Salsa > Ballroom vs Street/club Salsa

Discussion in 'Salsa' started by latindia, Aug 23, 2005.

  1. tacad

    tacad New Member

    My impression is that she was relating her own experiences in NY as I did about mine in LA.
  2. latindia

    latindia New Member

    Define 'tame', please, in this context. what would count as 'not tame'?

  3. africana

    africana New Member

    :shock: I don't understand how anyone could reach these conclusions based on reading ALL the aold threads, because it's been discussed at great length

    read them again. Actually try googling for articles by dance instructors on salsa styles
  4. tacad

    tacad New Member

    Bear in mind that this is now my own little world of ballroom dancing in LA.
    The complex moves (the pretzel stuff) are missing. It is less sexy. There are almost no dancers that are willing to be romantically passionate during the dance as I've described in other threads. Bottom line is that the dancers at the dances I go to are just not as interested in salsa the way they are into the other dances. So they are not as good at it. To be extremely honest I'm a little unsure how the better trained ballroom dancers look in salsa. Good American Style Ballroom dancers in LA are like nomads. They move around and don't congregate in one place.
  5. Josh

    Josh Active Member

    I think this is a very good list of characteristics in defining a 'style' of dance ... it seems to me that #4 is the most determining factor that differentiates "Ballroom" from "Street" salsa. Salsa learned in a dance class with private instruction often focuses on sharpness of movements (does "there IS a hold on the 4 and 8!" sound familiar?) whereas street (shouldn't this really be called "club"--I mean, how many turns can one do on asphalt/concrete? :wink: ) seems to be more fluid. Does this seem to be a reasonable observation, or am I off?
  6. itorres

    itorres New Member

    Thanks for praising the list. My goal is to eventually gather info and create a chart which defines styles according to these and possibly other factors. Names and definitions of styles are thrown about without accuracy.

    Implicitly in your second sentence you reinforce my notion that people are differentiating Street Salsa as one picked up without much formal training and Ballroom as one learned in a studio.

    Definitely the word "Club" is widely used.

    I'm not sure if one is more fluid than the other. I guess it depends on the individual dancer's style. Additionally I would expect the trained dancer (Ballroom?) to be more fluid because of the beeter technique in footwork, leading and such. So he would have better "weapons" at his disposal, it's a matter of using them.

    Another useful device for defining style is reaching a consensus about which dancers/videos/teachers represent a style more accurately. A benchmark if you we can compare and contrast. :)
  7. alemana

    alemana New Member

    what's the goal of the chart? or should i take that question to the "engineers and dancing" thread? :)
  8. itorres

    itorres New Member

    The goal of the chart is accurately describing styles and summarizing the information gathered to use as a reference for people who want to learn what a particular style is and looks like.

    It sounds overly technical perhaps, but it's the only way to clarify this. As I said before, people all over the world say this style is this and that and cannot describe it accurately. Then someone posts and describes "X" Style and then many take that as an accurate description without knowing where the info came from and propagate it all over. :shock:

    We need more accurate descriptions than "it's more formal", "it follows the ballroom etiquette", "it's more tamed down", etc.

    In any discipline, it is the nature of people to want to classify and apply labels to describe complex things (like dance styles). So it's essential to understand what characteristics are similar or different between so-called styles.

    There are strict technical differences between "Salsa styles" which are more objective, and there are other regional/stylistic differences in attitude, feeling, move selection and such (subjective).

    For example, the primary technical difference between styles I feel is Basic step pattern and timing.
    - Power 2 and On 1 have the same step pattern, but different timing.
    - On 1 and ET 2 have the same timing, but different pattern.
    - LA style and Cuban and Columbian have the same On 1 timing, but different step patterns.
    - Puerto Rico Style (still not sure what that is and I live in PR :) ) can be danced On 1 and On 2. We switch between the two depending on our partner and we dance with the same moves, attitude, etc. So we can't say PR style depends on whether it is On 1 or On 2.

    So in these cases, we need to specify what makes the difference.
  9. alemana

    alemana New Member

    oh. i thought maybe you were interested in it.
  10. tacad

    tacad New Member

    I was looking for a quote. But there are so many threads on this, and I scanned through some... I think I'm just going to dance.
  11. Danish Guy

    Danish Guy New Member

    Some Cubans dance on 3. (Have tried that)

    What is called N.Y. style in my town is danced on 1.

    The rules and style change everyday.

    There is so much inspiration, borrowing and implementing
    from other styles.

    You need to get down to the different dance schools
    and clubs to sample the major style there.
    Then call it “club name” vintage 2005.
    Next year will be different.

    My 2 cent
  12. africana

    africana New Member

    :lol: amen
  13. Sagitta

    Sagitta Well-Known Member

    yup, yup, yup...yeah, indeed,
  14. itorres

    itorres New Member

    I answered your "what's the goal of the chart?" question.
    But I didin't understand the "or should i take that question to the "engineers and dancing" thread?"
    I thought it was sarcasm. :roll:

    Then I didn't understand...
    I thought, interested in what :?: Don't tell me the engineers thread is a real thread? Holy cow, it is! :shock: (and I found it quite interesting, too. There are others out there like me. There's a place to vent! :) )

    So, sorry for the misunderstanding... :oops:
  15. alemana

    alemana New Member

    what i meant was: the desire to taxonomize the messy world of salsa is something some people feel and some don't. you clearly do, and i was trying to get to the "why" of that.
  16. Josh

    Josh Active Member

    I'm not using "fluid" in the sense of "looks better" ... when I say "fluid" I am trying to convey less pause on the 4 and 8 counts, less sharpness, etc. Again, I could be totally wrong, but when I see those who have been trained, the dancing sometimes appears more precise, sharp.

    The only illustration I can think of (maybe not a good one) is a car changing lanes quickly versus slowly--a low-to-the-ground sports car which does a fast lane change looks tight, balanced, in control, sharp. A car which changes lanes slowly looks more at ease, relaxed, and the movement is, in some ways, more natural looking. Neither is better or worse, they are just different and appeal to different tastes. Make sense?
  17. itorres

    itorres New Member

    Ok, I get it. The key word is "precise". I believe the illusion is caused by trained dancers accurately stepping on the beats they should eg. 1-2-3, 5-6-7 or whatever. Then you see a more defined pause on 4 and 8.
    Many untrained dancers are not aware of the beats on which they should be stepping on. Their steps sort of blend together to the point it might take you a while to figure out what pattern and timing they're using.

    I often see them get into just an overall feeling of "going forward, going back" but the footwork is not there. There are many untrained dancers that know 357 turns and combinations, can lead them, look stylish enough but just standing there while leading turns without moving their feet until the combination is over and they need to start the basic again.
  18. Josh

    Josh Active Member

    Exactly what I was trying to say! Thanks for clarifying my confusing description...
  19. africana

    africana New Member

    I don't you guys are saying a trained dancer is NOT fluid i.e. the steps are more defined and trained dancer=ballroom, but the untrained aka hunched over street dancer blends sloppy footowkr together is thus IS fluid??

    all kinds of fallacies here and many other statements on this thread...grr
  20. SDsalsaguy

    SDsalsaguy Administrator Staff Member

    ditto. :(

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