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Is there any difference between "bailar" and "danzar"?

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The meaning is the same but probably what changes is how it is applied. for example:

"Vamos a ir a bailar" -"Ella va a a clase" -"¿De qué? "-"De danza"

We (spanish speakers) usually use "danza" as the art, something with more structure and even more formal.

While "baile" is way more informal and it is the one we use as a verb. We usually don't say:

"Estoy danzando" we say "Estoy bailando"

At least here in Mexico

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It's the same in Spain, danzar is almost never used, we only use the noun danza as "the artistic dance". And never ever ask someone: "¿Quieres danzar conmigo?" ;) –  MikO Jun 7 '13 at 18:39
    
That's my experience in Mexico, as well. danzar is artistic or religious dancing. bailar is social dancing. –  Flimzy Jun 9 '13 at 3:47
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At least in most parts of LAT DANZAR(verb) is only for artistics purposes, for instace, people practicing classic dance, meanwhile the verb BAILAR is used for casual dance, I mean whatever rhythm people are dacing(salsa, merengue, tango, etc) perhaps a little different than english where you mostly use TO DANCE for everything related with this. If you are inviting a woman to dance in a party you better say: ¿QUIERES BAILAR?

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