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Salsa for All

Salsa for All

Salsa, Cha Cha, Mambo, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia, among other styles are accessible to everyone. In case partner dancing seems too intimate an interaction, here are some other options that will allow you to participate in all that makes salsa great, without one on one partnering.

Casino Rueda- Casino Rueda is more of a social experience than traditional salsa or mambo. Many people dance in a circle and face inward while listening to the commands of one leader. You can take classes that will introduce you to the names of moves and still enjoy nights out on the town. You may have to coordinate with your classmates in order to get enough people who know the moves together, but the dance easily translates onto the dance floor and can be done to many salsa songs. The music that works best has a heavy Cuban influence. Seek songs that sound like more of a party and less romantic if you are unsure of what Cuban styles sound like.

Ladies Styling/ Shines- There are lessons and many groups that teach you solo numbers. It will allow you to learn “shines” or dance routines in the salsa style that you do independent of a partner. When salsa dancing with someone else you also use shines when you break away from one another. Women typically fall into the men’s pattern where you shift to your left foot moving forward on the 1st count (LA style). If you so desire, you can even join an all ladies styling troupe or group that only does footwork.

There are styles of salsa that anyone wanting to learn can be comfortable with, it’s just a matter of finding the right fit. Many studios offer days where you can go and sample classes, so go and figure out how spicy you like your salsa!