Salsa > Should I dance Salsa if I don't like Salsa music?

Discussion in 'Salsa' started by ticolora, Jan 25, 2017.

  1. ticolora

    ticolora Member

    I do not enjoy Salsa music very much. I don't distaste it, it just doesn't move (emote) me as much as other genre (e.g. this song does "Covenant, The Beauty And The Grace"). Closest to Salsa song I enjoy is "Jesse Cook - Mario Takes a Walk".

    However, Salsa is a practical dance - there are many dance clubs in town that play that music. I also enjoy other parts of salsa - moves, rhythm, look, style.

    What should I do?
    Is it possible to learn to like a different music genre?
    Should I give up Salsa because I will never be really good at it (talking about musicality)?
    Is it feasible to go to a different venue and dance Salsa to techno with my partner (8-count is 8-count, right?)

    Just looking for opinions here.
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  2. tangotime

    tangotime Well-Known Member

    I do not get, why you would dance/learn, to music you dislike...

    However, if you do embark to salsa , do NOT learn to non salsa music. The score/instruments ,that make salsa what it is, will not reflect the dance/ genre .

    Counts signify only, the number of beats , to 2 bars of music, and salsa, is much more complex than that !
  3. ticolora

    ticolora Member

    That is a fair question.
    I want to learn to dance a partner dance, and dance it socially.
    Out of all partner dances out there, Salsa is the one that is the most available:
    1) there are plenty of instructors who teach it.
    2) there are plenty of women who dance it.
    3) and most importantly, there are plenty of places where I can dance Salsa music.
    4) my wife likes Salsa the most out of all couple dances.

    I like the dance, I am just not really inspired by the music.

    As an example, suppose I _really_ want to learn a second language. I would prefer to learn Japanese because I admire Japanese culture. Unfortunately, the reality is - in a small town I live there are no Japanese speakers or teachers who can teach Japanese, however there are plenty of Spanish speakers who I can practice with, my wife speaks Spanish fluently, and Spanish tutors are readily available. So, yes, I should win a lottery and move to Japan to learn language I really want to learn, but the reality is - learning Spanish is much more practical, even if not as exciting. Should I give up on learning second language all together? or make do with what I have?
  4. RiseNFall

    RiseNFall Well-Known Member

    There are genres of music that I really like dancing to, but I would never listen to the music for non-dancing.
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  5. ticolora

    ticolora Member

    Yes! Like that. Thank you. Now I want an advice, whether I should keep dance to it, learn to love it, or do something else.
  6. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

    Learn to love it or do something else. Do you like lindy/swing music or Argentine tango music ? If so try those
  7. Nik20

    Nik20 New Member

    Have you tried listening to Cuban Timba music? A lot of Timba music is faster paced and more rhythmically complex than Salsa music, so it might just offer you another avenue. Although to dance really effectively to Timba you'd be best to find a "Casino" (Cuban partner dance) class, there are many Cuban Salsa classes that also play Timba. Just a thought.
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  8. Newdancer81

    Newdancer81 Active Member

    What about learning kizomba or bachata? Those are fairly available socially as well.
  9. FancyFeet

    FancyFeet Well-Known Member

    I think it depends on your goals. If your primary goal is to become a competent social dancer who can dance pretty much anywhere, and you live in an area where salsa is commonly played at socials/clubs, then you'd likely want to include salsa as one of your dances.

    I like (on the rare occasion I go to a social) that I can dance: the 10 international dances (waltz, tango, foxtrot, Viennese, quickstep, chacha, rumba, samba, jive, paso), smooth waltz and FT, rhythm rumba, salsa, hustle, bachata and merengue. I can also fake a passable mambo. That means that the only dance I'm sitting out on is argentine... which is very rarely played at socials around here - unless you are at a milonga - and which I don't particularly enjoy anyway. I focus on the international 10 - and the 5 standard more - because that is what I like. (Actually, I'd quite happily focus on a sub-set of the 5, but competing in open means all 5 must be done. Boo.)

    There isn't a right or wrong way to decide which dances to learn. It's about what it right for you... decide to focus on one or two and master them, or decide to learn a broad coverage to a passable level are both valid approaches, as are a bunch of things in between. I think it's pretty common to sample broadly at first, then focus a bit as you figure out what you like.
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  10. DanceMentor

    DanceMentor Administrator

    One noteworthy thing to mention. I have found that when you play an instrument, often you appreciation of music expands. I think you might benefit from learning to play some music, not necessarily salsa. But doing this might help you appreciate more deeply some of the instruments and rhythms used to produce the music.

    I played music, and I like so many different types, even borderline outright, foolish sounding music. :)
    (btw, grammar check this sentence! How is my use of commas, adjectives, and adverbs?)
  11. opendoor

    opendoor Well-Known Member

    That's fantastic, ticolora, so you won't get addicted to salsa (though you are dancing)!
  12. muzikdinle

    muzikdinle New Member

  13. tangotime

    tangotime Well-Known Member

    That is probably the worst song on the planet, for a salsa dance performance. And, even tho it's a "performance ", it's really not representative of " salsa" .

    Go to Salsa Forums, and check out the vid. section for a range of salsa styles ( NOT B/Room ! ) .
  14. vit

    vit Active Member

    Well, it suits that kind of show and typical audience perfectly :p
  15. tangotime

    tangotime Well-Known Member

    Yea.. lets keep em in the dark !!
  16. ivyvaine23

    ivyvaine23 New Member

    I think there's a fine line between dancing to the music and listening to that music in your free time. In my case, I can perfectly separate between the music that I dance to and the music that I like to listen to. For example, I enjoy rock music a lot and listen to it way more than any other dance music. But that's just me.
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  17. vit

    vit Active Member

    If I were to dance to that music only, I would definitively abandon dancing of any kind ...
  18. Salsa Bachata Remix

    Salsa Bachata Remix New Member

    Well - this has been taken from my bio page -
    ''If you, like me, have been dancing salsa or bachata for quite a while, you’ve probably noticed – whether it’s a class or a party, there are some songs which are being played over and over and over again.

    I have been salsa instructor for more than ten years and even without talking Spanish there are some salsa songs I can sing from start to finish. I know every single break and change in melody.

    I have also noticed that most of these more popular songs are from 90s, 80s and even 70s. So one day a question popped into my mind – for how long are we going to dance to the same old songs?

    I love salsa and bachata, but I want to be able to enjoy dancing to songs I really like as well, so I taught myself some simple, specific percussion patterns, started going through my playlists and mixed a couple of my favorite songs.

    Most of the mixes you’ll find on this website are made with just some simple clave or congo rhythms, but if you are anything like me, you will soon find that even these simple added latin beats can make your favorite songs into unforgettable salsa/bachata night experience.''

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