'Salsa' Dance Articles


"The Salsa Revolution" Documentary

Posted on over 7 years ago
"The Salsa Revolution" Documentary

You just have to admire what PBS does for the community and the public. I was excited to find out, through a Facebook ad (who would've thought), that PBS will be having a documentary about history and culture of Latin Music in the USA. Not only will they air the documentary episodes on TV, but they are making them available for viewing online through the PBS.org website starting October 13, 2009. Their first chapter will focus on the birth of what is called 'Boogaloo' and how it ties to the "The Salsa Revolution" in chapter 2. They plan to go through some of the history of Willie Coln and Hector Lavoe and the growth of Fania Records during this episode. Fania Records was the record label started by the famous Johnny Pacheco, that helped salsa music acquire a taste in the United States. I recommend everyone to check out their preview and site since they have a lot of content including salsa music, bonus videos and interviews (see sidebar on the website for more sections)....




America's Got Talent: Junior and Emily bring Salsa Dance to TV

Posted on over 8 years ago
America's Got Talent: Junior and Emily bring Salsa Dance to TV

Will salsa dancing finally rise from the underground to hit mainstream television? Shows like Dancing with the stars and So You Think You Can Dance have been on the rise, but even in these popular dance shows, salsa gets a brief cameo at best. So what, or who, would it take for salsa dancing to arrive to our TV screens in mainstream media?...




Salsa Artist of the Week: Cheo Feliciano

Posted on almost 9 years ago
Salsa Artist of the Week: Cheo Feliciano

At just 20 years old, the "bandboy" for Tito Rodriguez was invited to the stage to sing. With the songs "Chang t ven" and Barito", he left the crowd of all of New York's best dancers in awe. This is how Jos "Cheo" Feliciano Vega first became known publicly, though his musical development had been long in progress. He began in a school of music in Puerto Rico, and then continued to study music when his family moved to New York in 1952. Inspired by artists like Frank "Machito" Mon Rivera, Tito Puente, and Tito Rodriguez, Cheo took a special interest in the percussion instruments, though he would eventually be most famous for his voice.<br/><br/>Cheo went on to join Joe Cuba's sextet. With the sextet for a decade, Cheo sung many of the sextet's now famous songs, such as "Salsa y bemb", "Callejero", "Cachondea", "A las seis", "El ratn" (see below), and "el pito", which was used in a Coca Cola ad....




Salsa Music : Free Salsa Music Trumpet Solo

Posted on about 9 years ago
Salsa Music : Free Salsa Music Trumpet Solo

After you get a Mac, a lot of fun things happen. I decided to put my compusic (computer+music) skills to some more good use an make a few interesting Salsa tracks with a program called GarageBand. While I was at it, I made three different versions of this salsa dance soundtrack. Here is the first one: an interesting salsa music trumpet solo with some mixed in jazzy piano, cowbell and congas. Let me know what you think and of course - enjoy!...




Salsa Fusion: Masacote Dance Company

Posted on about 9 years ago
Salsa Fusion: Masacote Dance Company

One of my favorite things about salsa dancing is the diversity of all the various kinds of dance that can be incorporated into the basic framework provided by salsa. In this series, I am going to share several videos that showcase the fusion of salsa with other styles of dance. <br/>The first video in this series comes from Masacote Dance Company from Boston, MA. For those of you who have not heard of Masacote, their leader, Joel Massicot, is both a musician and a dancer. He has a latin/salsa band called Ritmo Masacote. The goal of Masacote Dance Company is to bridge the gap between music and dance; Joel teaches his famous musicality workshop throughout the world.<br/>This performance is entitled "Afterlife", and was performed at Flava Invasion 3 on Feb 23rd, 2008. The routine is a mix of salsa with modern and contemporary dance elements. Enjoy!...




Salsa Email: What is the best way to take salsa to the next level?

Posted on about 9 years ago
Salsa Email: What is the best way to take salsa to the next level?

