11 Gift Ideas For Salsa Dancers
Jan01

11 Gift Ideas For Salsa Dancers

Finding gifts for Salsa dancers can be a challenge. We’ve put together a few items we found. If you know of any others please let us know. 1. Me Gusta Bailar Salsa (I Like To Dance Salsa) This stick figure Salsa Shirt design is available in many styles and is also available on a coffee cup. Drinking coffee or tea while wearing the shirt would make a cute picture for any FB profile. Cost: Tshirt $26.95 – See details |...

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Salsa Dancing In Portland
Aug19

Salsa Dancing In Portland

Hi Salsa Friends, We just got back from Portland, Oregon and wanted to report back to you about our Salsa experience there… and the amazing food and sightseeing spots. You won’t believe what we saw! Before we dive into it, let me give you some quick demographics so that you can grasp one of the major differences between Salsa in Palm Springs and Salsa in Portland. The city of Portland alone is estimated to have over...

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How Does Palm Desert Compare to Nashville’s Salsa Scene?
May21

How Does Palm Desert Compare to Nashville’s Salsa Scene?

So we just got back from Nashville and, of course, during our visit we stopped by a couple of places that offered Salsa dancing. To our surprise, we found that the Salsa scene is busy. There seemed to be something going on every day. We decided to check out a local group named Diablos que Bailan (devils that dance), quite odd for a dance club name. Isn’t it? Anyway, they get together at a Puerto Rican restaurant near downtown...

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10 Reasons to Start Dancing Salsa Today
Apr16

10 Reasons to Start Dancing Salsa Today

Lori and I both learned to dance Salsa as adults. You know what they say… it’s never too late, right? Well, we agree. Like most people, we’ve all been exposed to all kind of dancing in our lives. In movies, on TV shows and social events like proms, weddings and parties. Deep inside, we’ve all wanted to be the one’s who could bust the moves. You know what I’m talking about. In any event, the past is...

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Salsa Dancing – How long does it take to learn?
Jan19

Salsa Dancing – How long does it take to learn?

One of the most common questions we get from new students attending our Salsa dancing lessons is “How long will it take for me to learn to dance? We’ve answered this question in a previous Salsa dancing blog post however, I’d like to address it again to those of you who have absolutely no dance experience. It’s unpredictable until you get started! In all honesty, is practically impossible to predict how long it...

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Dancing to Bulgarian Folk Music at New Year’s Party
Jan03

Dancing to Bulgarian Folk Music at New Year’s Party

It’s amazing how much fun one can have dancing to music you know nothing about. So was the case for Lori and me at our Bulgarian friends New Year’s Party. Before I get to that, let me tell you what happened before our “folk dancing” experience. When we arrived to the hotel, we were directed to the appropriate ballroom where the party was just about to get started. Actually, dinner was about to get started....

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Giving Thanks for Friendships
Nov30

Giving Thanks for Friendships

Salsa dancing brings together people from all walks of life. We are so fortunate to have made many friends as well as having brought people together that have become close friends and sometimes more than just friends. What’s unique about friendships while Salsa dancing is that the appeal for dancing and Salsa music is universal. It doesn’t matter if you are a doctor, attorney, city employee, building inspector, writer,...

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Is There Such a Thing as Dance Etiquette?
Nov15

Is There Such a Thing as Dance Etiquette?

Joe Wieder wrote a great piece about dance floor etiquette and we agree with him 100%. We seldom touch on this very important topic. Dancing is supposed to be fun… right? So below is a list of things to do and not to do to make the best of your dance night out: Ladies…. If you are seen dancing, gentlemen will be more likely to ask you to dance Smile and make eye contact! You’re body language should say: I am ready to...

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I Hated Dancing!
Nov12

I Hated Dancing!

Because I’m a dance instructor, most people assume I’ve been dancing since childhood. That is no the case. Maybe “hate” is not the exact word I used but if memory serves me, the words were more like “I don’t like dancing”. That was my excuse up until I started to learn to Salsa dance at 23. So I can relate with people that claim they “don’t like dancing” or “it’s...

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I Hate Veterans Day
Nov11

I Hate Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a sad day for me (this is Luis by the way). Men and women who serve our Country in war come home and are remembered/celebrated once a year? Who in the world chose ONE day to be Veterans Day anyway? It feels similar to Valentine’s Day to me. Why do we celebrate Love on ONE day. I don’t wait until Valentine’s Day to show or tell Lori that I Love her. And Veterans Day should be the same way. Sorry for...

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The Hold Is Not a Hold
Nov08

The Hold Is Not a Hold

Every Salsa lesson we teach includes a description of some sort of hold, be it closed hold, double-hand hold, right to left hold etc. It never occurred to me, ’til today, that in Salsa, we don’t “hold”. I don’t really know where the term hold comes from but I would assume it has something to do with ballroom. In ballroom, the hold refers to the position you must hold your frame in while dancing. Chest up,...

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From Beginner to Better Salsa Dancing
Nov01

From Beginner to Better Salsa Dancing

If you’ve ever attended any of our Salsa dance lessons, you may recall us saying that if you “master the core basics you are on your way to becoming a proficient dancer”. When you’re get started, the very first thing we teach you are the mechanics of the 4-core basic steps of Salsa. Right? As you become a bit more comfortable with the basics – through repetition – you start to get a sense of the...

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What Does It Take to Become a Good Salsa Dancer?
Oct25

What Does It Take to Become a Good Salsa Dancer?

Everyone wants to master Salsa dancing – or any dance for that matter – in just a few lessons. If it was that easy, everyone would learn how to dance. So that raises the question: “What does it really take to learn to dance Salsa? Although everyone is different, there are some factors that help you learn quicker: Listening to the music. If you grew up listening to Salsa music it can be a plus. You already know what...

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How Would You Describe Salsa Dancing?
Oct18

How Would You Describe Salsa Dancing?

I confess… I can’t read people’s mind. However, if you ask a friend how they would describe Salsa dancing, the responses can be quiet varied. If your friend has absolutely no personal experience dancing Salsa, you might get an answer that include words like “sexy”, “hot”, “seductive”, etc. Their impression is likely based on what they’ve seen in movies or comments heard on TV...

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What is Cumbia?
Oct11

What is Cumbia?

Cumbia is a genre of dance that traces its origins back to Colombia during the later years of Spanish colonization. It began as little more than a courtship dance between slaves brought from Africa, with only crude drums and claves to set the rhythm. As it grew in popularity over the decades and centuries, it spread to neighboring native Colombians and Spanish settlers, who allowed their own cultural practices to permeate the existing...

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What is the Cha-cha?
Oct04

What is the Cha-cha?

Many people love to do the Cha-cha because it gives them an excellent workout. The various muscle groups are toned during practices. The Cuban movement is fun to do while the music pulsates to a Latin beat. When learning this dance, dancers will find they will be in a friendly group. It is a partner dance that is taught in a step-by-step fashion. Once they learn the basic steps of the dance, they can begin to perfect their techniques...

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