“Salsa dancing is so easy, even a dog can do it!” Okay, maybe a salsa instructor has never said that to you before, but it’s (kind of) true. Salsa dancing is by no means easy, but the rhythms are so addictive it can certainly seem like everybody (two- or four-legged!) can’t help but dance to it. Anyone who’s seen the Modern Family episode where Jay wants to learn to salsa dance and Manny shows him a pig pulling off moves may have headed straight to YouTube to find the cutest salsa dancing animals.
Miss that episode? Don’t worry. We’ve put together the best Latin dancing animals with links and descriptions for your viewing pleasure. The next time you think you’ll never be able to master a particular move, look to your furry friends for motivation. After all, if a Chihuahua can do it, you certainly can!
Big-eared dog pulls off some serious shine. Sometimes you have to sing for your supper—and dance for entrance to your own home. This kind of smooth, flawless side to side motion is perfect shine for men who want to let the ladies have the spotlight. Of course, with ears that big, there’s no way all eyes won’t be on you.
Chihuahua gets back to his Mexican roots. There’s no way this dog doesn’t know exactly what he’s doing. Stuart the Chihuahua has danced his way into the hearts of many, and perhaps uses these moves to woo the ladies. He looks more comfortable on two legs than four, and is encouraged by his owners’ whoops to keep moving.
Spider shows off what an eight-legged shine looks like. (For those who are spider squeamish, the good stuff starts at minute 2:15—and he’s so adorable, arachnophobia takes a backseat). Sure, it’s a mating dance, but put it to some tango and suddenly you realize just how suave spiders can be in their Latin dances. It’s up to the males to showboat with dancing to lure a female close. Kind of like machismo on the dance floor, sometimes it really does work!
Lab demonstrates merengue on the Wendy Williams Show. Carrie can dance with the best of them, all while wearing a frilly green skirt. She loves dancing the merengue with her owner-partner and isn’t afraid to pull off some dips, too! Considering dogs allegedly have the intelligence of a four-year-old human, showing your little one Carrie’s dance moves might be just the boost they need to start Latin dance classes.
Cute dog keeps the rhythm. As a lead, one of the most important jobs you have is to keep the rhythm for your partner. That won’t be any trouble at all with this adorable dog as your dance partner. As an added bonus, it’s a surefire way to get your owner to let you out of your pen. Use it as inspiration the next time you’re not sure if you can keep up with the beat for one more song!
Pig knows how to “work.” Alright, it isn’t salsa dancing, but for those of you who love to mix in a little Zumba with your Latin dance, let this pig offer a little inspiration. He knows how to twerk to Rihanna, keeping perfect rhythm all while keeping an eye on his enraptured audience. You haven’t seen “Work” like this before.
Latin dancing is truly a universal passion and language that knows no bounds—not even when it comes to species! Animals are innately cute, and when their instincts are matched with the right music, sheer magic happens. If you have any pets of your own, try experimenting and seeing what they think of your salsa moves. You just might discover a brand new partner who might not look like a salsa pro, but may surprise you with their moves and mutual love of your favorite salsa music.