Learn how to salsa dance with Nicole Lazo. Salsa is a popular form of social dance that originated in New York with strong influences from Latin America, particularly Cuba, Puerto Rico and Colombia. The movements of salsa have its origins in Cuban son, cha cha cha, mambo and other dance forms, and the dance, along with the music, originated in the mid-1970s in New York. In this series we'll focus on the latest On1 salsa fundamentals, techniques, styling and moves heavily influenced by the Los Angeles, Puerto Rican and Bay Area dance scenes.
Learn how to dance Cuban-style salsa, also known as casino, with Nicholas Van Eyck and Serena Wong. Salsa Cubana traces its origin as a partner dance from Cuban son, fused with partner figures and turns. As with the son, danzon and cha cha cha, it is traditionally, though less often today, danced "a contratiempo". This means that no step is taken on the first and fifth beats in each clave pattern and the fourth and eighth beat are emphasized. We’re thrilled to incorporate Miami, Havana, Santiago and Rueda styles into this series.
Learn how to play the conga drums with Edgardo Cambon in these video lessons for beginner, intermediate and advanced players. Known in Cuba as the tumbadora, this South American instrument can be heard in all types of Latin music including salsa, rumba, merengue and reggae, as well as other forms of popular music. Edgardo will also cover "la percusion menor" with instruments such as the guiro, maracas and clave.