In a nutshell, the Salsa/Mambo basic step is defined by a “quick-quick-slow” to the rhythm of the percussion.
The “break step” can be done on any of the 8-beats that of the music. In New York Style Salsa/Mambo, the break step occurs on the 2nd beat of the music, hence the name “On2”!
When you are not dancing with your partner, it’s time to shine! Traditionally called Shines, footworkwork is free-form musical expression that can be done while dancing alone or with partner. From the basic step to sliding across the dance floor, shines make up the essence of this dance.
Partner Work Classes:
An enjoyable and very popular part of salsa/mambo is Partner Work. In Partner Work class, you will learn everything you need to confidently and gracefully lead or follow a partner on the dance floor. In the class, you will rotate and practice with different students so no need to worry about bringing a partner- just your dance shoes!
Still curious? Here is some of the history of Salsa..
To Salsa Classic (or Salsa Viejia), we generally mean the sauce produced “up” in the late 70’s, early 80’s max, to go back up to the real origins of Salsa (30s-40s) when the songs of African blacks imported from the colonies (mostly belonging to the tribes Joruba), mingled with the Spanish music of the Latin American colonies. Hence, the Afro-Cuban music and the first genres such as Salsa Rumba and Son (or Montuno).
Spare Sauce those years are characterized by a very strong musical structure, and energy, able to touch you inside, as resume if the rhythms of the body that we alone are not able to hear!
This energy comes mainly from the influence of African rhythms, as well as the texts, which often praising deities like to pray (often feel appoint Babalu, god of the earth, Yemaya, goddess of the sea, or Chango …) or are based on scenes from everyday life, street life (Salsa del barrio of course), or social problems (true and proper musical groups dedicated as “Protest” by Tony Pabon, or “The Cospiracion,” and many others).
It ‘s all very strong pace and content … shortly after that you listen you can not go wrong!
‘s songs you can recognize an introductory slower, a central theme and a final part where usually tends to accelerate the pace, giving much emphasis on percussion, the trumpet or the piano. The supreme example of this kind of sauce is Guaguancò, but there are also Chac Cha Cha or Descarga or Boogaloo, all of which are derivations of Mambo, just born in the 70s, when the Latin-American open to the influences of modern NY and Latin Jazz.
Other musical genres derived instead from the original branch of the Cuban son montuno, are the Charanga (commonly known as Danzon), the Pachanga or Guajira, whose pace is less frenetic and are characterized by the use of stringed instruments like the violin, plucked guitar or flute.
Salsa Classical absolutely not aimed at an audience of romantics … indeed, it is often turn to the definition of “Tough” because of its rapid pace and content toast!
From the 80s onwards, there is a new evolution of the sauce with the introduction of instruments such as drums and electric pianos, the arrival of the singers and melodic themes of love, and begins the era of Salsa Romantica … that endures to this day. Here’s a little diagram that summarizes the birth and the ages of the various genres.