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THE NEW SEASON STARTS on the 8th of February 2023 – Week 6 – Wednesdays
THANK YOU FOR BEING PATIENT
LA LUNA LATINA started with classes in Aarhus. The original project started in Aarhus in January 2016. After one year of teaching and lot’s of students satisfied and delighted with the classes, the name was changed from LATIN DANCES AARHUS to LA LUNA LATINA Aarhus. However, the same concept, spirit, and dynamic and fun classes were kept.
THE NEW SEASON STARTS on Tuesday 17th of January 2023 – WEEK 3
At Salsa Viborg, we focus on Cuban salsa and Rueda de casino. Footwork at the beginning in order to warm up, followed by figures explained into details. Different levels are offered. Join the group on Facebook, the web page or contact us for more information in the section of CONTACT.
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WHAT CAN YOU FIND IN OUR CLASSES?
A BIT OF HISTORY
SALSA CUBAN STYLE
The so-called Cuban style is the original way of salsa dancing. It is, unlike the styles that have arisen in recent years, the one that takes more elements and steps of how many dance existed before or after: montuno, urban son, guaracha, mambo and a few dances of Other countries and cultures. It is surely the most complex Cuban dance hall and also the funniest. The first steps of this dance took place in the Casino Deportivo de La Habana and other dance halls of the Cuban capital in the late fifties, hence the name it has in Cuba: casino, originally called “the dance of Casino”. In the late sixties, it regained its popularity and stopped dancing until today. The casino seems rather playful, rhythmic and lively and not oriented towards competition, like other ballroom dancing. It is, in a way, the ballroom dance, but in sleeveless shirt sleeves that continues to evolve. However, for the various figures – some are very complicated – there are several combinations of basic steps that must be mastered in order to execute correctly. Music: Salsa is played in 4/4 time and sounds more intricate than Merengue and Bachata because of its syncopated rhythm, known as the “Clave” rhythm. Steps: Salsa basic consists of 3 steps (2 quicks and 1 slow or a pause). You could dance the Salsa “On1” (LA style) or “On2” (NY style); in other words, you can start your first step (breaking step) on the first beat (the strong beat) or the second beat. Footwork in both styles are generally the same however the feelings are quite different. Dancing “On1” appears to be more exciting and flashier while dancing “On2” feels more relaxed and smooth.
RUEDA DE CASINO
Rueda de casino, the casino wheel, has a basic structure of couples forming a circle. For many rueda dancers, regular Rueda de casino is the only way of dancing rueda. For others this is the beginning. After some years of dancing rueda, some people try out other structures and start experimenting with various combinations. This modality of dancing salsa in couples and changing partners continuously in a dynamic mode has become more and more popular, due to its way of enjoying and relax, forgetting about our rushing daily life, and learning at the same time.
Bachata is originated in the rural neighborhoods of Dominican Republic. It has become one of the most popular Latin dances in recent years. Music: Bachata is also in 4/4 time but has its own distinctive sound. In the early days, it was a guitar music played by peasants and were often slow, sad and romantic. These days, Bachata has gotten more upbeat and incorporated electronic sounds. Steps: Bachata basics consist of 3 steps and a tap. The chase basic goes “side-together-side-tap” and can be spiced up with a hip motion or a lift of the leg at the “tap” step. Dancers keep their knees bent throughout to promote hip motion. Bachata can be danced in two-hand hold, open embrace but is often danced in close position at nightclubs.
Kizomba is one of the most popular genres of dance and music originating from Angola. The term "kizomba comes from the linguistic expression Kimbundu, which means "party". Name given as early as 1984. It is a derivative of semba, with a mix of Kilapanda and Angolan Merengue, and sung generally in Portuguese. The origins of kizomba music can be traced to late-1970s Africa, with influences variably attributed to Angola. Kizomba is characterised by a slower, romantic, more sensuous rhythm than the traditional Angolan semba dance. Kizomba music emerged as a more modern music genre with a sensual touch mixed with African rhythm.
Merengue is a traditional folk dance originated in Dominican Republic and was brought to the U.S. by Dominican musicians in the early 1900s. Music: Merengue is in 2/4 time (1-2-1-2), which gives a marching feel to it. These days, Merengue has been influenced by Hip Hop, R&B and other pop music. Steps: The basic dance step (similar to marching) is quite simple in Merengue. Dancers keep their knees slightly bent and feet in contact with the floor throughout. It’s a wonderful dance for beginners and a great way to practice the Cuban motion (hip motion).
WHAT WE DO IN OUR CLASSES
Our classes of salsa are a nice and fluent combination between casino (or more common known in Europe as Cuban Salsa) and Salsa cross body L.A. (Los Angeles style). But the base is casino. This interesting mix makes the dancing elegant and at the same time fun and surprising as the Casino (Cuban Salsa) is.
When it comes to the bachata classes, the essence of the Dominican style is kept into the basic steps and movements of the hips of the 4/4 music tempo and at the same time is combined with the sensuality of the modern and sensual bachata originated in the south of Spain. Lately a fusion of different styles is becoming more popular, that is why sometimes we try to offer some fusion figures or moves in our classes, as well as play traditional bachata, covers (fusion), sensual or remixes to be able to recognise them later in any social dance.
Rueda de casino
In the classes of Rueda de casino the dancers can find the funniest and most enjoyable way of learning new figures of casino (Cuban Salsa) and complex structures of Rueda de Casino. It is a good way of staying fit as well as forget about our stressful life and relax. Our brains are working faster, the adrenaline goes up and laughs and fun are just basically the essence of it.