Pachanga

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Pachanga is a fun and energetic way to spice up your footwork and put some funk and bounce into your Salsa and Mambo shines!  

Originally confused with Charanga, and  later identified as “La Pachanga”, this dance in it’s beginnings was fast and syncopated and only had a number of step variations. But when mixed with Cha Cha Cha later (Pachanga-Cha), it developed a much wider variety of moves. Cuban immigrants took the Pachanga rhythm and dance styles to the US, where they became hugely popular during the late 1950s and early 1960s.

This type of music has a festive, lively style and is marked by mischievous lyrics. What distinguishes Charanga and Pachanga music is that these use a different instrumentation, replacing the brass instruments more commonly used in Latin/Caribbean music with flutes and violins.

Pachanga dance movement utilises a shuffling and swivelling motion, usually achieved by dancers placing their weight on the balls of their feet, bending the knees and twisting their hips to emphasise the beat. It often employs varied footwork patterns, from three to eight beats, but in general each beat of the music is used. While proper Pachanga music and dance differs from Salsa, there is a lot of crossover in the music, so it is possible to integrate Pachanga movement and footwork into any Salsa or Mambo footwork pattern.

Prerequisite: No dance experience necessary, but being of Salsa Improver level or equivalent experience helps.
Recommendation: We advise to take a pachanga course 1 to 2 times to master the movement and the rhythm.
Combine this course with: Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Mambo On2, Men’s Styling, Ladies Styling, Bachata. 

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