you’ll be able to talk about basic, practical topics after the first month. (Of course, this will depend on the amount of time and effort you put into learning.) The first lesson is free and a subscription costs $12.95 per month, or slightly less if you subscribe for several months in advance.
In addition to having a super fun name to say, Conjugato enables learners to learn and interact with 1,000 of the most commonly used Spanish verbs. Since verb conjugation is a key aspect of learning Spanish, this app is quite helpful! Learn Spanish verbs and their many conjugations in past, present and future tenses with the drills and quizzes with Conjugato. The app provides a comprehensive, personalized Spanish verb chart that is a valuable asset for any Spanish language learner.
6. Rosetta Stone
A long-established language learning system, Rosetta Stone offers courses in 24 different languages, including español. It is now available as an app. ¡Por supuesto! Dive into an immersive method (meaning nothing is translated) based on real-world conversations. Use your instincts to learn new words and concepts through this learning method that uses phrases rather than single-word vocabulary drills. Rosetta Stone also uses speech recognition technology to help improve your pronunciation and provide instant feedback. The app features games and challenges to keep you actively learning. It’s free for a three-day trial, after which 3 month and 1 year subscriptions are available for $11.99 per month and $6.99 per month, respectively.
Start with Free Apps to Learn Spanish!
Now that you have all the information, you should try out some of the best free apps to learn Spanish. Leave a comment below to share which is your favorite and why!
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Are you into salsa? I’m not talking about taco topping here! I’m talking about the dance craze sweeping the world: salsa! The BIG (Baile Internacional Grande) Salsa Festival in San Diego is happening from January 30 to February 3. Are you going? It will be a great opportunity to see amazing performances, attend live concerts, and dance the night away at Latin dance parties. Jose “El Canario” Alberto will play the Friday night concert. The festival also offers salsa classes for dancers of all levels of experience.
With all this buzz about salsa dance and the salsa festival, it made me wonder, where does salsa come from and why is it so wildly popular? As it turns out, salsa music and its accompanying dance have deep Caribbean and African roots. Its influences include everything from Spanish guitar music to African drums rhythms to Cuban and Puerto Rican dance moves. Today, salsa is a fun and lively music genre with hip-swinging movements that is easy to learn but difficult to master.
In addition to festivals, most major cities offer salsa dance nights throughout Latin America, across the United States, and even in Europe and Asia. Let’s learn a little more about the history of this spicy dance form!
How did salsa come to be?
Born in New York City in the 1970s, salsa is a relatively recent phenomenon. It emerged from the cultural combination of the Cuban and Puerto Rican immigrants living there who mixed the dancing and music of their home countries with the disco style that was wildly popular in the US in that era.
The Cuban Influence
The roots of salsa originated in Cuba and date back to the early 20th century, when the elements and rhythms from various musical styles were experimentally combined. The two main components of salsa, Cuban son and Afro-Cuban rumba, incorporated a wide range of instruments to create the foundation of the rhythm that would later be called salsa.
This new rhythm finally arrived in Havana in the 1950s. In the hoppin’ Cuban capital, salsa continued to evolve by absorbing yet more influences, namely other local music and North American jazz. As a result of the Cuban Revolution in 1959, many musicians relocated to the US, especially to a region of Manhattan known as El Barrio, better known as Spanish Harlem.
The Rise of Salsa
A record label established in 1964 called Fania Records was primarily responsible for the rise of salsa and its entrance into mainstream pop culture. Fania Records began releasing hit after hit. The “Fania All-Stars” included major names in the salsa world like Cheo Feliciano, Rubén Blades, Celia Cruz, and Héctor Lavoe, among others.
Fania Records revised the rhythms imported from Cuba, making them sound catchier and thus be more easily accepted by the Latino market in New York. As a marketing strategy, Fania coined the term “salsa” for this innovative new sound. It refers to the dance’s hot and spicy hip gyrations as well as the dance’s mixture of influences—much akin to the many ingredients in salsa (as in salsa picante).
The Rise of Regional Salsa Styles
When some of the “founders” of salsa started to move out of New York, they took salsa dancing with them. Salsa spread from its New York roots like wildfire and it gained popularity in nightclubs, restaurants, bars, and festivals worldwide. It swiftly evolved into various styles, including Salsa Casino (Cuban and Miami styles), Afro-Latino style, and Cali style (Colombian Salsa).
Instruments of Passion
The level of theatrics and the level of complexity in footwork varies among the styles, although the deep passion that all salsa styles exude is out of this world. The musical instruments employed also change a bit from style to style. Salsa’s most common percussion instruments are bongos, congas, timbales, maracas, and cowbells. Its string instruments include guitar (acoustic or electric), piano, violin, and bass guitar, while salsa’s brass instruments are typically trumpet, trombone, flute, and saxophone.
Dance, Dance Evolution
Salsa continues to evolve as passionate dancers invent new steps, spins, dips, and lifts. Various salsa dancing competitions occur annually, including the annual World Salsa Championships and the World Salsa Open. Just about anywhere you go, you can find salsa dance clubs and lessons nearby.
Do you salsa?
If you’re into salsa or any other Latin or Spanish dance, check out this Spanish Academy TV video in which one of our own HSA team members learns to salsa dance. See how it easy and fun it really is!
Comment below with your opinion on salsa music and salsa dancing. Or, sign up today for a free class and discuss salsa with one of our fabulous teachers. ¡Bailemos!
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