How to do the choque dance

Salsa Choke - Salsa Vida

What is Salsa Choke?

Salsa choke (pronounced “cho-que”) is a style of salsa that originates from Colombia, which mixes together traditional salsa music with reggaeton. Salsa choke refers to both the form of music as well as the style of dance that is danced to it.

Salsa choke is an urban form of dance with similarities to reggaeton and hip hop and is danced solo instead of with a partner. The style of music and dance is dissimilar enough from traditional salsa that there is some argument as to whether it should even be classified as salsa.

History of Salsa Choke

Salsa choke originated in Tumaco, a port city in Colombia around 2008, and spread to Cali, Colombia (the salsa capital of Colombia) from where it spread to other parts of Colombia.

Salsa choke has grown in popularity in recent years due to soccer players in Colombia often dancing salsa choke steps after they score a goal or after they win a match. Soccer is the most popular sport in Colombia, so this has helped salsa choke become a part of popular culture, with popular Colombian musicians releasing salsa choke songs and albums.

How to Dance Salsa Choke

The word “choke” in Colombian Spanish mean “bump” so the name of the dance translates to “salsa bump”. The basic step typically consists of stepping side to side and incorporating hip movement, similar to a side basic in LA-style salsa dancing or bachata..

Salsa choke is strictly a solo dance unlike other styles of salsa dancing. Often salsa choke is danced in a group, with a leader at the front of the group leading different steps, and the rest of the group following, like in a salsa animation.

There are a few common steps that are typically danced in salsa choke, with other steps borrowed from reggaeton or hip hop, or improvised on the spot.

Top Salsa Choke Songs

Looking for some great salsa choke songs? Check out our playlist of top salsa choke hits from Colombia:

Swagga by Cali Flow Latino

Ras Tas Tas by Cali Flow Latino

La Rumba Va Sola by Los Traviesos

Trake Que Tra by La Gente Pesada

La Tusa – Integración Casanova

Chichoky – CJ Castro

Salsa & Choke by ChocQuibTown

We hope you this helped increase your knowledge about Salsa Choque! Learn more about the other different styles of salsa dancing.

What is Salsa Choke? • Dance Papi

When Brasil inched Colombia out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, salsa lovers were left with a sweet consolation prize: The introduction to the latest dance craze, “salsa choke.” This isn’t necessarily a new phenomenon, and dancers in tune with Colombia’s unique moves were already well acquainted. However, with each Colombian goal scored, the team and fans showcased their own spin on salsa that took the world by storm. It was a little different than the salsa everyone knew, and fans began clamoring for more information. It was actually “salsa choke” (or SalsaChoke), which was born in Cali, Colombia, which is also the birthplace of salsa dancing.

Salsa choke is a uniquely Colombian rhythm that skyrocketed to (local) popularity circa 2008. It has obviously strong salsa roots, but also mixes in reggaeton, electronica, house music and urban vibes. Most of the salsa choke music has thick computer generated sounds, featuring salsa rhythm loops as a foundation. Usually, lyrics are easy and dished up with a heavily seasoned urban style. It’s no surprise that salsa choke music has been wildly popular, with the lyrics easy to remember, addictive and repetitive. It’s a common recipe for commercial musical success across all genres.

A New Generation of Salsa Dancers

Thanks to the slightly hip hop infusion of salsa choke, the dancing that evolved along with it also got a little more urban. “Choke” translates to “bump” in Spanish, and SalsaChoke literally means “Salsa bump.” It marries the bump and grind style of dancing with traditional salsa moves, bringing dancers closer and igniting a new level of passion. Simultaneously, the one on one style of salsa choke split into more of a group dynamic. Now, SalsaChoke can mean either a closer, “dirtier” form of dancing as well as a type of group line dance. The moves, much like the Cupid Shuffle or even Electric Slide, are well-known and gets everyone on the dance floor.

At the Brasil World Cup, the Colombian team showcased a common type of SalsaChoke in their team dance. Lining up and dancing side by side to celebrate each goal, while fans followed suit in the stadiums and in living rooms around the world, the era of SalsaChoke spread from Colombia and Brasil to around the world. Now, you can find some examples of SalsaChoke in Latin clubs globally, although it remains most popular in Colombia.

