Salsa Dancing for Weight Loss and Exercise

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Salsa Dancing for Weight Loss and Exercise

Is there anybody out there who doesn’t want to look and feel great? Consistent and effective exercise is important for a good quality of life, but in this day and age it can be hard to keep in shape. We’re all so busy, and when we finally get a little bit of downtime who really wants to jog, or workout at the gym? When considering different forms of exercise, people often overlook dance. This is because dance doesn’t fit the mold of what exercise is “supposed” to be. To...

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The History of Bachata Dance and Music

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The History of Bachata Dance and Music

For many of us who are not Latin dance experts, the recent emergence of bachata as a popular dance craze may have come as something of a surprise. If you’re one of these people who feels like bachata came out of nowhere, you shouldn’t feel ashamed. Instead, use it as an opportunity to educate yourself! As it turns out, the history of bachata dance and music is rich and stretches back far into the past. The roots of bachata can be traced back to the very beginning of the...

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The African Roots of Salsa Music and Dance

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The African Roots of Salsa Music and Dance

The African Roots of Salsa Music and Dance To many of us, salsa is the definitive “Latin” music. However, the roots of its sounds and the movements of its dances can be traced back much further than Cuba or Puerto Rico. In fact, you will find that many of the building blocks for salsa come all the way from Africa! Salsa is renowned throughout music and dance communities for its powerful rhythm. In fact, a strong beat is really the backbone that drives any good salsa track....

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Salsa Music’s New York City Connection

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Salsa Music’s New York City Connection

When most people think of salsa music, their brains conjure images of Caribbean islands like Cuba and Puerto Rico. This is understandable, because the genre is very popular in the region and many important salsa musicians trace their roots to the islands. However, most historians of music would tell you that salsa music actually originated someplace else—in New York City! A true melting pot of a town, New York has attracted all sorts of immigrants since its founding. In the...

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Tito Puente: The King of Latin Music

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Tito Puente: The King of Latin Music

If Celia Cruz was the queen of salsa, then Tito Puente was her king. A true icon in Latin music, Puente was responsible in large part for helping to spread the popularity of salsa as it developed in the 1960s and 70s. Born in 1923 in Harlem, New York, Tito fell in love with music at a young age. He was a natural born percussionist, banging on pots and pans in his parents’ kitchen until the neighbors just couldn’t stand it anymore. Tito received his break into the New York...

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Intimidated by Salsa? Try Starting with Bachata!

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Intimidated by Salsa?  Try Starting with Bachata!

If you’ve ever found yourself watching two partners dancing salsa on Dancing with the Stars or gazing at the dance floor at your favorite restaurant’s salsa night and thinking, “I could never do that!”, you’re not alone. Salsa is an incredibly beautiful dance style, but its quick and fluid movements can definitely be intimidating to the uninitiated. Don’t misunderstand the point—you certainly can learn to salsa dance if you really put your mind to it, even if you’ve never...

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