Now Trending: World Rhythms to Dance To

Every Zumba® lover knows our four core rhythms well: salsa, merengue, cumbia, and reggaeton. There are tons of other genres that get us moving. Some have been around for centuries and others are just a few years old. Here are some of our favorite unique international rhythms.

Kizomba

Known for its slow and sultry sound, Kizomba music is also known as the African Tango. Kizomba originated in Angola and took its form in the 1980s, but this rhythm grew out of musical influences that date back to the 16th and 17th century colonization by the Portuguese. Although Kizomba is known as a partner dance, it doesn’t have to be – and whether you’re dancing solo or with a friend, you can easily learn the moves! There are plenty of Zumba® instructors offering Kizomba rhythms in their classes to songs like Dancing Kizomba (ZIN™ Members: Find it on Mega Mix 53). Check out this video for some inspiration!

Soca

Soca is popular throughout the Caribbean but got its start in Trinidad and Tobago. The genre developed as a way to keep Calypso music fresh as reggae became more and more popular. Musicians merged Calypso sounds with traditional Indian instruments in the 1970s and 80s to create the Soca music we know today. When you dance Soca to songs like the Zumba® original Give it Up and Hora Loca (ZIN™ Volume 58), you better bring the energy – this rhythm is non-stop! Check out this classic choreo to sample some Soca.

Moombahton

Moombahton came to be through necessity. Washington D.C.- based DJ Dave Nada was playing a gig to an audience that didn’t want to hear his typical techno playlist. He slowed down his tracks and – boom – Moombahton was born! This rhythm is a mix of Dutch-inspired house music and reggaeton. With its European, Latin, and Caribbean roots, Moombahton has become an internationally-loved sound. Check out tracks like Wine it Up (Mega Mix 42) to experience this relatively new music craze. Here’s some choreo you can try, too!

Dancehall

Rihanna. Mr. Vegas. Sean Paul. You probably recognize these names, thanks to the popularity of Dancehall music which has skyrocketed over the last ten years! This genre took off in the 1970s in Jamaica’s urban communities. The dances that go along with favorite Dancehall tunes have unforgettable names, like the “Bogle”, “Wine & Dip”, and “Pon Di River”. The next time you hear Remedy (ZIN™ Volume 59) or another favorite Dancehall tune, we highly recommend imagining yourself in Jamaica heating up the dance floor! This duo is showing off their moves to this classic Dancehall tune.

Jennifer Lauren

Jennifer Lauren is a Zumba® instructor from New York. She blogs about teaching Zumba® classes and all things fitness at www.TheZBeat.com.

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