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Beginner salsa classes are a thrilling introduction to the vibrant world of Latin dance. From learning basic steps to discovering the infectious rhythms, these classes offer a fun and energetic atmosphere for beginners to embrace the joy of salsa. With Orlando FiestaCubana guidance, you’ll soon be confidently moving your feet and connecting with partners on the dance floor.
Cuban Son is the root of most salsa music today. It is a musical style that originated in the Oriente province in the eastern part of Cuba, and was accepted with much enthusiasm throughout the island after the success of the “Danzón”, Cuba’s national dance, traditionally found in upper class social clubs. Son combines the influence of two musical cultures, Spanish and African, into a modern style of music many refer to as Afro-Cuban. One of the foundations of Son is the rhythm know as “clave”. You will learn to identify this rhythm, and therefore begin to dance Son on the proper beat, the third clave, which is often mistaken for “on 2” dancing as it is contratiempo or “counter-time”. With the clave setting the rhythm, Son is without a doubt, the heartbeat of Cuban music.
Body movement & Isolations
Cuban motion, “counter-position” body movements and isolations are the foundations of a great, versatile salsa dancer. Without proper body movement, the steps look flat and mechanical. Your dance comes to life when body isolations are added to the basic salsa steps, making the dancer’s movements look beautiful, fluid and graceful. Each class includes a breakdown of how to isolate body parts such as the ribcage, shoulders and hips and specific stretches to encourage this type of movement. You will learn special exercises and practice techniques which focus on how to incorporate Cuban motion and latin movement into your basic reggaeton, bachata, afro-cuban, cha cha cha and salsa steps, to make these dances look authentic and not mechanical!