Latin Ballroom

livinginparadise

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I am translating my daughter's CV to French for entrance in an art school. We have to translate 'Latin Ballroom'. I found 'danse de salon', but we need to specify that it is only Latin dances. I really appreciate any input.
 
  • livinginparadise

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    Merci Gerard. The question now for me is: is this the way we say it in the dance world?
     
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    Garoubet

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    French - France, Quebec
    Danses latines font références à: salsa, bachata, merengue, cha cha,...
    Danses de salon font référence à : valse, rumba, foxtrot, tango...

    Il faut donc employer danses latines comme le dit Gérard
     

    livinginparadise

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    yes, but she has donne salsa, cha cha, rumba and tango. What should I say then?
     
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    Garoubet

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    To be precise, the cha cha is categorized in "danse de salon" if you look for this expression in Wikipedia.
    based on the dances she performs, you can write : Danses latines et de salon , not danses latines de salon or danses de salon latines which doesn't make sense
     

    livinginparadise

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    Thanks. I decided to write the name of each dance. it adds only few words into the line. I am glad you clarified it to me because tango is her best performance and it would have been left out. I wonder why tango isn't considered a 'danse latine'. Very interesting.
     
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    Garoubet

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    As for the cha cha, Tango is sometimes categorized in Latin dances.
    At one point of time, they were the dances coming from Latin America including Caribbean dances on one side and the rest of the world on the other side. Latin dances category has evolved to regroup dances with a hip motion versus the other more "formal" dances. You'll always find different ways to regroup the dances, depending on the countries and the dance associations; anyway, it's a good option to write down what she did exactly.
     

    Nicomon

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    You'd normally distinguish Ballroom dances from Latin dances in English as well. I'm surprised to read Latin Ballroom.

    Copied from the website of a dance club - coloring mine. The last paragraph might answer your question about tango :
    If it travels around the room it is probably ballroom / If it is more stationary with rotation it is probably Latin/swing
    Ballroom: Waltz, Foxtrot, Ballroom Tango, Quickstep, Viennese Waltz
    Latin: Rumba, Salsa, Cha Cha, Argentine Tango, Merengue, Bolero, Mambo, Lambada, Samba, Bachata
    Swing (sub category of Latin): Swing (triple step) Rock N Roll (single step) Jitterbug (double step) Hustle

    Argentine Tango vs Ballroom Tango – Why is one style ballroom and the other Latin?
    These two styles of tango are worlds apart. Once again it mainly comes back to the technique and travel. Ballroom Tango travels around the room constantly following lie of dance whereas Argentine Tango uses Latin techniques and rotates and moves more or less on the spot with bursts of travel in any direction.
    I agree with Garoubet about this :
    [...] not danses latines de salon or danses de salon latines which doesn't make sense.
    I'm only adding this specification : In Quebec, we say danses latines, but you are more likely to hear danses sociales/de société than danses de salon.
    As confirmed under ballroom dance in le GDT

    All of this said... I also agree that actually naming the dances that your daughter can perform is a good option. :)
     
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    Bezoard

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    À Paris, les cours de danses de salon enseignaient souvent à la fois la valse, le rock, le tango, le cha-cha-cha et la samba/rumba. C'étaient les bases. Mais il est vrai qu'il y aujourd'hui de plus en plus de cours spécialisés en danses latines.
     
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