Salsa Beginner 1 June-July
Dates: 6.6, 6.13, 6.20, 6.27, 7.4, 7.11
This six week intensive series covers the fundamentals of timing, rhythm, body movement, lead-follow connection, and basic step patterns and partner combinations. Students learn principles of Latin dance and musicality and how to incorporate this into Salsa dancing. Social dance practice with availability of one-on-one assistance is held at the end of each class. Music folder provided.
Class begins with a body movement warm-up. We teach Salsa step variations (aka "shines") and movement patterns across the floor and in rotating lines. In the second half of class we apply these step patterns and turns in partner format, where combinations are formed through the acquisition of lead-follow technique. Class ends with a 15 minute practice session, where repetition of moves, a relaxed environment, and individual assistance from instructors help students solidify their skills.
In Salsa, timing, rhythm and dance flow is cued to the dancer by layered Afro-percussion based orchestral style music. Lead and follow between partners is created through the frame, points of connection, and tension. The flavor of Salsa derives from a core of Afro-Cuban, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latin and Iberian music and dance forms, enhanced by contributions from cultural phenomena around the world, including jazz, ballroom and various styles of pop music. Salsa is ecumenical, inspiring, dynamic and accessible. Beginner Salsa will help you acquire the skills and sensibility necessary to survive on the dance floor, advance to higher levels, and form a basis for your own individual dance style.
Learning aids include syllabus, music folder and video.
Class size limit: 30. Partners rotate. Rotation not required for couples. Gender free: each student is free to learn the lead or follow role. New students register for Beginner 1. Beginner 2 for continuing students who have completed Beginner 1 or have instructor permission.
Non-students: $75 for series, $140 per couple, $15 drop-in.
Students: $63 for series, $116 per couple, $13 drop-in.