Salsa For All Bodies, Beginners' Immersion Workshop

Event has passed (Sun Aug 5, 2018 - Sun Aug 5, 2018)
Center for Sex & Culture
10:00 AM
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All bodies, All genders, All ages, All orientations. This set of two, 4 hour immersion workshops will get you ready to salsa with confidence, all in one go! You COULD sign up for a series, 60 mins a week for 8 weeks... but let's be honest - you're not going to! This is your chance to learn to REALLY salsa, all in one shot. 
This is street/nightclub (as opposed to ballroom), LA style salsa, on the 1. (If you don't know what that means, that's ok!)
These two classes are designed as a set. It's totally OK to take only the first day, but it is NOT recommended to jump in on day two, unless A. you know you are a quick study of dance and will not need the basic moves demostrated slowly or B. you already know the basics of LA style salsa and don't need to relearn them. 
10am - 11:30am individual basics
We will start Day 1 with three fundamental foot patterns, for first time salsa dancers (plus anyone who wants to review). As the foot patterns get ingrained, we'll work on body positioning, learn 6 basic turns that mix and match into the 3 foot patterns, hip motion, and more. Day 2, we will review this more quickly and work on speed and combinations. 
11:30am - 12:00pm bag lunch and lecture
Bring something to eat! While we eat and rest our legs, we'll talk about rhythm and musicallity, and listen to music samples. You'll learn about salsa and latin dance music from a dancers perspective, as well as my special foolproof method for how to find the dance beat, how to tell the speed of a song, how to recover the beat when you lose it, and lots more. Day 2 we will begin to tackle traditional slow intros for salsa music, dance breaks, and more. 
12:00pm - 1:30pm partnering, and the unwriten social norms of latin dance events
Arms, leading and following, partnering energy, body positioning, how to ask someone to dance, how to start, how to close, and so much more. This is how to use everything you learned before lunch, both in the micro and the macro. Everything you need to get out on the floor and have a good time. 
1:30 - 2pm practice time, simple dips, simple shines
Practice what you learned, as if you were out on your own at an event, except with your coach standing by to answer questions and help you out of stuck places. 
For folks who are ready for more, we'll offer a few simple but dressy moves for extra credit, such as shines and dips! 


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