Fantastic Styles And Where to Find Them!
South Florida is home to one of the most vibrant and growing communities for Latin Dance. With that being said, sometimes it can be hard to find out where to take classes and begin your journey in the social dance world of South Florida! Here at SalsaSpots we aim to provide those who are new to, or interested in social dancing in the South Florida Community with a central place to find information regarding all things dance. If you are new to the social dancing community here in South Florida or just want to get your feet wet with some classes please read on below!
Salsa On1 | LA Style
A salsa style emphasizes flashy patterns that dazzle onlookers. This dance is executed with both lead and follow dancing within a slot, aka, a “line.” Oftentimes in Spanish the question becomes: “¿bailas en línea?” (do you dance in a line) to distinguish it from the Cuban Salsa. The name Salsa On1 comes from the fact that the break steps happen on beat 1 and 5 of a song’s eight count. The bass is always on the 1 beat, just like in most pop music. Its other Moniker, “LA-Style” comes from the fact that this style was popularized in Los Angeles. Interested in learning Salsa On1 dancing in South Florida? Check out some of these studios below!
Salsa On2 | New York Style | Mambo
Salsa On2, aka, Mambo, originated in New York and was popularized by a legend in the Salsa world, Eddie Torres. Early Mambo took it’s namesake from an older Cuban song type, but with the influence of big band jazz among Latino musicians in New York, it emerged as something separate. Similar to On1, Salsa On2 is danced within a slot, however it has the breaking steps on 2 and 6. Salsa On2 is characterized by a suave style and intricate turn patterns. One of the major differences between Salsa and any other type of pop music is the use of the conga and clave and where the beats are emphasized. Salsa On2 follows this conga timbao and clave instead of the bass. Interested in learning Salsa On2 dancing in South Florida? Find out where here!
Casino | Salsa Cubana
Casino, aka, Cuban Salsa, could technically not be considered a style of Salsa, since Casino predates Salsa music itself. Salsa and Casino share the same origins: the Cuban Son. While Salsa On1 and Salsa On2 are danced in a linear slot, Casino is danced in a circular pattern. Casino also utilizes many movements from traditional Afro-Cuban dances. Most Salsa dances should have a moment where the pair break off to show off in front of each other. In Casino, they will often reference other music styles that are related to the Orishas (a set of “Cubanized” deities originating in Africa), such as the Rumba. Interested in learning Casino in South Florida? Check out some of these studios and instructors below!
Bachata originated in the Dominican Republic. The dance consists of three steps with swaying hip motion and a tap along with a hip movement on the 4th beat. After the Dominican, Juan Luis Guerra’s hit album in the 90s, Bachata started to become popular internationally. Once it went global, other styles began to influence the dance, such as Brazilian Zouk and Ballroom. Bachata Sensual came from these fusions and today it rivals Salsa in popularity.
Kizomba means “party” in Kimbundu, one of the local languages of Angola. It became associated with a music that emerged as a natural fusion; musicians in Angola mixed the most popular music at the time, including Zouk from the French Antilles and regional music from Congo, Cape Verde and more. In contrast to most Latin dances that rely on a repeated, basic step, Kizomba places a heavier emphasis on musical connection and connection points on the body, similar to Tango. While relatively new in the social dance scene, Kizomba exploded in popularity all over Europe, North Africa, Russia and is gaining traction in the U.S. and Latin America. Interested in learning Kizomba in South Florida? Check out some of these studios and instructors below!
Tango developed extensively in Buenos Aires, the Argentinian capital, however it is said to origins in an African-based rhythm called the Candombe, which also appears in Uruguay. It is possible to dance it in an “open embrace” with a wide frame and no connection in the torso, however a closed embrace and connection in the torso, head to head is the iconic figure of the dance. The basic step in the Argentine Tango takes 8 counts, however, there is no repeating basic as in most Latin dances. The interpretation can be lead by any instrument or the voice, and while there is one leader, the lead is expected to “listen” to the the followers’ body for suggestions and allow for the follower to “adorn” steps to add to the creative and social value of the dance. Interested in learning The Argentine Tango in South Florida? Check out some of these studios and instructors below!