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Reggaeton is a Latin blend of reggae and dancehall music. Widely popular in Puerto Rico, it has also crossed into the mainstream in the United States and elsewhere. Reggaeton is lively with a fast-paced beat and requires very high energy to keep up with the pace. One important element of beginning reggaeton dance is hip movement, an exaggerated motion that moves the whole body.
- Feel the basic rhythm of the music. Beginning dancers can get a feel for when to move by bending your knees slightly to the beat of the music.
- Roll your toe out first, beginning by stepping up onto the ball of your foot and shifting your weight around the edge of your foot from inside to outside.
- Bend your knees slightly and allow your knees to follow the motion that you started in your feet. Allow the bend in your knees to increase and decrease as you move, creating the illusion that your legs are moving flexibly like rubber.
- Allow your hip to follow the motion up from your toes and knees. When you circle your hips out to follow the leg motion, pop your hip out all the way, emphasizing your hip placement as much as possible.
- Complete the circular motion moving both outward from the inside of the body and returning inward, back and forth.
Tips & Warnings
Allow your arms to swing freely while you do the hip motions. Your arms can simply follow the motion of your body.
Exaggerate your movements as much as possible, especially with the hips. The bigger your hip motions, the better for reggaeton dancing.
Illustration from Clyde Mendes column at Salsa TV, Singapore