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13 Songs That Made Us Do Silly Dances We Couldn’t Help But Love

“Aserejé (The Ketchup Song)” by Las Ketchup

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This is the song that you had to secretly dance to in your room because your mom thought it was brujería. If she only knew the chorus is actually a nonsensical translation of the “Rapper’s Delight” lyrics “I said a hip, hop, the hippie to the hippie.” #TheMoreYouKnow

“Payaso del Rodeo” by Caballo Dorado

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The title of this song is exactly what you’ll be looking like after downing shots of tequila at your cousin’s quince. The song starts off as a slow version of “Achy Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus, and speeds up to get everyone’s asses moving. Good luck not getting your foot stomped on!

“Lambada” by Kaoma

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The lambada is a dance style that has its roots in Brazil. The Afro-Brazilian dance went mainstream in the ’90s when the French group Kaoma released “Lambada” in Portuguese. The “forbidden” dance was marked by fast, swaying hip movements, which were perfect to show off those major V-bikinis and short skirts of the ’90s.

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CREDIT: YouTube/ClubMusic80s

The music video that put the song on the map told the tale of two young star-crossed lovers who were denied seeing each other because they were too close. Eventually, they’re allowed to dance their little hearts away. Awwww.

“Macarena” by Los del Río

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This is arguably the ultimate crazy Latino dance song. This one-hit wonder from Spain is like a siren song we can’t ignore. Excuse us while we go put our arms one by one on our head and sway our hips from side to side… ? ?

“La Bomba” by Azul Azul

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“Todo el mundo una mano en la cabeza…” If we are going to take orders from anyone on the dance floor, Azul Azul is the group to do it from. We’ll put our hand on our head and on our hip to show we’re having a blast. BTW, this song is H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S when you’re people watching at a nightclub.

“1, 2, 3” by El SímboloTNN

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This cute but entertaining song from Argentine dance pop group El Símbolo-TNN made everyone get down on the dance floor. The dance steps are easy enough: everyone to the bottom, everyone to the top, then get close to your dance partner and shake it off.

“El baile del perrito” by Wilfrido Vargas ? ?

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This ’90s merengue jam was a mainstay on the dance floor and had people doing this:

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“Za Za Za” by DJ Oscar Lobo and Grupo Climax

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The second you hear “Mesa, mesa,” your quince party or boda is about to be ?. Get ready to see your guests put their hands in the air and start clapping. “Mesa, mesa que mas aplauda”!

READ: These Are the 9 Types of Salsa Dancers

“El Venao” by Los Cantantes

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When you see people raise their fingers to their heads  while they dance — to simulate deer antlers — it’s because “El Venao” is playing. Originally called “El Venado” by Los Pakines, the version by Los Cantantes is the most entertaining one — probably because they are actually dressed as deer in the music video. However, the Los Pakines version features a guy with computer-generated horns. Tough to beat.

READ: This White Guy Slayed At El Zapateado Y Bachata During His Wedding Dance And…It. Was. Epic.

“Sopa de Caracol” by Banda Blanca

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“La Bala” by Los Hermanos Flores

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This band from El Salvador brought us a cumbia that kinda makes it seem like you have a tummy ache: you place your hand on your stomach and then rub it. #TrueStory

READ: 13 Latino Songs Guaranteed to Get You Out of Your Chair and Dancing

“Mi cucu” by La Sonora Dinamita

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While the dancing isn’t too crazy for this particular song, the lyrics make it a funny one to dance to on a rowdy Saturday night. Just imagine your tios and tias saying “que lindo es tu cucu” while doing a slow twirl. LOL ? ?

“La Chona” by Los Tucanes de Tijuana

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This is THE gold standard of quebradita songs when it comes to party anthems. Once you get past the fact that “la chona” is NOT talking about chonies, it’s an entertaining song to almost “break your back” to on the dance floor. La chona is definitely the girl you want to have as your wingwoman when going out for the weekend.

WATCH: This White Guy Slayed At El Zapateado Y Bachata During His Wedding Dance

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Latinas Talk About Their Fave Dance Craze

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Latinas Talk About Their Fave Dance Craze

Lawrence Manning

There’s no denying the fact that dance has a pretty firm place in the hearts of just about every Latin American culture. Across our countries and cultures, and thanks to native and Afro roots, Latin Americans know how to toe step and grind better than the rest of them. From salsa and bachata to danzón and merengue dance has permeated our lives making parties, ceremonies, and even sad occasions some of the most memorable and colorful.

