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Salsa, kizomba and bachata

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Welcome to the page dedicated to salsa, kizomba and bachata ! Discover here an introduction to these dances, relevant academies, events and soirees !

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Salsa

Some would refer the etymology of salsa dance to the sauce because of its mixture of ingredients. It is indeed a combination of several elements. Son for example, inherited from both the Spanish and the African cultures, is the traditional Cuban dance that emerged at the end of the 19th century and that, it is said, was first recorded in 1917 as a symbol of nationalism against the Spanish oppressor. Son, mainly combined to rumba (which will become the national official dance in the 1950’s supplanting son), and with the influence of swing, mambo (which was born out of the marriage of son and swing) and later cha cha cha, will give birth to another dance called salsa. The rhythmic dance, known for its sensuality and enflamed turns, has evolved in Latin America, in countries like Cuba, Columbia, Puerto Rico and surrounding islands as the Dominican Republic. However, salsa was popularized in New York’s USA by the Latino community living there as the Cuban musicians Frank Grillo, Celia Cruz, or Eddie Palmieri who introduced Latin Jazz to the mix, and Puerto Ricans as the dancer Pedro Aguilar or “the King of Latin Beat”, the singer Hector Lavoe and the musicians Ray Baretto and Tito Puente or “the Musical Pope”.

Therefore, several salsa styles were settled: the Afro-Latino style, very popular in the Caribbean, characterized by a little more twist and often played with common African instruments and songs; the Casino style (Cuban) characterized by the tendency of its dancers to step a “contratiempo” which means on the fourth and eights beats of the musical phrase (8 beats) and not on the first and the fifth as in other salsa styles; the Cali style (Colombian), named after the city of Western Columbia known as the “the Capital of Salsa”, characterized by stepping in place or displace in closed position and without performing cross body leads like other salsa styles; and the New York style, characterized by partners facing each other most of the time and following a flat “8” figure, as well as stepping on the second beat which was mainly popularized by Eddie Torres (“the Mambo King”).

The academies

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Beginners class (lv1): Wednesday from 8pm to 9pm and Friday from 7pm to 8pm.
Beginners (lv2): Monday from 7pm to 8pm and Friday from 8pm to 9pm.
Intermediate: Tuesday from 8pm to 9pm and Thursday from 9pm to 10pm.
Advanced: Tuesday and Wednesday from 9pm to 10pm.
Kids: Saturday from 2pm to 3 pm.

Costs: First course 50 $; second and third course 30 $; fourth course 20 $. Contact: 70 974 734.

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Bachata

Bachata comes from the Dominican republic of the 1950’s. It is attributed to the mix between the Latin-American dance bolero and the Cuban son. The first bachata song “Borracho de Amor” is credited to Jose Calderon and was recorded in 1961. Bachata evolved through decades and was made more popular in the 1990’s with the singers Luis Vargas and Antony Santos as well as Jean Luis Guerra who introduced modern elements as pop in the dance.

Kizomba

Kizomba is a dance of the end of the 1970’s originating from Angola and combining the African beats with the Haitian compass (modern merengue). Kizomba, which means “party” in Angolan, is a slow, sensual rhythm dance in contrast with the traditional semba. Although the kizomba songs are mostly sung in Portuguese, they led to confusion between kizomba and creole-zouk (mostly danced on Cape Verdean creole songs) that is a dance created after Cape Verdean immigrants have blended a national dance, the coladera, to the Haitian compass. Kizomba was first popularized in Angola and Portugal with the help of the Angolan singer Bonga and others as Andre Mingas, Calo Pascoal, Don Kikas and dance teachers as Mestre Petchu and Jose N’dongola.

The Soirees and events

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