About the Dance
Back in the 1960's, at the the Copa Cabana in New York, Mambo had risen in popularity with ballroom dancers. Latin-Americans were worried that Mambo was losing touch of it's culture, & so they developed SALSA. Much like the dish it's named after, salsa is a beautiful, rich blend of unique flavors with strong roots in many cultures, fusing Afro-Caribbean rythims (such as Guaguanco, Guaracha, Son Montuno, Bomba, Plena, & Aquilnaldos) with North American Jazz. This multi-cultural mix has something for everyone & quickly took the world by storm. Not only can you now find Latin nights in clubs around the globe, phenomenal salsa bands have also emerged everywhere from France, Greece, & Scotland to Japan, & even Saudi Arabia!
Salsa music comes in a variety of styles. Classic salsa & salsa dura pack a festive punch with driving rhythms & deep socially conscience lyrics, while salsa romanticas, which became popular in the 80's, are generally softer ballad-like love songs. Salsa music of any style can be danced On1, On2, or even On3. These are timing changes that give a different flavor. We mainly teach On1, which is the most popular here in Florida. Some places, like New York, primarily dance On2, while others are about 50/50 On1 & On2. Dancing On3, originally developed to feel slower for senior citizens, is less common. Whichever timing you start with, we recommend getting comfortable with it before attempting the others; timing changes get confusing fast when you're new, but are an easy adjustment later on.
We also teach Rueda de Casino Salsa. Casino (Cuban style) & Cumbia (Columbian style) are danced On1 but are much more circular, while LA & NY Styles are both very linear & maintain what's called a slot.
A Few Recommended Artists:
Adalberto Santa Rosa, Benny More, Bobby Cruz...
Sundays @ Avondale Dance Directions
1080 Edgewood Ave S
Whether you're brand new to salsa, or just want to strengthen your foundation & improve your technique, this is where to start!
Fun Progressive 4 Week Program
All the Basics
Everything You Need to Hit the Dance Floor!
We can't stress enough how important a good foundation is, & this program is jam-packed with great tips & technical details. Many students - even advanced dancers - love retaking this class to really fortify their skills. Hence, we're adding an alternative ending for those dedicated students!
Cross Body Leads
New Yorkers, & More