The Salsa Way of Life

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Feel the Electricity!

Dancing is one of the best forms of physical activity a person can do in order to improve their well-being.  Along with the obvious physical benefits such as strength, endurance, cardiovascular health, and weight control; there are also mental, emotional, and social benefits.  For these reasons, dancing has survived many, many generations of longevity, as one of the most important forms of exercise. 

One dance that is particularly good for one’s well-being is the Salsa.  Salsa dancing is, usually, a very fast paced, energetic, intense dance.  It is a dance that is most often performed with a partner; however, there are many moves one can do to practice the Salsa completely alone.  For those who don’t always want the fast pace of the traditional Salsa, there are also Salsa dances that are slow, romantic, and rhythmic.  The Salsa can be as simple or as complicated as one desires.  This will usually depend on the speed and the variety of moves in a particular dance.  Anyone can do the Salsa, even the uncoordinated electrician in Birmingham, AL, who doesn’t think he can do the dance.  The only requirements are interest, zest, and ability to move. 

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Learn to Salsa!

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Are you interested in building your confidence, finding your inner sensuality, and adding spice to your life?  If you answered, “Yes”, then one avenue you may wish to investigate is Salsa dancing!

Salsa music is infectious and the dance moves are flowing, rhythmic, and smooth.  Salsa is a dance known by many, which can be performed all over the country.  One can find Salsa dance “socials” in cities throughout the U.S.  People dance the salsa in nightclubs, bars, ballrooms, exercise classes, or in their own homes.

Many large cities, worldwide, even host Salsa competitions and conferences.  In these environments, people share different Salsa techniques, dance moves, music varieties, and other passions pertaining to the Salsa dance.  If you have an interest, many such competitions can be found online or in your local newspaper.

One can even find Salsa “how to” videos and exhibitions on-line, especially on sites such as YouTube.  Also, there are several mobile apps available.  A few of the apps are: Salsa Anywhere, Pocket Salsa, and Salsa Dancing- Learn to Dance.  If you prefer to study Salsa dance moves from books, there are also several of these available.  One example is a book called, “Let’s Dance!” by Paul Bottomer.  There is a wide array of places to learn this beautiful dance.

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Feel the Music

Salsa dancing is a very popular phenomenon that has a particular beat and sound associated with it.  The music that inspires Salsa dancers is rhythmic, upbeat, and spicy.  “Salsa” is described as a type of Latin American dance music that incorporates the elements of jazz and rock music.  The tempo is quick, with an average range of 150-250 beats per minute.  Although the music is fast paced, the Salsa dance moves are usually performed in steps of about 160-220 beats per minute.  In contrast, even though the typical Salsa dance is quite fast, there is a wide range of tempos available.  There are slower, medium, and very fast song options, too.

There are many famous musicians that inspire the sounds of Salsa music.  Some of them include Dizzie Gillespie, Tito Puente, Willie Colon, and Marc Anthony.  Even if you don’t understand the lyrics of some Salsa music, it is difficult not to let the sounds of this music drift into your heart and let your body move to the groove.  One particularly good song to listen to, as a beginner Salsa dancer is “Yamulemau”, by Joe Arroyo.  In this song, the tempo is upbeat, but it is very steady and consistent throughout its’ entirety.

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What is Salsa?

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A very famous television celebrity, Oprah Winfrey, once said, “Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance”.  Around the world, dancing is an activity that people do for entertainment, exercise, mental relief, and emotional joy.  Many people just enjoy the pure happiness of dancing around to music. Dancing, in many ways, gives individual people a chance to express who they are and how they feel at a particular moment in time. 

There are so many different types of dances.  For example, there is the Rumba, the Waltz, the Tango, the Cha-Cha-Cha, the Quickstep, and The Jive.  One dance, in particular, is famous for making people feel alive, vibrant, and sexy.  This dance is called the Salsa. 

Most people say that the Salsa dance originated in Cuba.  The dance was accompanied with the fast-paced, rhythmic sounds of Cuban musicians.  The term, “Salsa”, originated in America, in the early 1900’s.  It was meant to describe the new music and movements that appeared upbeat, rhythmic, and somewhat sensual.  The Salsa movement was brought to the United States after American soldiers witnessed the dancing and music during the Cuban War of 1898.   

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Welcome to our new blog about salsa dancing and salsa eating and anything else related to salsa!  My wife and I are excited to get this blog started!  Check back soon for some updates!  Until then, here’s a video of some authentic Dominican salsa dancing.  Enjoy!