The Conga



While everyone knows about the Conga Line, where dancers follow the leader in single file, in the mid-20th century, the Conga was also a partner dance.

As Leona Lehman (1961) explains, at the beginning of a Conga song, the dancers would dance the Conga in couples, then as the song progressed, a Conga line would form, and everyone would fall in single file behind the leader.

The Steps

Here are some of the basic steps of the Conga as a partner dance: And here are some variations of the Conga Line [AM38, AM42, AM44, AM47, MM52, JB53, BW60, LL61, LL62], as described by Leona Lehman (1961):

The Music

Here's a sampling of early Conga music:


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For more dance descriptions, see our three books on dancing:
The Book of Mixers: 100 Easy-Teach Dances for Getting Acquainted (2022) by Richard Powers and Nick & Melissa Enge,
Cross-Step Waltz: A Dancer's Guide (2019) by Richard Powers and Nick & Melissa Enge, and
Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living (2013) by Richard Powers and Nick Enge.

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