As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we turned to Latinas to ask about their favorite dances from their cultures and how it has made their life better.

We posed the question “Latin America consists of many different cultural dances. What can you say about the ones from your país? We will be featuring your answers on one of our editorial pieces.⁠”

Check out the answers below!

“CUMBIA! And Joe Arroyo so beautiful said, ‘del Indio tiene la fuerza, y el Negro la fortaleza, que le imprime el movimiento.’”- lauraarendonn


“Ritmos africanos combinados con tambores pre-colombinos y la flambuya y elegancia de los gitanos y corte española. Mi herencia cultural es un sabroso pozole.”- mercedesmelugutierrez

“Chamamé, vanera… – Southern Brazil. Super important to the gaucho culture that southern Brazil shares with argentina and uruguay.”- its.lilas.world

“El baile de los viejitos, Michoacán, México.”- angelyly_



“Punta!! Like ‘Sopa de Caracol.’”- laura_gamez27

“Samba — originated in Brazil from men and women ( mostly from West African region) that were enslaved by Portugal — and brought to Brazil.”- la_licorne_en_velours_

“BOMBA!!! A style of dance in Puerto Rico heavily influenced by our African roots.”-xosamanthaotero


“Festejo… “- jesthefania

“Danza.”- karifornialove

“Cueca from Chile.”- calisunchine



“Huapango Arribeño- San Luis Potosí, Mexico.”-hijxsdetonatiuh



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A Petition Is Going Around Highlighting Racism in The Ballet World

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A Petition Is Going Around Highlighting Racism in The Ballet World

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Like so many corners of the globe, the Ballet world has long poured over and favored the concept of whiteness.

The “ballet blanc” is a perfect example of that. Ballet blanc or “white ballet” is a scene in a ballet performance where the performers all wear white dresses or tutus. Deeply tied to its performance is a school of thought that suggests there shouldn’t be any black dancers in the corps de ballet because the identical nature of the performers is key to the performance.

If you ever took a ballet class yourself, you also know that racism exists in ballet thanks to your first-hand experiences with the tights and shoes you bought for your classes. Most likely you noticed that the “nude” color tights and slippers you were required to wear only came in colors called “European pink.” The issue has brought about a long and laborious process Black ballerinas are subjected to endure called “pancaking.” To make the pink and peach-colored ballet shoes match their skin tones, Black dancers beat their shoes with makeup so that they match their skin tones.

In light of the current fight against ongoing racial injustices, thousands are signing petitions calling on ballet shoes makers to add darker color options to their line of shoes.

To promote the petitions, Briana Bell, a Twitter user and an 18-year-old black dancer from Dallas, explained that ballet shoes are just one of several ways that dancers of color are made to feel as if they do not belong in the world of ballet. “Black ballerinas have constantly been pushed out of the typically and traditionally white ballet world because our bodies aren’t like theirs and this is just another way to make us feel unwanted!” went onto explain in a series of tweets

In an interview with Daily Mail.com Bell explained that “Racial discrimination within the dance world is passive in my experience, but very much still there. Little things like not being able to find your skin tone in leotards, tights, and shoes may seem insignificant, but imagine how embarrassing it is to have to wear tights/leotards/shoes that do not blend with your skin and your white counterpart’s dance attire matches them perfectly. Recently, of course, efforts have been made in the way of leotards and tights but pointe shoes have fallen behind.”

Bell also highlighted the lack of support and awareness of non-POC dancers is what has continued such microaggressions.

“I’ve come to learn from the comments of my post that simple things like this never crossed the minds of many non-POC, because this seems very basic and not like a luxury to them,” she went onto explain in her interview. “But to us it’s a luxury that hasn’t been afforded yet. And while I do understand that there are some businesses that sell various shades of brown pointe shoes online, finding a pointe shoe for you isn’t so easy that you can do it online. We need to go into the shop, get our feet measured, and find the exact shoe for you because there are so many different shapes. If done incorrectly, you can injure yourself.”

Here’s hoping Belle’s petition sparks a change amongst big ballet brands like Capezio and Block.

“These big brands like Capezio and Bloch are more accessible for us because they have shops locally we can walk into,” Belle underlined. “So at this point, it’s either you sacrifice comfort and safety for the color, or you suck it up and paint your shoes after you get them.”

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