Salsa Mild

SalsaChoke boils down to being an easier to follow dance than classical salsa, and you don’t need a partner. Just about anyone can do it, and you don’t need to be well-versed in how to lead or follow to participate. It’s no wonder it became a club sensation, especially with those urban lyrics and electric rhythms that draw in younger dancers. For some, SalsaChoke is Salsa 2.0, and younger crowds have claimed it as their own in some Cali clubs.

However, no new sensation is complete without a smattering of controversy. Traditional salsa dancers and musicians sometimes say that SalsaChoke isn’t really salsa, and it’s not a genre of salsa either. Just because it has salsa rhythm roots, that doesn’t make it salsa. Some hardcore salsa traditionalists have even claimed that SalsaChoke “stole” the salsa name in order to be more recognizable. Maybe it’s a brand new musical genre altogether, perhaps it’s a sub-genre, or (more likely) it just depends on who you ask. It might be a passing fad, or it might be here to stick.

There are also a few nay-sayers who complain that SalsaChoke might cause the demise of “real” salsa music. Due to the electronic music and very accessible lyrics, does this mean traditional salsa will degrade? Some are worried about this possibility, while others say SalsaChoke will only benefit salsa in Colombia. Already, there’s some concern over reggaeton and bachata overtaking traditional salsa.

Get Your SalsaChoke On

If you’re interested in learning more about SalsaChoke, check out some of the music online. You might find that it’s just your style! Popular musicians include Edwin Klinger, DJ Darlyn, and Ley Brown. Some even say that Pitbull’s innovative style is an early version of SalsaChoke. You’ll also find some great examples of hardcore SalsaChoke dancing on YouTube.

There will always be some push back when a beloved style of music or dance is “threatened” by a younger newcomer. Only you can decide if SalsaChoke features a beat and dance that draws you close, and it’s worth looking into. Maybe you’ll fall in love with it—or maybe you’ll be reminded why you’ll always be a traditional salsa lover.

Traditional dances of Colombia

The green country of Colombia is located in the northwest of the South American continent. The Colombians themselves do not really like the Russian or English pronunciation (“colAmbia”) and are asked to call their homeland “Colombia”. But no matter what language you call it, the word “Colombian” brings to mind festive music, bright outfits and dancing smiling people. In the last article, we talked about the traditional dances of Chile. Let's talk about Colombia today.

Colombia is not only a country of endemic animals, a variety of birds and outlandish plants. Colombia's musical heritage is no less diverse, for a number of reasons. This is a country where the roots of Indian, African and European dance cultures are mixed. Clear drum rhythms came from Africa, more advanced choreography and beautiful clothes came from Europe, the Indian population brought the energy of the place and the sounds of a flute from a millet stalk. All this has been mixed and developed for centuries depending on the region of the country, which can be conditionally distinguished into three: the Caribbean coast, the Pacific coast and the hinterland with the foothills of the Andes. From region to region, musical traditions can change so much that it seems like they are completely different countries. A prime example of Colombia's current cultural mix is ​​singer Shakira, who combines Colombian roots with Middle Eastern blood and European relatives and is the country's national hero. nine0003

In 1930, Antonio José Restrepo published the Antioquia Songbook, where he indicated a great variety of musical styles and dance styles in Colombia: galeron, carrumba, chucho, buyerengue, mapale, bamboo, paseo, son and others. Now folklore dances can be seen at holidays or at performances of street artists on Sunday evenings.

