What is Salsa?
Salsa is one of the Latin Dance that we borugh to Penang in year 2004 and started to spread various dance style to Penang dancers. We started with Cuban Salsa and now we are teaching LA style Salsa(It's the most popular style in Asia) and teaching New York style to our Salsa kids.
Salsa is a dance form with origins in Cuba as the meeting point of Spanish, African, and Latin American cultures. Salsa is typically a partner dance, although there are recognized solo forms (Floor Shines/Shines), line dancing (suelta), and Rueda de Casino, where groups of couples exchange partners in a circle. Salsa can be improvised or performed with a set routine, choreography and freestyle.
Salsa is popular throughout Latin America as well as in North America, Europe, Australia, and some countries in Asia and the Middle East. It is fast becoming a global phenomenon.
Salsa's roots are based on Afro-Cuban Rumba and Son dancing, and is open to improvisation and thus it is continuously evolving. New modern salsa styles are associated and named to the original geographic areas that developed them. There are often devotees of each of these styles outside of their home territory.
Characteristics that may identify a style include: timing, basic steps, foot patterns, body rolls and movements, turns and figures, attitude, dance influences and the way that partners hold each other. The point in a musical bar music where a slightly larger step is taken (the break step) and the direction the step moves can often be used to identify a style.
Incorporating other dance styling techniques into salsa dancing has become very common, for both men and women: shimmies, leg work, arm work, body movement, spins, body isolations, shoulder shimmies, rolls, even hand styling, acrobatics and lifts.
Salsa dancing is mostly a stationary dance, with little movement around the dance floor. Instead, dancers rely on the subtle movement of their legs and upper bodies to convey the energy of the dance.
In addition to the partnered movements of salsa dancing, dancers may integrate solo breaks known as shines into their routines. These are a way for salsa dancers to take a breather from an exhausting routine, or to gather themselves if their rhythm is broken. Shines involve lots of ornate movements and demonstrations of the body, and are intended as a way for a dancer to show off their full talent.
Latin American styles originates from Cuba and surrounding Caribbean islands and then expanded to Venezuela, Colombia, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and the rest of the Latin states; they also heavily influenced the "Miami" style which is a fusion of Cuban and North American style.
For more details about Salsa in Penang;
Please visit : http://www.salsamontana.com
or visit Salsa facebook : https://www.facebook.com/pages/I-love-Salsa-Penang/132821918890
Salsa Dancing. What is it that makes it popular today? Why is it that people who salsa seems to be happier, in better shape and in a better mood compared to others? From these questions we see that there are two major roles dancing salsa plays in peoples lives: they are healthier and they have a great social life.
- Its a great cardio activity that is fun; its a lot easier to spend three hours dancing than it is to spend forty five minutes on the treadmill.
Salsa is a great cardio activity that is fun;
-You burn 450 calories per hour while dancing.
-Your balance and posture improves.
-You loose weight.
-Your flexibility increases.
-It helps develop better circulation.
-You will have better coordination.
-You gain long-lasting energy as your metabolism increases.
-It helps you work through or reduce other major health problems (e.g., depression)
Inspires you a positive attitude towards your daily life
Dancing helps shift and balance your mental state to a positive one. The best way to achieve this is by doing it often. Since dancing and the social contact uplift the spirit, if done regularly, it helps your life to become that way (positive, happier). Your daily activities become more pleasant as your overall mood is uplifted through dancing salsa. No wonder people say that dancing changes lives. Ill say it better: Dancing changes attitudes; positive attitudes change lives.
Let's Salsa on every Monday 8.30 to 9.30pm for total beginners :
Montana Dance & Art Centre, 280-2, Jalan Dato Ismail Hashim, Sg. Ara 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang
Montana Dance Academy, 9B, Jalan Tanjung Jaya 1, Off Jalan Raja Uda, 12300 Butterworth