I’m sorry, you guys, but remixed pop songs absolutely count as Latin and it’s not a cop out.
As Tim Koleto said, “SD is almost always modeled intentionally after ballroom trends, and actually, the current trend for Latin is mostly remixed pop songs”
This is absolutely true.
I’ve competed samba to Sorry by Justin Bieber. We’re using Shape of You by Ed Sheeran in our formation number- this was chosen by a professional Latin dancer. I’ve competed rumba to remixed versions of All Of Me by John Legend and Gravity by Sara Bareilles, and at my last competition, there was a rumba to a remix of THE JURASSIC PARK THEME. My ballroom club likes Cake by the Ocean, Billie Jean, and the Ghostbusters theme as cha chas. Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars, Thinking Out Loud, and I Want It That Way by the Backstreet Boys are club favorite rumbas. Sorry, Shape of You, and Cheap Thrills are great sambas.
I’m always surprised at the number of people who are VEHEMENTLY OPPOSED to remixed pop songs as SDs, because that’s literally just how Latin works right now.
Personally, I’m happy about the diversity. Would you rather have 5000 Historia de un Amors and Batucadas in a row? No? I didn’t think so.
This is a rumba playlist by DJ Ice. It’s a bunch of remixed pop songs, for the most part, and these songs have been used at the majority of my competitions. They’re completely acceptable and often-used rumbas and I’ve never heard anyone complain about it.