Dear Addicted2Salsa, <br/> Love your blog &amp; podcast! <br/> So I have a question for you: What is the best way to learn to salsa? I have been dancing salsa for several months now, and mostly Ive just been going to different clubs, and picking up moves from various salsa lessons. I feel like Ive learned the basics, and I know a few combos now, but I still feel pretty nervous about stepping onto the dance floor. <br/> So what is the best way to take my salsa to the next level? Private lessons seem pretty pricey, but is that the best bet? Should I invest in salsa videos? Or is the best way to just keeping going out to the clubs? <br/> Salsaholic <br/>Thanks for writing Addicted2Salsa! I am Julie, the co-host, and had some ideas to share about the salsa learning process.<br/><br/>I'm a big believer in moderation. Classes will provide your technique, knowledge of footwork and combos, and maybe correct errors you've developed (if the instructor gives personalized attention). Social dancing trains your ear to the music, enables you to adapt to different followers/leaders, and expands your social network (so you can improve by dancing with better dancers). If you put in the effort, you can improve quite a bit social dancing...but it cannot be a passive process. You have to really listen to the beats of the music, and carefully observe dancers who are better than you to watch their combinations, footwork, technique, and style. If you do all of this, AND take group classes, you will improve. As with everything, frequency will improve you at a much faster rate, so going out four nights per week is better than two, and classes with different instructors helps to see different methods of teaching.........




SantoRico Performs "Gangsta"

Posted on about 9 years ago
SantoRico Performs "Gangsta"

Stumbling upon youtube videos again, one of our friends found this great performance by the Santo Rico dance team. I may not have mentioned them in a while, but here is a great find. They are some of the most amazing spinners you will ever see in performances throughout the world. One thing to notice, for us technical dancers, is that the men have a very unique prep that is circular, compared to the 'double-J' prep to lead multiple turns. Regardless, this is a must watch video for us looking for inspiration....




So You Think You Can Dance Recap - NOO!

Posted on over 9 years ago
So You Think You Can Dance Recap - NOO!

I just can't believe it! My two favorite dancers out of the bunch got voted off. I was thinking I would at least have one of my favorites in the finals (well, maybe Sabra) but man - Pasha and Lauren! Feels like a nightmare and a bad "Laguna Beach" episode. I'm assuming you've been keeping up with the show, otherwise this will be over your head....




Salsa Dancing : Your Brain on Dancing

Posted on over 9 years ago
Salsa Dancing : Your Brain on Dancing

I found this article very interesting.... it explains why at the beginning of learning salsa, its difficult to multi task your motor skills. This is also scientific proof of why learning to follow is much easier than learning to lead... Learning to follow requires the use of the sense of touch (which according to the published research - the brain can easily handle because it is directly connected to the motor processing part of the brain). However leading requires the images of the actions (planning and forming motor actions) be kept in the leads head followed my multiple motor skill actions - which the brain cannot easily do at the same time. (it has to keep track of how the leads feet are placed, timing of music, planning the next move, how the move should look, the follows feet, the hands to lead the move...etc). It says that the reason we are able to do this is because by forcing our brain to perform all these activities repeatedly, it ends up turning all these different tasks into just one. So as an example, crossbody lead - instead of thinking, ok, step forward, step side, open up, lead the lady across, and come back together on 7 and basic step... we just think - cross-body lead (so we don't have to "plan" for a cross-body lead just let our muscles execute it) and our brain is then free to do 'other' things such as adding styling and flavor....




Salsa Musique Fantastique!

Posted on over 9 years ago
Salsa Musique Fantastique!

Well, in this episode of our salsa dance video lessons we take a further look some old salsa classics thanks to Karlos (aka 'Z'). We provide a little more jazzy selection for your enjoyment, so you can discover a variety of different salsa artists and styles. You might not like all the songs, but hopefully you'll find some treasures that will make you want to get to know a specific artist a little deeper....