Salsa Lessons Toronto
Access Ballroom is the perfect place for Salsa lessons in Toronto. We design a personalized program for you to fit your schedule and dance goals. Normally, as part of your Dance Package, you will have a mixture of private lessons, group lessons, and practice parties. The privates allow your Dance Instructor to give you fine details that will get you to the level you wish to be. In groups, you will learn steps; and in practice parties, you will put into practice everything you learned in the privates and the groups.
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History of Salsa
The origins of Salsa dancing are linked to Mambo. It is a mix of many Latin and Afro-Caribbean dances and each played a part in the way that Salsa evolved. Salsa is similar to Mambo, as both have a pattern of six steps danced over eight counts of music. These dances share many of the same moves. However, in Salsa, turns have become an important feature, so that the overall look and feel are quite a different form than those of Mambo. Salsa moves are generally forward and backward, whereas, Mambo has more of a forward and side to backward and side feel. Another difference is that Salsa is danced on the count of 1 whereas Mambo is danced on 2.
Salsa Styles (that you learn in Salsa Lessons Toronto)
New York Style
Since New York had a high concentration of Puerto Ricans and Nuyoricans, it made Salsa dance style strongly influenced by Puerto Ricans. There is a lot of emphasis on fast flash footwork. Additionally, there is also a strong Latin Hustle influence in New York Salsa dancing. It looks like this is a byproduct of the disco craze, which was HUGE in The Big Apple in the late 70’s and early 80’s. When salsa started to move into the Manhattan-based clubs in the late 80’s, many ex-Hustle dancers brought their disco moves into their Salsa. The current New York Salsa style is called Salsa On 2 but its real name is Mambo. It is a blend of Puerto Rican Salsa and Latin Hustle with the break on the second beat of the clave.
LA style Salsa moves are designed to dazzle and wow the spectators. It is exciting, sexy and flamboyant with lots of dips, spins and drops. The dominant influences are from Puerto Rican Salsa, Latin Ballroom and probably Lindy Hop. (Lindy Hop is an American dance that evolved in Harlem, New York City, in the 1920’s and 1930’s and originally evolved with the jazz music of that time.) The LA style “shines” have their roots in Latin Ballroom. Couples break away from each other in the middle of a dance to start “shining”. Women will extend their arms to strike a pose, then play with stylized hip and hair movements. Men’s shines tend to focus on tricky footwork which tends to be based on Puerto Rican style Salsa. LA style Salsa dancers often choreograph cartwheels and flip into the routines making their movements more spectacular.
Cubans call their Salsa dance style “casino”. In the decadent days of Old Havana, all the action in town was going down at the casinos. The gambling haunts had the money to bring in the big name bands, so that’s where people would go out to dance. Once the revolution hit, the casinos were closed down. The people started to dance this “casino” style dance in the local community halls. Cuban style Salsa differs from the North American Salsa styles in the fact that it is circular rather than linear. The man constantly moves around the woman in a circular dynamic, checking her out and showing her off at the same time.
Rueda de Casino is the correct name in Spanish. “Casino Rueda” or “Salsa Rueda” are English versions of the correct name. Rueda is a synchronized Cuban group dance which constantly has the participants exchanging dance partners. It started out in the 1950’s at Casino Deportivo in Havana. The people invented a new casino dance, using popular dance steps of the time. This was danced as a group in a circle. Some say it started in Santiago de Cuba, others say it started in the famed Casino Deportivo in Havana. Honestly, no one really knows as there is no exact proof of where it started first. When the casinos were closed, people still referred to the dance style by using the name of the places where people used to gather to do it. Nowadays, Cuban people refer to the music as “Salsa” and the dance as “casino”.
There are many characteristics that may identify a dance. However, with Salsa, there is a Cuban motion where the hips are moving in a certain manner with the step. It is a sexy, energetic and even playful dance.
The History of Salsa Music
Things started during the late 1940’s and 50’s. Cuban musicians had a big influence on New York’s music scene. But once Fidel came to power, diplomatic relations fell apart between Cuba and the United States. Since Cuban musicians could no longer travel to the United States their recordings didn’t get any airplay time. So the Puerto Rican and Nuyorican (New Yorkers of Puerto Rican descent) musicians decided that they would just do it themselves.
These days New York Salsa has a distinctly Puerto Rican sound‚ it is a smooth, polished, classic Salsa. It tends to follow the jazz structure, incorporating lengthy instrumental breaks to showcase the ability of particular musicians.
