Salsa around the world

#1
Where have you salsa danced? How was it?

I have Salsa dance in

Seattle, WA - Halo, See Sound, Century, Mojitos, Rock Salt, Babalu's,
China harbor, Triple Door, and other places.
Vancouver, British Columbia -
San Francisco, CA - Café Cócomo
Los Angeles, CA - Rumba Room, Granada, The Mayan
San Diego, CA
Columbia, SC- Salsa Cabana
Augusta, GA-
Atlanta, GA - Sanctuary
Manhattan, NY
Anchorage, AK - Downtown - Club Soraya
Manila, Philippines - Café Havana Greenbelt
El paso, TX - Wet 1550 Hawkins DR, Dominics, Shundo
Las Vegas, NV - South Point Casino, Fiesta Rancho Casino, and La Costa Grill
Chicago, IL - Latin Bliss(more like a Latin Club)
Okinawa, Japan
attempted but wasnt a salsa club in Phoenix, AZ

Best Places were Seattle -Century Ballroom & See sound lounge
Los Angeles - The Granada
 
#2
Dancing Salsa in Europe

I know this thread is old, but hey, maybe it will come to life again.

I have danced in Germany, Italy, Spain, France and the Netherlands, in Australia and and a little in New Zealand. I liked Australia and the Netherlands the best, the dutch dancers are awesome !!!

I am also loving dancing Brazilain style zouk, but it is hard to find places to go out dancing. It is not as popular as Salsa :)

It is kind of annoying that it is so hard to find clubs and parties to go dancing in a new city. All the locals know, but until you know people, it is just luck.
 
#6
Other than the UK, I've danced in Estonia, Spain, Mexico, USA, Cuba and off the coast of Tahiti.

Dancing in Cuba was interesting, as I learned that just because your in the home of salsa, doesn't mean to say everyone knows how to dance salsa. The three Cuban women I did try dancing with were great dancers, but two did not know a thing of salsa, and the third did not recognise any of my leads. Which is quite understandable as at the time I was primarily experienced with LA style. And the Cuban's often don't dance to such a rigid set of rules.

Funnily enough the best dancing experience I had in Cuba was when I danced with a French Canadian. Not what I expected.
 

tangotime

Well-Known Member
#9
Other than the UK, I've danced in Estonia, Spain, Mexico, USA, Cuba and off the coast of Tahiti.

Dancing in Cuba was interesting, as I learned that just because your in the home of salsa, doesn't mean to say everyone knows how to dance salsa. The three Cuban women I did try dancing with were great dancers, but two did not know a thing of salsa, and the third did not recognise any of my leads. Which is quite understandable as at the time I was primarily experienced with LA style. And the Cuban's often don't dance to such a rigid set of rules.

Funnily enough the best dancing experience I had in Cuba was when I danced with a French Canadian. Not what I expected.

Actually, you were in the "home " of Son and Mambo.. Salsa is a NYC derivative. Many cubanos, dance Casino and Son.
 
#10
Actually, you were in the "home " of Son and Mambo.. Salsa is a NYC derivative. Many cubanos, dance Casino and Son.
Hi Tangotime. I'm afraid I'm going to have to respectively disagree with you there. Cuban salsa otherwise known as Casino salsa was formed in the 1950's and was derived in part from the Cuban Son, together with African, Haiti and Puerto Rican elements. Mambo was also derived from Son and was later in the 1960's a major element in the development of New York salsa. So Casino salsa came a decade before New York salsa.
 

tangotime

Well-Known Member
#11
Hi Tangotime. I'm afraid I'm going to have to respectively disagree with you there. Cuban salsa otherwise known as Casino salsa was formed in the 1950's and was derived in part from the Cuban Son, together with African, Haiti and Puerto Rican elements. Mambo was also derived from Son and was later in the 1960's a major element in the development of New York salsa. So Casino salsa came a decade before New York salsa.
The style danced in Cuba in the 40s and 50s was called casino ( because THATS where it was danced ) . Yes, Mambo was derived from Son( the music yes ) the dance, no ; it ,was a bye product of Bolero and Danzon.

And ,Casino "Salsa", is a bit of an oxymoron . Cuban Casino, is a truer descriptive name .My dance site, is quite definitive in descriptive terms. Salsa has its " branches " which are truly distinct from the Cuban styles I dance and teach, and really should be kept separate .


There are many clips from the 40s of casino style dancing from Cuba .The Son Guaracha, which was a dominant musical form in Mambo, in the 50s , did come out of Cuba ( one can see it danced in 30s and 40s movies, and "we " taught this in the studios in the 50s ).

And of course ,NY salsa was much later ( in the early 70s) altho some say the late 60s, but I dont re call seeing that ; and , I worked in NY dance schools in the 60s ( and LA in the 50s ).

Mambo "music " was written as early as 1938 by Cachao( Israel Lopez ).. and the dance started to evolve some time after, copying steps from the established form of Bolero . In matter of fact, one of the first recorded references to the word Salsa, was in a radio program,in NYC in 1969 .

As to African origins, of course they are the roots of Latin, but, the current forms of social dance ,from Mambo to Cha cha, are just extensions and hybrids of all those rhythms, including all the Son rhythms . Yes, the " islands "( Cuba of course the major role ) did play their part in the evolution of music and dance, as most know, but the larger development emerged, when it all reached States-side .

As an interesting aside, many musicians will tell you there is no such thing as salsa " music ".. no one can actually define it ( as the many musicologists on salsa forums have noted ). The word, has little direct application, other than marketing .
 
#14
Where have you salsa danced? How was it?

I have Salsa dance in

Seattle, WA - Halo, See Sound, Century, Mojitos, Rock Salt, Babalu's,
China harbor, Triple Door, and other places.
Vancouver, British Columbia -
San Francisco, CA - Café Cócomo
Los Angeles, CA - Rumba Room, Granada, The Mayan
San Diego, CA
Columbia, SC- Salsa Cabana
Augusta, GA-
Atlanta, GA - Sanctuary
Manhattan, NY
Anchorage, AK - Downtown - Club Soraya
Manila, Philippines - Café Havana Greenbelt
El paso, TX - Wet 1550 Hawkins DR, Dominics, Shundo
Las Vegas, NV - South Point Casino, Fiesta Rancho Casino, and La Costa Grill
Chicago, IL - Latin Bliss(more like a Latin Club)
Okinawa, Japan
attempted but wasnt a salsa club in Phoenix, AZ

Best Places were Seattle -Century Ballroom & See sound lounge
Los Angeles - The Granada
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