How to Dance Salsa Puerto Rican Style?

What Is Puerto Rican Style Salsa? | Salsa Dancing

What are the characteristics of dancing salsa Puerto Rican style?

Puerto Rican Salsa Lines are clean, shoulder shimmies abound and arm movements are circular. There is also an emphasis on dancing to Clave rhythm (2/3 clave). As dancers break away from their partners, they execute complicated and fast solo footwork called “shines” for the audience, as soloists.

How many salsa styles are there?

There are two main styles of salsa: linear and circular. In linear salsa, dancers remain in their “slot”, switching places from one side of the slot to the other, similar to West Coast Swing. New York style salsa and LA style salsa are both danced in this fashion.

Do Puerto Ricans like to dance?

Dance and music are essential when describing the energy and vibrancy of Puerto Rico. They are the epitome of traditional expressions of the Island’s culture and heritage. Most dance steps are synced to a specific rhythm and genre, and the music usually shares the same name.

Is it hard to learn salsa?

I can tell you that it takes around three to four months to get to basic level of salsa. If you attend classes twice a week and practice on your own another two hours a week you will be able to dance the basics of salsa soon. The learning gets harder and takes more time after the beginner level though.

Is salsa dance fast?

The tempo is fast and the energy is exuberant. Salsa can be thrilling with fast spins and turns and fancy shines but you don’t have to be intimidated. With a good Salsa teacher, you can learn how to enjoy this beautiful dance and immerse yourself into the world of Salsa.

Is salsa more difficult than Bachata?

Bachata definitely is easier, but it’s just the way that it works, which is having four beats instead of Salsa which has eight. Bachata is the sexy one. Even though the count is up to eight, it is considered a four-beat dance.

Should I learn salsa On1 or On2?

On1 timing connects more to the phrasing and melody in the music. On2 timing connects more to the instruments in the music. You can dance On2 a few different ways depending on which instruments are prominent. The timing you choose to dance on is just a preference, neither is better than the other!

What does On2 mean in salsa?

The only difference between salsa on1 and on2 is the beat you are breaking on. On1 you break forward on the 1st beat in the measure of the music. On2 you are breaking on the 2nd beat in the music. This is the difference. There aren’t any different steps, or better steps in on1 or on2.

How do you count salsa music?

Salsa music is counted in 8 beat phrases. These 8 beats constitute two “musical measures” of 4 beats each. A clave is a simple but important percussion instrument—that is basically two sticks of wood that are hit together.

What is the time signature of salsa music?

Traditionally salsa uses a 4/4 time signature. It’s often played in groups of eight beats. Of the two measures, you will use one for each side of your body. Females would commence a cycle with their right foot, and males with their left.

What is the origin story of salsa dance?

Salsa originated in the 1900s in Cuba, where rhythms from the two main existing styles of music in the region (Cuban Son and Afro-Cuban rumba) were combined to create a new dance. This new rhythm was combined with American jazz and taken to New York by Cuban musicians.


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