Salsa, cha-cha and merengue, inasfar as how they’re danced and how you move your feet are similar in many ways but there are some important differences that make a big difference in the way it looks (and looking good is part of dancing, right?) and the way it feels.
From a purely mechanical standpoint the difference is when you move your feet but just that information is sorta useless because dancing is a combination of movement overlayed over a certain period of time (otherwise known as rhythm).
As I always recommend, it’s a good idea to go to Google, Wikipedia and YouTube to see what they have to say about things (such as this) which you’re trying to learn about.
Remember though that if you’re looking for information about salsa dancing you could get some relevent results using two terms…..’salsa’ and/or ‘salsa dance’ (or ‘salsa dancing’). So………keep that in mind.
For cha-cha, be advised that when you’re searching for infor on that dance, it might be found under ‘cha cha’, ‘cha cha cha’, ‘cha-cha’, or ‘cha-cha-cha’. Personally, I usually use ‘cha-cha’. There’s a reason why some people say ‘cha-cha-cha’ but it’s not important as far as learning how to dance.
Merenge is just spelled one way…..’merengue’. It’s also the simplist of the latin dances to learn and some teachers think it’s the best one to learn first (an idea I agree with but don’t always do…for whatever reason ðŸ™‚