The Caribbean Nightclub Dances are an unofficial category of nightclub dances that are most commonly found in the Caribbean, Central American, and South America. We have categorized them on our website to help students understand that in social settings, the four dances, merengue, salsa, bachata, and kizomba are commonly found danced together. They all have West African musical origins and have overlapping musical structures. The Cuban technique found in these dances is also compatible with the Rhythm category even though they are not included as official dances. As a result of being part of the nightclub dances, there is a lot less structure in terms of steps and syllabi. It is not uncommon to see social dancers combine moves from one of these dances into another.
It is important to note that while these dances have similarities they are not included in the Latin or Rhythm Category even though they have origins and continue to be danced in Latin America.