Dancing with Jennifer Lopez

"I love the sound of Salsa music"

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez dances Salsa

Jennifer Lopez known as JLo, a singer, movie star and one of the most beautiful women in the cinema according to different rankings is actually a fan of Salsa! Jennifer knows how to move and dance. At the end of the "Inside the Actor's Studio" show, James Lipton asked Jennifer what was her favorite sound? I love the sound of salsa music she answered. This show was also a great opportunity to see Jennifer dancing Salsa live!

Interview with Jennifer Lopez at "Inside the Actor's Studio" show: I love the sound of Salsa music and Salsa dance with her fan

May be it was Jennifer’s roots from Puerto Rico, that fulfilled her with the passion for music and dancing, anyway, she always tried to combine and merge dancing with her life and career. At some point JLo tries to mix the salsa motives in her performance. Which has a great influence on her. For example, we can see JLo dancing Salsa on the stage, too! At Eurovision that Jennifer attended in 2013, her performance was called Oda to Salsa. She made some Salsa dance moves during the show. Of course, it wasn’t a complete Salsa dance, because her main focus was singing rather than dancing. But even here we can see her desire to dance!

Oda to Salsa, Jennifer Lopez performance at Eurovision 2013

It’s also interesting to watch the short clip with interview and some scenes how Jennifer Lopez prepared for this performance and does the dance practice sessions.

Interview choreographer of Jennifer Lopez and see her practice session

One of her solo dance performances on stage was probably at the American Idol show, Season 10 Finale, held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, Calif, where Marc Anthony performed his rendition of Héctor Lavoe’s “Aguanile” and Jennifer Lopez performed hot as a dancer.

Jennifer performs hot Latin-American dance at “American Idol” show

Jennifer Lopez and Dancing with the Stars

Many of us would ask if Jennifer participated at Dancing with the Stars TV show. The answer is no. Unfortunately, she never joined the show, but if she would we are sure it would be very exciting and definitely she would win the first place!

Jennifer Lopez as professional ballroom dancer

Well, to be honest, JLo is not a world class dancer. But she played a great role as Paulina, a dance teacher, in a movie “Shall we dance?”. In this movie Jennifer could fulfill her desire to dance – she performed all the Latin-American dances from Salsa to Tango and Waltz. Besides, she had a great partner – handsome Richard Gere.

Jennifer Lopez dances Tango with Richard Gere
Jennifer shows how to dance Waltz, scene from the “Shall we dance?” movie

What types of dances can Jennifer perform?

Jennifer has Latin roots. Her ancestors came to the USA from Puerto Rico. Probably that's the reason why she loves Latin dances. We are sure she can dance almost anything, see her playing a game with Ellen (at The Ellen DeGeneres Show). Ellen shows a dance card, one by one, that Jennifer must perform, so that Ellen can guess what the name of the dance. It’s really funny!

Jennifer Lopez plays a guess the dance game with Ellen

On stage JLo sings active songs and dances actively with passion. Her training is quite harsh and difficult. Every star as JLo and Madonna have their own dance studio - a private place with dance floor that is closed for the public where they do dance practice, take dance lessons from choreographers, being creative and try to think of new effective dance moves. It's a place where she trains with her crew or teammates - people who get involved and must dance synchronously with Jennifer.

Jennifer Lopez red background poster

Dancing biography of Jennifer Lopez

Born in the USA, Jennifer’s parents were from Puerto Rico. As a child, she enjoyed a variety of musical genres, mainly Afro-Caribbean rhythms like Salsa, Merengue and Bachata, and mainstream music like pop, hip-hop and R&B.

Jennifer started her dancing career as a teen in stage musicals. She took part in tours in Europe (in Golden Musicals of Broadway) and Japan (in Synchronicity). Then at age sixteen, she appeared in the movie, My Little Girl (1986).

After graduating from High School, Lopez attended one semester at Baruch College in New York City studying law, but Jennifer’s first love was dancing.

When she heard about scholarships to a dance school in Manhattan, she went for it. At the same time she was taking full time courses in Baruch and taking her dance classes. Eventually this lead to a falling out with her mother who didn’t want Jennifer to keep dancing and giving up studying to become a lawyer. So Jen moved out the house without having anywhere to stay, she moved into the building where she took dance classes. She financed singing and dancing lessons for herself from the age of nineteen. After attending College, Lopez divided her time between dance classes, and dance performances in Manhattan night clubs. She spent months auditioning for dance roles. Lopez was selected as a dancer for various rap music videos, and a 1990 episode of Yo! MTV Raps, and as a backup dancer for the New Kids on the Block and their performance of their song "Games" for the American Music Awards in 1991. In 1990, she won a national competition and earned a spot dancing as a "Fly Girl" dancer on the popular Fox comedy television comedy series program In Living Color from 1991–1993. Soon after, Lopez became a backup dancer for Janet Jackson and made an appearance in her 1993 video "That's the Way Love Goes".

Photo gallery of Jennifer Lopez

Most photos below are from the "Shall we dance" movie, others are from her on stage dance performances.

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