Salsa has roots in Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. When the French arrived in Haiti, they brought with them the country-dances of France and England. These dances made their way to Cuba, where they mixed with African rhumbas like the yambu, guaguanco and colombia. These mixtures were further influenced by the Cuban son music, a mix of African drumbeats and Spanish troubadour music.
Around the time of the Second World War, these dances moved into Mexico City and New York. It was there that the term â€œsalsaâ€ was first used to describe danceable Read the rest of this entry »
If you’ve been here and gotten your television through any of the major satellite providers, then you’ve probably seen shows like Dancing with the Stars. In these programs, you see the grueling training regimens these stars go through to perform before judges.
While there is a certain inherent technique, not everything that is the essence of dance can be taught. Everyone knows, whether they choose to acknowledge it or not, that the real secret of dancing comes from within.
Dancing is the ultimate form of self-expression and it is the organic and fluid manifestation of our inner being. It’s the body animated by rhythm and put on display for the world to see. The type of dancing you do defines you as a person and what you’re really like.
All you need to do is find the beat in a song and be brave enough to follow what your body tells you to do next. When you see people awkwardly gyrating to a song with no real confidence in their motion, that’s when someone has fought half the battle.
The other half is having the confidence to be yourself and follow through with the dance. It takes a lot of mental preparation and confidence to be able to do this like it’s second nature.
Learning how to ballroom dance can be fun and not very difficult. It is called the box step because the person doing this step moves around in a box. It involves six steps from start to finish. One of the first things that you learn in the waltz is to do the basic box step. The box step starts with stepping forward with your left foot while your partner steps back on their right foot. The complete details of the basic box step are given Read the rest of this entry »
Often we enjoy a performance by talented dancers, all the while forgetting that someone behind the scenes makes the dance what it is. Choreographers tend to be one of the most behind-the-scenes artists, but they are truly the force behind the action. While it’s difficult to objectively pick the best choreographers, there are some that have certainly made a big impact in the world of dancing.
1. The late George Balanchine lived his entire life during the 20th century. He is responsible for bringing ballet to America by starting a company that is now the New Read the rest of this entry »