Salsa

Get ready for a night out on the town like you have never experienced before. A spicy night of Salsa dancing is easy to find right in your own neighborhood! The music, the movement, and the atmosphere are all waiting for you at your nearest Arthur Murray Dance Studio. Beginner through advanced, we provide a thorough program to help you master Salsa. Our passionate instructors will take you through the process of learning the culture and footwork that inspires Salsa Dance worldwide.

Salsa Dancing – Origin and Definition

Salsa dance has deep Latin roots inspired by various cultures, mainly Cuban and Puerto Rican. This rich cultural background expresses itself clearly as partners move together as one in the Salsa dance. Salsa as we know it today, however, originated later in history than most people realize. The swinging 70’s in New York City ushered in the dance we are now familiar with.

Different masters specialize in different forms of Salsa connected to specific regions and periods of origin. New York, Los Angeles, and Cuban styles are a few of the many expressions available. Each form adds its own beauty and technique to the dance world.

The name Salsa lacks a definitive etymology, but implies spice and variety like its culinary counterpart. Over the years, Salsa has come to be considered one of the more provocative ballroom dances. While associated with a certain Latin persona, proper Salsa dance still maintains strict and precise technical expectations. However, Salsa is very unique in presentation as spontaneous and free. The final version you see on the dance floor at a competition is the result of determination and serious study. Salsa lessons can help you improve, while adding an exciting experience to your week.

How We Teach Salsa

Salsa is exciting to watch with its many turns and colorful costumes. Experienced competitors and professionals work tirelessly to present the dance as effortlessly as possible. At Arthur Murray Dance Studios, you can expect a thorough education and focus on basic technique to enhance your knowledge and precision while studying Salsa. Many students come in as adults with little or no dance experience. Learning dance at Arthur Murray is more than a classroom experience, it is also a social gathering. As you are learning in our group or private classes, other opportunities become available to you. We offer regular activities for our students that focus on having fun while practicing your new craft. You can train for competitions as well. 

The Salsa experience should promote a positive self image in the student. You can and will be a successful dancer with hard work and proper instruction. The experience of learning dance will add to your confidence, and enrich your life. Salsa and other dance forms also add to your exercise routines in a fun and creative way. Come to Arthur Murray Dance Studios, and get ready to surprise yourself while you get healthy. Dance is an excellent way to express yourself while working out.

A solid dance foundation in Salsa can prepare you to learn many dances. At Arthur Murray Dance Studios, we want to instill an appreciation of the art of dance, while making your experience an enjoyable part of your schedule. If our lessons are not a favorite part of your week, we aren’t doing our job! Salsa lessons are a great option for couples trying to find an activity to do together. For singles, classes at our studios are a great way to meet new friends.

Arthur Murray Dance Studios is a Unique Place to Learn Dance

Paso Doble was actually invented in Southern France, where its march-like steps were used in the military, coined “Paso Redoble”. The steps easily travelled to Spain because of their close proximity. Beginning in the 18th century, the “Paso Doble” was played during the matador’s entrance into the bullring. The Spanish ritual made its way back to France, where it was interpreted into a dance among the Parisian upper class. It wasn’t until the 1920s that bullfighting was choreographed into a performed dance as we know it today. The most famous Paso Doble music piece, the “Espana Cani,” by Pascual Marquina, was written in the twenties. Since 1945, Paso Doble has been a competition dance and a part of the World Dance Program since 1963.

Although Paso Doble is primarily a competition dance, it is sometimes seen in rare social settings, like in clubs and studios, specifically in Quebec and Ontario, as well as in Spain, France, Vietnam, Australia and Germany.

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