To understand a culture, it is necessary to speak the same language. Sign up for a Spanish course or go study Spanish in Spain and Latin America. nine0010


It has African roots and comes from the Caribbean coast of the country. In the original, it is performed to the clapping of the palms and the drum rhythm. The choreography follows the movements of the mapale fish, beating in the air: short steps, quick, energetic chest movements. In general, it resembles the basic movements from modern reggaeton, only at an even more hectic pace. Women's movements are slightly softer and more erotic. It is performed by two rows of dancers: male and female. Mapale, like many dances in general, had the meaning of choosing a partner. It is performed by men bare-chested and wearing light-coloured trousers, while the women are dressed in Indian grass skirts. nine0003


Came from the Atlantic coast and has perhaps the strongest African roots. This is a ritual dance performed only by women to the sound of drums, clapping and singing of the choir. However, the sound of the music is no longer as African as in Mapala. Buyerenge symbolizes the onset of the adult period in a girl's life. It is performed by young girls holding the body straight and making slow movements, coordinated and symmetrical. The girl's legs are kept inseparably from the floor, connecting her knees together and slightly bending them. The movements of the hips are smooth and rhythmic, as are the swings of the wide hem of the skirt, imitating the movements of the wings of a butterfly or ocean waves. All movements are calm, solemn. nine0003


The dance originated on the Pacific coast, bringing together the African heritage of the colonial era. This is a couples dance in which a man fights for the attention of a woman, trying to invite her to dance. The business of the lady is to politely and evasively refuse, at least not to give up immediately. The dancers are most often dressed in white. Both dancers have a handkerchief in their hands. The man plays it, circling and dancing around his partner, intensifying the effect with gestures, sighs and turns. The lady remains cool to the courtship of the gentleman and tries to deviate from him, gently circling and waving the hem of her skirt. In essence, this dance-game is very similar to the Cuban rumba, however, the curulao is much smoother. nine0003


The history of this dance stretches from the end of the 19th century. Bambuco was traditionally performed in the regions of the Colombian Andes (Cauco, Boyaca, Santander del Norte, Nariño). Each region had its own variation, but in the beginning of the 20th century, professional choreographers tried to single out a single dance pattern that can now be seen at the holidays. The key figures of bamboo (flirting, courtship, kissing) show the process of conquering a girl by a man. At 1960s Bamboo Suit Officially Adopted:
- corset and wide-brimmed skirt with floral patterns and lace for a woman, a flower in her head;
- hat, white / striped shirt and poncho for a man. A man can play with a scarf, and a woman can take a hat from a gentleman.

A tipple dance is performed - a Colombian type of guitar and an Indian flute. The rhythms of babmbuko are free and fun. Popular at the summer festivals of San Pedro and San Juan.


An ancient dance that originated in the eastern regions of Yano and Colombo from the Spanish fandango and, oddly enough, the European waltz. Choropo performed at family holidays. Back in the 17th century. The church tried to ban the choropo, but it is still danced today. Women's costume - a short and puffy skirt, similar to an exotic flower and sandals. Harp and maracas sound in choropo.

The meaning of the dance is the same flirting. When performing horopo, the body of the dancers remains almost motionless, while the legs beat out a clear and fast rhythm. An incredible number of turns are taken from the waltz. There are many varieties of horopo: central, eastern, guayan, yyanero, kirpa and others. nine0003


Despite the abundance and variety of folklore dances in Colombia, the most popular and famous is the cumbia. Cumbia is a mix of Spanish and African music that originated on the Atlantic coast, in the region of the Madalena River (Bolivar, Cordoba, Sucre, Atlantico and Magdalena regions). Gradually, the dance spread throughout the northern coast and further to the countries of South America. Now it can be found in Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Chile and Mexico. nine0003

Double dance: a man is courting a lady, holding one hand behind his back, and in the other - a hat, trying to invite the lady for a walk. The movements of men and women are different. Initially, the dance was born at the Fiesta de la Candelaria candle festival, so in the original, folklore version of the dance, women hold lighted candles with one hand, and hold the hem of their skirt with the other. With the same candles, you can protect yourself from the "courtship" of a persistent gentleman. The lady's movements are softer, smoother and more restrained, she glides with short steps, while the man spins around the partner, attracting her attention in every possible way, including making faces and bullying her. Women's costume: a wide-brimmed skirt and a blouse that can fall off the shoulder. The men are traditionally dressed in white with a red scarf around their necks. nine0003

Drums, maracas and local bagpipes were originally among the instruments, but later an accordion brought from Europe joined them, and the cumbia acquired its familiar sound today. The rhythm of the music is syncopated.

