Learn salsa with us every Tuesday 7:30pm- 9:00pm
All levels are welcome! Click HERE for schedule.
BEGINNERS GUIDE FOR
Welcome to Your new Journey!
Little bit about Salsa origins.
Salsa is a popular form of social dance originating from Eastern Cuba, Spanish (European) and African cultures. Salsa means “sauce”, “spice” in Spanish which represents a lot of Latin influences and jazz elements. There are a lot of different salsa styles, from Cuba, Colombia, Miami, Casino Rueda, Los Angeles, New York, Puerto Rico. Here you will be introduce with Los Angeles style. LA style is danced strictly on 1. The basic step is done to a quick-quick-slow, quick-quick-slow rhythm on beats 1-2-3, 5-6-7 of an 8 count. On beats 4 and 8, no additional steps are taken. That’s why counts 4 and 8 are considered the “slow” portion of salsa rhythm. On 1 is danced in a slot \ line, using elements of various North American and stage dances. This helps prevent dancers from hitting other couples on a crowded dance floor.
PREPARING FOR THE FIRST CLASS
We hope you are excited about your first class.
Feeling little nervous is normal, so being patient on yourself is a must.
1. What to wear: Wear something comfortable, that will give you flexibility on movements and won’t get stock on your way. Make sure you wear shoes that provides good ankle support, with smooth and slippery bottom .
2. Come clean and smelling fresh! Have a deodorize ant and breath mints close by. Remember you will be very close with other students, and they will appreciate your efforts. We have towels and water fountain if needed.
3. Learning to dance take a lot of efforts and constancy of repetitions, so give yourself time for it. Remember each person have their own ability to learn according their experiences in life, so do not compare yourself with other students.
4. Most important – Have fun and grow your confidence!
BASIC SALSA SYLLABUS
1. Home position
A) Close position
B) Open position
A) Forward Basic
B) Back Basic
3. Side steps
4. Side and cross steps
5. Cucaracha steps
6. Cumbia steps
7. Right Turn
8. Left turn
9. Spot turn
10. Open break
11. Cross body lead
12. Cross body lead with turn
13. Reverse Cross body lead.
14. Hummer lock
Those are main syllabus that will be used during class so keep listing and learning for easy direction. As a footwork practice everyone will be starting with forward basic. Once partner up leader/men will start with forward basic, while follower/lady will start with back basic.