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Salsa Lessons Toronto – Testimonials
My first time salsa dancing & definitely not my last! Loved every second of it! Gil & Valeria were incredible. Valeria was so sweet & patient with us newbies & everything Gil said seemed like a hilarious metaphor! Looking forward to coming back soon!
The Life-Style Change & Benefits of Salsa Lessons Toronto
You may be surprised by who you might see the first time you go to Salsa Lessons Toronto. There is a good chance that you might see a lot of familiar faces. The reason for this is because Salsa has become a universal past time without the barriers of race, age, or gender. With a large number of benefits to Salsa dancing, it is not surprising to find out that millions of people around the world have come to enjoy this exciting and passionate hobby. If you are unsure about whether or not Salsa lessons are for you, here are some benefits to attending salsa classes and social dancing:
Physical Health Benefits Of Salsa Lessons Toronto
Salsa is a great form of cardiovascular exercise. Most people hate going to the gym, but the fun thing about Salsa Lessons Toronto is that you don’t even realize that you are working out until you leave the class and you feel it in your muscles. You are just having too much fun to notice it. It’s estimated that a half hour of Salsa dancing will burn as much as 200-400 calories, an equivalent amount to such exercises as cycling, swimming or power walking. Salsa will help you tone your muscles, increase your heart rate, and even help you lose weight. While you enjoy every minute of it, Salsa classes and social dancing will make you sweat and burn calories. Salsa also promotes other healthy habits. For example, the majority of Salsa dancers smoke and drink less than those that don’t dance.
Mental Health Benefits Of being part of the Salsa community in Toronto
Salsa dancing is an amazing way to relieve stress. Walking into Access Ballroom makes you feel like you fell down the rabbit hole and now you are in a whole new world. When you begin your Salsa lessons, the world and all the issues you face daily will fade away and allow for complete fun and relaxation. As you become a dancer, you realize why we have a great sense of self-awareness and confidence. How we are able to be in tune with our own bodies. Also, students taking Salsa lessons get to switch partners while dancing and meet many new people. You learn to feel good about yourself in a learning and friendly environment. You get a sense of camaraderie as well as a feeling of belonging to a team. This can also assist with inner confidence and self-awareness.
Social Benefits Of taking a Salsa Lesson in Toronto
Let’s be honest, most of us can use a boost in our social lives. Salsa lessons Toronto and Salsa dancing Toronto will create an arena for you to expand your social network. The classes will introduce you to new faces which gives you an excuse to interact. Once you dance with someone a bond has already begun to form. You will enjoy the feel of the music together and you can even laugh at your mistakes. What happens after is magical, i.e. communication becomes easy and free-flowing. Some people think you do need a partner to learn how to dance Salsa, but the reality is that you do not need a partner to attend Salsa lessons. For example, take Salsa clubs or social dance scene. It is very common for people to go dancing on their own because it forces them to socialize and meet new people.
Creativity Benefits and the Fun Factor of Salsa Classes in Toronto
Salsa dancing is an extremely creative and inspiring passion to have. If you are someone looking for a way to be expressive or have a creative outlet, Salsa will satisfy your need for self-expression. Styling, turn patterns, body movement and the way one interprets the rhythm of the music is reflective of one’s self and is always a unique experience. But even more important than that is that Salsa is fun.
Benefit breakdown Of Salsa Dance Toronto
- Salsa Classes Toronto will tone your muscles, improve your flexibility, coordination, endurance as well as overall strength
- Your Salsa Lessons Toronto is a great way to get your cardio workout
- Dance Courses will increase your heart rate, help you lose weight and burn your calories
- Salsa Lesson Toronto will help you to get style, grace and good posture
- The Salsa Class in Toronto sharpens your reflexes and pushes your mental agility
- Salsa Dance Course in Toronto will keep you young and youthful looking because you are always smiling
- You will relieve your stress dancing Salsa in Toronto
- Salsa Lessons in Toronto is a great way to increase a sense of belonging
- Your Salsa Classes Toronto increase your self-confidence and your self-awareness
- Dance Salsa Lessons in Toronto is a great way to meet new friends
- Salsa Classes in Toronto are a great way for you to unleash your creative side
- The Salsa Lessons in Toronto are a great way to spark more romance in your relationship
- Salsa Classes Toronto always provide fun and excitement always with high energy
Anyone who has fallen in love with Salsa dancing will tell you it is a life-changing experience. It changes the way you view the world, the people around you, and even yourself. So procrastinate no longer, contact us and try out what we are talking about for yourself!