Cumbia is very popular and is still danced even now in nightclubs. Of course, the costume and choreography have changed. And to such an extent that people perform salsa steps to the tune of cumbia, but nevertheless you can easily hear this tune in a disco. nine0003

Salsa caleña (salsa colombiana)

In terms of steps and sound, Cubano is so different from the salsa we are used to that you might think that this is a completely different dance. In salsa kalenya, you will hear less percussion and more wind instruments, namely trumpets, which gives the orchestra a slightly old-fashioned sound.

The style was born in the 30s. 20th century and has been actively developed since the mid-50s, when the annual Feeria de Cali festival opened in Cali, which is still ongoing. While the poor danced the rumba, swing and rock and roll broke into the more affluent circles. Over time, the styles began to mix, they were supplemented by the rhythms of boogaloo (two-beat rhythm) and pachanga (or charanga - after the orchestra that performed the pachanga), in which special attention was paid to footwork. Pop stars from the South American continent such as Hector Lavoe and Celia Cruz came to the festival in Cali, bringing something new. Nowhere did salsa dance so much as in Cali. As a result, in the 80s. the city receives the title of "salsa capital of the world" and holds it to this day. There are many salsa schools in Cali, and it seems that the whole city does nothing but dance. nine0003

The dance itself is characterized by complex and fast footwork at a very energetic pace with complex figures and acrobatic lifts. The dance is suitable for both solo performances and large groups (which is most loved in Colombia). The Colombians themselves will dance this version of salsa in a simple disco.

Salsa choke (chichoke)

Another type of salsa, which originated quite recently, in 2008 in the Aguablanca region in the east of Cali, but, nevertheless, gained popularity among young people. Similar in rhythm to salsaton, the dance involves moving the leg and hip twice to each side with coordinated hand movements. This step is very similar to the movements in bachata, but with twice the speed. The dance is rather single or collective than a pair dance, and is quite suitable for discos. nine0003


However, salsa choque should not be confused with another dance with an almost identical name Choque (different spelling). Simply “choque” is a modern variation of a dance known in the 70s as Bumps, where the dancers hit each other with their hips (this movement can be found in the Brazilian forro and in other directions). However, the modern Colombian choque is performed to rhythmic reggaeton music and is a rather indecent version of Bumps: the partner hits the hips, knees, arms, shoulders and even the head on the buttocks of the rhythmically moving partner. The dance is street and quite provocative. nine0003


A very popular genre of romantic song in Colombia, which replaces bachata for Colombians. However, many of the tracks known as bachata actually come from the Colombian vayenato (or "vallenato", as you can hear in Russian as often as possible), and you will be surprised to hear familiar melodies in a slightly different rhythm.

Less percussion, more percussion instruments. The main instruments are caja (percussion), guacharaca (cross-cut reed pipe) and, of course, the accordion. Vaienato is a little more syncopated than bachata. In principle, movements from bachata can also be performed under vaienato, but still this genre has its own choreography. nine0003

Partners stand almost embracing and take two small steps to the right and two small steps to the left. The partner tightly hugs the gentleman with his right hand around the neck. At the same time, oddly enough, bachata, which involves less close contact, is considered more indecent in the cities of Colombia than vayenato. Colombians from big cities themselves say that they are passionate people, but modest enough to dance bachata in public. But the hot climate of the coasts is conducive to greater freedom: there, in discos, they prefer bachata, salsa and reggaeton. nine0003

Vaienato or “song of the valley” (from Spanish valle – valley) can be both slow, telling about love for the lady of the heart with a detailed description of her, and fast, incendiary. Singer Carlos Vives is considered a classic of the present time in this genre.


