How To Salsa Like A Pro

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Welcome to Salsa 100, the most complete Salsa dance syllabus in the market today. It is designed for anyone desiring to learn how to dance to Salsa music. After learning all the 100 steps and the technique that comes with them, you will be able to rhythmically express yourself with any Salsa music, and most importantly, dance with any partner at any level. No more sitting in the corner and watching others having fun dancing. The tables can be reversed if you make Salsa 100 your mentor and teacher for your salsa journey.

Salsa 100 has 100 steps divided in five groups and 10 levels.

1- Newcomer Group : Level-1 and Level-2 ; steps 1-20

2- Beginner Group : Level-3 and Level-4 ; steps 21-40

3- Intermediate Group : Level-5 and Level-6 ; steps 41-60

4- Advanced Group : Level-7 and Level 8 ; steps 61-80

5- Master Group : Level 9 and Level-10 ; steps 81-100 GROUP DESCRIPTION

1- The Newcomer group, which includes level 1 and level 2 is from steps No1 to No20. This group covers all types of Salsa basics and Underarm Turns, and an introduction to Cross body Lead, open break, and Hammerlocks as well as some basic technique that will help you understand the music and leading/following. This is the most important group because you cannot build a beautiful house without a strong foundation, and that’s what learning the basic elements does for you.

2- The Beginner Group, which includes level 3 and level 4, is from steps No21 to No40. This is the continuation of the newcomer group and the introduction of new elements such as three step turn, back spot, cuddle, peek-a-boo, copa, swivel, visual lead, hand changed behind the back…etc and lots more.

3- The Intermediate Group, which includes level 5 and level 6, is from from steps No41 to No60. This is the development of all the beginner figures with the introduction of double left and right turns, foot change, sweetheart, and quick spin.

4- The Advanced Group, which includes level 7 and level 8, is from steps No61 to No80. This is the development of some of the intermediate level figures and introduction to new concept of solo figures, as well as the application of some of the solo figures with a partner.

5- The Master Group, which includes level 9 and level 10, is from steps No81 to No100. This group has more intricate figures with introduction of syncopated footwork, toe heel cross, continuous spin, dip, lunge, leg wrap…etc

So don’t wait any longer, join our Salsa-100 course today and start your journey to becoming a confident and skilled salsa dancer. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll learn, and how much fun you’ll have along the way.

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What Will You Learn?

  • In this Salsa course, students will learn 100 steps divided into 5 groups and 10 levels, ranging from basic steps to advanced techniques.
  • Along with these steps, students will also learn the proper technique, musicality, and leading/following skills required for Salsa dancing.
  • By the end of the course, students will have the ability to express themselves rhythmically and confidently dance with any partner at any level, making them a sought-after Salsa dancer in any social setting.

Course Content

Salsa 100- Mastery
Are you ready to add some excitement to your life? Do you want to learn how to move to the vibrant rhythms of Salsa music and connect with others on the dance floor? Look no further than Salsa 100! Our comprehensive Salsa dance syllabus is designed for anyone who wants to learn how to dance to Salsa music. With 100 steps divided into five groups and ten levels, our program covers all the basics, intermediate and advanced techniques, and solo figures you need to become a skilled and confident Salsa dancer. Whether you're a complete newcomer to Salsa or a seasoned dancer looking to refine your skills, our expert instructors will guide you every step of the way. You'll learn foundational moves like underarm turns, cross body leads, and open breaks in the Newcomer Group before progressing to more advanced steps like foot changes, sweetheart, and quick spin in the Intermediate Group. In the Advanced Group, you'll be introduced to new concepts like solo figures and how to apply them with a partner. And in the Master Group, you'll master intricate footwork like syncopated steps, toe heel crosses, and leg wraps that will leave your audience in awe. But Salsa 100 isn't just about learning the steps. We'll also teach you the technique you need to understand the music and lead and follow your partner with confidence and grace. With our program, you'll be able to express yourself rhythmically and connect with others on the dance floor like never before. So what are you waiting for? Join Salsa 100 today and discover the joy and excitement of Salsa dancing. With our comprehensive syllabus and expert instructors, you'll be dancing like a pro in no time!

