Salsa Dance

Salsa dance was developed in response to salsa music.  Salsa dance has many interpretations or “styles” and can be danced accentuating different beats in the music.  Traditionally in Salsa Dance the Man is the Leader and the Woman is the Follower.  In salsa dance the dancer uses two measures of the music to complete one cycle in their basic dance.  Dance floor etiquette, timing, basic foot work, full and half turns, ‘cross body leads’, and useful salsa dance patterns.  I believe anyone can and should learn to Salsa dance.

Salsa is a very popular dance and is a mixture of various elements: Rumba, Mambo and Cha Cha.  The most universal basic steps for Salsa starts with a tap left on the first beat, a step forward on the same foot, a rock back onto the right foot and the sequence is finished by stepping back left to close.  The salsa is one of the main dances in both Cuba and Puerto Rico and is known world-wide. Salsa Dancing is cultural and social; it benefits health, fitness and lifestyle

Salsa is usually a partner dance, although there are recognized solo steps and some forms are danced in groups of couples, with frequent exchanges of partner.  Solo salsa steps are called “Shines”, a term taken from Tap dancing.  The basic step typically uses three steps each measure.  The Break Step is important in most styles of salsa.  First, the break step occurs on the same beat and each measure which allows the partners to establish a connection and a common ground regarding the timing and size of steps.  Secondly the break step is used in an open break to build arm tension and allow certain steps to be led.

Improvisation and social dancing are important elements of Salsa dancing. It is a very fun performance dance to watch.  You do not need partners or experience to be dancing in your very first lesson. You will learn how to isolate your body and add styling while dancing with a partner.  However, you need to be aware that different teachers will teach different methods and there is a possibility that the people you meet outside of classes might have a slightly different way of dancing or might hear the music differently.

You will quickly learn fun and simple dance patterns that include both ladies and men’s turns, along with arm and leg styling.  What you will find is that learning to dance is a fun and exciting hobby that, not only builds confidence, but is also a great source of exercise. In addition to your lessons both the male and female, will learn the fundamental principles of partnering. You will enjoying learning the art and fundamentals of proper leading or following with ease, style, and confidence while having the time of your life.

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