What is L.A. Salsa?
Salsa music has its roots in Cuban music, which is a mix of the European and African influences that merged in Cuba from the homelands of the Spanish Conquistadors and West African slaves. Before and around the time of World War 2, the music made its way to Mexico City and New York, where the term “Salsa”, which means “sauce”, was created. As the music has travelled from place to place, the style of salsa that has developed in each location has evolved to reflect the particularities of that place.
The L.A. style of salsa, so called as it developed in Los Angeles, is a linear style danced between two people. It is also known as “on 1” salsa, as the leader “breaks” on the 1st beat. To “break” means stepping forward and rocking back; or breaking the forward momentum. This style has been influenced by Hollywood and is known for its showiness, as well as for incorporating other dance styles, such as hip hop. Today this style can be seen on such popular shows as ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ due to its flashiness and sensuality. Dancers such as Alex Da Silva, Liz Lira, Johnny and Francisco Vazquez, are often credited with developing the L.A. style of dancing as we know it today.
What will I learn in the class?
In our classes, you will learn the basics of the L.A., or “on 1” style of salsa, moving progressively to more intricate turn patterns. We will also teach you the skills to be great dance leaders and dance followers – the key to being popular on the dance floor! To provide you with a personalised learning environment to achieve your dancing goals, enrolling in one of our courses also means you get access to supporting resources to help you progress your journey anytime, anywhere, at your own pace.
Engaging both old and young alike, this style is suitable no matter what your age! Whether your goal is to enjoy a great night out dancing with friends or to perform, our salsa classes will give you a solid foundation and the confidence to add your own personality to the dance floor.
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Cathy Bartch, “History of Salsa Dancing – The Origins of Salsa Dancing”, http://www.salsa-dancing-addict.com/history-of-salsa.html (accessed: 14/01/15).
Justsalsa.com web site, ““Origins of Salsa”, http://www.justsalsa.com/salsa/ (accessed: 14/01/15).