(1) Afro-Cuban, Brazilian or other South American-derived. There are many special terms used in Latin music and I haven't tried to include them here. (2) Played with equal eighth notes as opposed to swung (see swing def. 2). Also 'straight-8'. The feel of bossa novas and sambas.
A subset of the International Style of Ballroom Dancing which includes Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, and Jive.
As applied to dances, the term has two meanings. Latin dances is category of dances in International Style ballroom competitions. It is also called Latin American category. It includes Samba, Rumba, Cha-cha-cha, Paso Doble, Jive. This category loosely corresponds to the Rhythm category of American Style ballroom. Latin dance is any of social dances of Latin American origin.