And finally. Zumba is not exactly a dance, it is rather a dance-sport direction that was born completely by accident in 1999. Alberto Perez, a fitness instructor, originally from that same Colombian city of Cali, worked in Miami and forgot to bring a music disc to one of his workouts. I had to make do with a playlist from my own player. Clients liked the idea, and gradually fitness to hot Latin rhythms gained popularity not only in Miami, but also in half of the globe. Since 2001, the Zumba Empire has become official and has grown. For a fee, you can train and become a Zumba instructor, as well as get access to the official Zumba choreography on the site. The rhythms used are energetic, but very different: cumbia, reggaeton, salsa, bachata, i.e. all spectrum of latin dances. An accidental mistake brought Beto Perez world fame, fun and useful workouts for millions of people, and Colombians a great pride in their compatriot. nine0003

Text: Alla Anikina

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Sent by 23.09.2010, 23:58:19

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Sent by 09/27/2010, 10:17:47

Hello. I have lost your phone number. Could you give Beksultan's contacts if we are talking about the same festival. We are very interested in participation

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Sent by 28. 02.2011, 14:37:16

can guys learn? and individually?

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    Mark Akirman

    Sent by 16.03.2011, 18:39:09

    Please tell me. What kind of lezginka do you teach exactly? I personally like how Daghistani dance))

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    Sent by on 24.03.2011, 23:41:45


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    #166 nine0004 triangle-choke

    Sent by 03/28/2011, 09:40:08

    is there a studio in the atakent area?

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    Mark Akirman

    Sent by 28.03.2011, 16:51:18

    The topic does not live anymore =( nine0012

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    Sent by 03/31/2011, 15:10:18

    is there a studio in the atakent area?

    And write to me

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      Ak Erke

      Sent by 13.04.2011, 23:19:26

      Chaliapin-Saina has a studio. Emirkhan teaches. Well, it turned out to be an incendiary course of study. Energy after dancing and rushing.

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        Sent by 20.04.2011, 16:48:39

        There is a studio on Chaliapin - Saina. Emirkhan teaches. Well, it turned out to be an incendiary course of study. Energy after dancing and rushing.

        Where exactly is it?

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          Sent by 05/04/2011, 19:40:10

          Girls A group is being recruited for teaching female lezginka, would you like to learn how to dance beautifully and quickly, you will learn in 1-2 months, payment is 7000 per month, dancing takes place on Tashkent Derzhinsky in the ATRIUM (RAMSTOR) trading house on the 3rd floor
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            Sent by 06/02/2011, 23:43:09

            Above the Kazakhfilm micro district, there is a school! Lezginka is taught inside the building!

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            #176 nine0004 MISHUH

            Sent by 06/06/2011, 20:35:57

            a group performed yesterday, four girls, it was unique, super simple
            I want to learn. but since they fail, they literally take off, and their legs are like springs, and they stand on their toes, but you can learn general movements. Their costumes were great. Well done.

            So I liked the same more --- costumes or dance????????????????????)

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            #178 nine0004 Alya "th

            Sent by 06/08/2011, 02:48:47

            Armenians and Azerbaijanis don’t have such a dance as lezginka, I don’t know why they always try to attribute it to themselves)))))) and at concerts their ensembles from cultural centers dance to Chechen music, this has long been known to everyone fact

            Don't you think that you are writing nonsense? I don’t know about the Armenians, but the Azerbaijanis have such a dance as the Lezginka. If it comes to that, then this dance was originally a national Caucasian dance, and since both Armenians and Azerbaijanis are Caucasians, this is also considered their national one! And no one ascribes them to himself! And, I won’t argue about the music, here you are right! nine0012

            Lezginka is danced only among the peoples of the North Caucasus! Armenia and Azerbaijan are the republics of Transcaucasia! You don’t even know your own history . .. You should be ashamed! Azerbaijanis do not and never had a lezginka dance! First, read the history, make inquiries, find substantiated facts, and then pretend we're talking nonsense here!
            I don't argue with men. Let it be that you are right!

            I don’t argue, but I’ll add: everyone who likes it, regardless of nationality, dances lezginka! I’m far from the Caucasus, but I’ve been fond of lezginka since I was 7 years old, my husband is Azerbaijani and he coolly dances lezginka putting his feelings into it, but they cannot be appropriated, stolen , borrow, etc. nine0012

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            Sent by 06/12/2011, 00:27:44

            I am a woman, I want to learn how to dance the female part.

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