Levels and Dance styles
The information below describes the levels on the salsa course. You don't need to have danced with us before to attend, and you don't need to have a dance partner.
There are 70 % singles and 30 % couples at our camps and courses. So you can dance with a lot of different people throughout the course.
Beginner: For those who have never danced salsa before.
Beginner-intermediate: Is for those who have danced about 7-8 weeks or more.
Intermediate 1: For those who have danced approx. 12-14 weeks or longer.
Intermediate 2: For those who have danced approx. half a year or longer.
Intermediate 3: For those who have danced about a year or longer.
Intermediate 4: For those who have danced over a year or longer.
Advanced: For those who have danced about 2 years
Very advanced: For those who have been dancing for over 2 years
In addition to the Cuban salsa, we will also dance some of the following dance styles (you choose which ones): Showsalsa/Lady Style for Women, Salsa Men Style, Bachata, Reggaeton, Son, Cha Cha Cha, Rumba and Afro - Cuban dance.
Son: Is the root of the salsa. This is where it all comes from. Son was danced back in the 1940s in Cuba before it came to the United States, where it was mixed with other styles - and became what we today know as salsa.
It is a very important element to get a musical understanding of salsa. It connects the whole body, so there is movement in the upper body as well as while dancing and not just a lot of footwork. Dancing must be a whole. In the Son dance there are not so many twists as in salsa, but a lot of styles.
Cha Cha Cha: Is also a Cuban rhythm and couples dance. It is part of what Cuba regards as popular dance. It was developed in the 1950s and is still dancing and playing. It's fun and a little hard to dance.
Lady Style and Men Style: Here, we are working with the movements that are used in the couples dances when you improvise, as well as in the actual twists or closing turns.
Show Salsa: The Cuban cabaret style is a very sensual and feminine dance form. All movements are danced with an elevated attitude. There is a connection between creating movements with soft hips and shoulders. Here the very open and outward energy is crucial to the expression of the dance. Show Salsa is a blend of salsa, samba, jazz, and elements of funk, that are composed in choreographies.
Rumba consists of 3 dance modes
Guaguancó: Is a pardon where you do not touch each other, but play up to each other. The movements can be transferred to salsa, so the dance becomes softer for the women and sharper for the men. Here the men must vacuna the women.
Yambu: Here you flirt dance with each other, but without vacuna. Here the music is also slower.
Columbia: Is a male dance style in Rumba, where the men challenge each other by showing smart dance steps and movements. These are also used in other Cuban dances such as salsa, where elements are included in the dance.
Afro-Cuban dance: Orichas are the goddesses who dance in Cuba. Each God has a characteristic, which is then reflected through the dances. The beauty goddess dance is very graceful dance and the God of strength is very powerful. It is good if you already dance a little rumba and Afro Cuban, before you dance salsa so that you get an understanding of where the roots come from.
Reggaeton: Is the Latin world's answer to Hip Hip, just more soft. Here the hips and shoulders are in focus. There will be a lot of shakes. It's super hot and gives a lot of sweat to the forehead. Both women and men dance this dance.
Bachata: Is a pardon that does not come from Cuba, but the Dominican Republic. This will be taught in the Salsa camp. People love this dance. It's a close dance, and the turns are not that hard. But here there is focus on the footwork and sensuality of the dance.