Latin American dance culture in the UK is the result of the cultural exchange between the two regions. The British Council has been instrumental in this cultural exchange. They have been financing visits of drama groups, musicians and art exhibitions to the Latin American countries. This has resulted in English becoming a common language in South America, and Latin American dance culture coming to the UK in its elemental form. During the military era of the 1960s and 1970s, many of Latin American artists and musicians sought refuge in the UK. Popular Brazilian musicians like Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso were moved by moves by the British to give them asylum. Many Chilean bands also came to the promising British country and flourished. This resulted in the local population taking up the Latin music and dance seriously. This gave way to the new culture of Salsa and Latino dance to become a part of the inclusive British culture. Over the years these art forms have taken deep roots in the theatre in London and other cities as well.
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