Master moves from the popular TV show by exploring their origins in these Caribbean and South American destinations.

Who hasn't been inspired to brush off their dancing shoes and trip the light fantastic after watching Strictly Come Dancing? And with the series in full swing, now could be the time to do it.

While many of us seem to struggle with rhythm, Latinos are inherently good dancers, and some of the most impressive movers can be found from the Caribbean right down to the tip of South America. Plan a trip to one of these countries to witness masters at work - and hone a few skills of your own.

1. Embrace the elegance of tango

Where: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Fuelled by passion and romance, tango is the perfect reflection of its birthplace, Buenos Aires. From professional stage shows, to musical performances and tango-themed cafes, hotels and museums, there are many ways to experience it. Visit in August to see the world's best tango dancers in action at the two-week International Tango Festival and World Cup. If learning complicated moves sounds like too much hard work, go to one of the many milongas - social gatherings where couples go to dance. For all the latest tango news, classes and experiences visit

2. Discover the roots of salsa, rumba and son

Where: Havana, Cuba

From sexy salsa to slow and sensual son, dance is in every Cuban's DNA. In Havana, watch bands performing on street corners, couples swaying in doorways and kids busting moves along the Malecon - an esplanade stretching 8km along the coast. It's impossible not to get swept up in the magic and romance of it all; even if you can't master the moves, the rhythmic, pulsing music is infectious. Delve into the destination with Cubania Travel's seven-night Hip Havana, exploring the city's music, dance and cultural scene. From £949 per person, including airport transfers, B&B accommodation, five lunches and three dinners and activities. Visit

3. Get swept up in the energy of samba

Where: Rio, Brazil

Samba is all about fast footwork, flowing hips and beating steel drums - and it's never more at home than on the streets of Rio during carnival season. An unforgettable maelstrom of colour, feathers and sequins, the February parades showcases some of the most impressive samba dancers - both on the floats and in the spectating crowds. LATA member Original Travel offers a tailor-made 11-day holiday during carnival season, including grandstand seats at a samba parade, a trip to the Iguacu Falls and a beach stay in Buzios. From £6,335 per person including flights, accommodation and transfers. Visit

4. Sizzle into a salsa sweat

Where: Cali, Colombia

Santiago de Cali is the capital of salsa, with more than 200 salsa schools, 80 or so salsa orchestras and a year-round programme of salsa events. Coinciding with Christmas, the biggest festival is the Cali Feria (December 25-30), with parades, parties and 7,000 performers. But visitors coming at other times of year can watch hips swivel at the city's Delirio cabaret club (Parque del Amor) - where dance, spectacle and acrobatics collide. Anyone moved by the mood can learn the basics at salsa schools such as Sondeluz. A one-hour one-on-one class with a bilingual instructor costs from around £11. Visit

5. Discover the communities celebrating candombe

Where: Buenos Aires, Argentina

With its origins in Africa and its home on the streets of Buenos Aires, this rhythmic marching dance follows the beat of the drum. Although originating from Uruguay (via Angola), it's now popular in Buenos Aires. Several neighbourhoods have their own candombe dance troupes called comparsas. The Kimba comparsa practises most Sunday evenings in Parque Centenario in the Caballito neighbourhood, and several groups practise in the streets of San Telmo on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. For more information, visit

6. Melt into the merengue

Where: Dominican Republic

A combination of fast footwork and swaying hips make this two-step sensual dance mesmerising to watch. Combing the French Minuet with a dance created by African slaves, it was declared the national dance of the Dominican Republic, and there's even a Merengue Day on November 26. Couples wanting to learn the choreography can do so as part of an all-inclusive package at the Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine Hotel in Bavaro. The adults-only property runs regular classes for guests, who can slip in some steps between sunbathing sessions. A seven-night trip with flights from London starts from £979 per person. Visit