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Introduction To Salsa
Salsa Dancing This fun and energetic dance is the most popular of all the Latin dances because it is easy to learn and is fantastic for all ages and dancing abilities. Salsa dancing has many fast turns, exciting footwork, rhythmic hip movements, and lively music. History of Salsa Dancing Salsa dancing has an intricate and debated history that very much mirrors the development of its counterpart, salsa music. The term “salsa” was created in New York in the 1960’s and is now used to describe both the popular style of music and it’s matching dance. Salsa, meaning “sauce,” conveys feelings of spicing things up and enlivening the moment. The nickname once referred to an assortment of different music including Charanga, Cumbia, Plena, Bomba, Guaracha, Mambo, Festejo, Meregnue, Rhuma, Són Montuno, Cha cha cha, Danzón, Són, Guguanco, Cubop, Guajira, and others. Some of the styles of music have maintained their distinctive individuality while others were mixed, creating salsa. As musicians from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico and South America came to New York to perform, they collaborated their native musical styles. They also incorporated in American Jazz influences. These musicians traveled back and forth between their home countries and New York with their newfound musical fusion hence generating different styles of salsa music in different places. Even today, Cuban, New York, Colombian, and Puerto Rican salsa all have their own distinctive sounds. During the 1940s and 50s, Cuban musicians played a big role on the development of music in New York. They heavily shaped the sound of salsa music until Fidel came to power. When diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States fell out, the U.S. prohibited Cubans from traveling to the United States and banned Cuban recordings from receiving airtime in the States. As Cubans became shut out of the U.S., Puerto Ricans and NuYoricans (New Yorkers of Puerto Rican descent) took on the New York music scene. Puerto Ricans embodied a classic polished sound following jazz structure and showcasing lengthy instrumental solos. Much like salsa music, salsa dancing developed through various collaborations and cultural influences. It too has grown and taken on distinctive styles that vary by region. Born of Latin and Afro-Caribbean roots, the dance is now celebrated all over the world and has varied defining characteristics most notably in Puerto Rico, Cuba, and New York. While salsa dancing did not stem from a specific person or region, a significant part of the dance originated in Cuba. The French who came to Cuba fleeing Haiti brought their country dance, Danzón to Cuba. This dance mixed with African rumbas like the Guaguanco, Yambú, and Colombia as well as a Cuban dance called the Són which blended Spanish guitar and African rhythms. This hybridizing phenomenon also happened in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico on a smaller scale. Some will claim that salsa is Puerto Rican. Others say the dance is Cuban. Some suggest that it’s a New York creation. While the detailed history of salsa dancing is often debated, most will agree that salsa dancing is a North American interpretation of a dance based in Afro-Latin roots. Salsa Dancing Today Today it’s possible to see the many different styles of dancing and music that merged to create modern salsa dancing in Orange County and the rest of the world. Salsa dancing socials are commonly held in nightclubs, bars, restaurants, ballrooms, and festivals. The dance is so popular that it can be found in metropolitan cities on an international scale. In recent years, salsa festivals have become very prevalent in the dance scene. Festivals can include Salsa competitions, instructional dance workshops, live salsa music, and open dance socials. They also often feature neighboring social Latin dances such as Cha cha cha, Bachata, Kizomba, and Merengue. Annual festivals, called Salsa Congresses, are hosted every year in large cities and aim to attract a plethora of salsa dancers from other cities and countries. Salsa Congresses give Salseros the opportunity to grow as dancers, share their passion for the dance, exchange moves and tips, network, and build the salsa dance community. One can also easily find Salsa vacations, cruises and get-aways for dance fanatics. Today within the United States, New York and Los Angeles are considered the top cities for salsa dancing. Both sides of the nation host large salsa dance communities, and each has developed its own unique characteristics. New York salsa dancing is largely influenced by residing NuYoricans and the fast flash footwork of Puerto Rico. New Yorkers’ dance movements emphasize efficiency, elegance, control, precision of timing, and body isolation technique. Dancers enjoy complex tightly woven patterns and also showcase the Latin Hustle influence left over from the disco craze of the 70s and early 80s. New York dancers dance on the 2, which means that their starting step and their breaking step start on the second count of the measure. It’s synchronized with the accented slap of the pattern played on the conga drums known as the tumbao. Los Angeles, salsa dancing is noted for it’s emphasized sensuousness, theatricality, acrobatics, dips, tricks, and spins. The dance aims to impress and dazzle. LA dancers often dance “suelto” or perform “shines” within a dance. “Shining” is when a couple breaks away from each other in the middle of a song and gets their solo dancing on. Unlike New York Salsa, LA dancers move on the one. They are also known for using cross-body leads, a movement where partners exchange positions in a counter-clockwise direction. This lends to the circular nature of Los Angeles dancers where movement keeps its momentum. Orange County (and New York) salseros adopt “slot” dance etiquette where dancing pairs avoid traveling and stay in a more compact position. Salsa Music “El Tu Tun de Tu Corazon” Orquestra la palabra “Lloraras” Oscar D’Leon “Vivir Lo Nuestro” Marc Anthony and La India “El Gran Varon” Willie Colon “Celebracion” Eddie Santiago “Ando Por Las Nubes” Victor Manuelle “Ella Lo Que Quiere Es Salsa” Victor Manuelle “Me Libere” El Gran Combo “Ran Kan Kan” Tito Puente “Si Tu Me Besas” Victor Manuelle “Sin Salsa Nay Hay Paraiso” El Gran Combo “Valio La Pena” Marc Anthony “La Vida es un Carnival” Celia Cruz “Lluvia” Eddie Santiag “Acuyuye” DLG “Thinking of You” Lenny Kravitz “Mi Cali” Alberto Garcia “Dance City” Eddie Torres “Fragile” StingHector Lavoe “Vivir Mi Vida” Marc Anthony “La Comay” Sonora Carruseles “No es Fácil, que No que No” Los Van Van (Songo) “Descarga de Hoy” Cubanismo “Aqui el que Baila Gana” Los Van Van (Songo)

Social Dance Scene
Here are some resources for finding salsa parties and clubs: This website has a comprehensive list of salsa events and clubs around the world. You can search by city, state or country to find salsa events near you. Facebook Groups: Search for local salsa dance groups on Facebook. Often, groups will post information about upcoming events and parties. This website has a variety of salsa dance groups that organize events and parties. Salsa Festivals: There are many salsa festivals held throughout the year in various cities around the world. These festivals usually include workshops, performances, and social dancing. Salsa Clubs: Look for local salsa clubs that host regular salsa nights or events. These clubs often have a mix of beginner and advanced dancers, so don't be intimidated if you're just starting out. Remember to always check the dress code and age restrictions before attending any salsa event or club. And most importantly, have fun and enjoy the music and dancing!