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Smooth Street Ballroom Studios, Inc.
Corporate Headquarters
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Great Neck, NY 11021
Phone: (877)453-6501
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Dance lessons provided in all 5 NYC Boroughs and Long Island serving all the following areas:

Manhattan:

Battery Park City, Carnegie Hill, Chelsea, Chinatown, Clinton, East Harlem, East Village, Financial District, Flatiron District, Governors Island, Gramercy Park, Greenwich Village, Hamilton Heights, Harlem, Inwood, Lenox Hill, Liberty Island, Little Italy, Lower East Side, Manhattan, Manhattan Valley, Marble Hill, Midtown, Morningside Heights, Murray Hill, New York, NoHo, Randalls Island, Roosevelt Island, SoHo, Stuyvesant Town, Sutton Place, Times Square, Tribeca, Tudor City, Turtle Bay, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Wards Island, Washington Heights and Yorkville.

Queens:

Arverne, Astoria, Auburndale, Bayside, Beechhurst, Bellaire, Belle Harbor, Bellerose, Blissville, Breezy Point, Briarwood, Broad Channel, Cambria Heights, College Point,  Corona, Douglaston, East Elmhurst, Edgemere, Elmhurst, Far Rockaway, Flushing, Forest Hills, Fresh Meadows, Fresh Pond, Glen Oaks, Glendale, Hillcrest, Hollis, Holliswood, Howard Beach, Hunters Point, Jackson Heights, Jamaica, Jamaica Estates, Jamaica Hills, Kew Gardens, Laurelton, Lefrak City, Linden Hill, Lindenwood, Little Neck, Long Island City, Malba, Maspeth, Middle Village, Murray Hill, Neponsit, Oakland Gardens, Ozone Park, Pomonok, Queens (borough), Queens Village, Queensboro Hill, Rego Park, Richmond Hill, Ridgewood, Rockaway Park, Rockaway Point, Rosedale, Saint Albans, Seaside, South Jamaica, South Ozone Park, Springfield Gardens, Steinway, Sunnyside, Utopia, Wave Crest, Whitestone, Woodhaven and, Woodside.

Long Island:

Nassau County:

Albertson, Alden Manor, Atlantic Beach, Baldwin, Baldwin Harbor, Barnum Island, Baxter Estates, Bayville, Bellerose, Bellerose Terrace, Bellmore, Bethpage, Brookville, Carle Place, Cedarhurst, Centre Island, Cove Neck, East Atlantic Beach, East Hills, East Massapequa, East Meadow, East Norwich, East Rockaway, East Williston, Elmont, Farmingdale, Floral Park, Flower Hill, Franklin Square, Freeport, Garden City, Garden City Park, Garden City South, Glen Cove, Glen Head, Glenwood Landing, Great Neck, Great Neck Estates, Great Neck Plaza, Greenvale, Harbor Hills, Harbor Isle, Hempstead, Hempstead Village, Herricks, Hewlett, Hewlett Bay Park, Hewlett Harbor
Hewlett Neck, Hicksville, Inwood, Island Park, Jericho, Kensington, Kings Point, Lake Success, Lakeview,
Lattingtown, Laurel Hollow, Lawrence, Levittown, Lido Beach, Locust Grove, Locust Valley, Long Beach, 
Lynbrook, Malverne, Manhasset, Manhasset Hills, Manorhaven, Massapequa, Massapequa Park, Matinecock,  
Meadowmere Park, Merrick, Mill Neck, Mineola, Munsey Park, Muttontown, New Cassel, New Hyde Park,  
North Bellmore, North Hempstead, North Hills, North Massapequa, North Merrick, North New Hyde Park, 
North Valley Stream, North Wantagh, North Woodmere, Oceanside, Old Bethpage, Old Brookville, Old Westbury, 
Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove, Plainedge, Plainview, Plandome, Plandome Heights, Plandome Manor, Point Lookout, Port Washington, Port Washington North, Rockville Centre, Roosevelt, Roslyn, Roslyn Estates, Roslyn Harbor, Roslyn Heights, Russell Gardens, Saddle Rock, Saddle Rock Estates, Sands Point, Sea Cliff, Seaford,  
Searingtown, South Farmingdale, South Floral Park, South Hempstead, Stewart Manor, Syosset, Thomaston, 
Uniondale, University Gardens, Upper Brookville, Valley Stream, Wantagh, Westbury, West Hempstead, 
Williston Park, Woodbury, Woodmere and Woodsburgh.

Suffolk County:

Amagansett, Amity Harbor, Amityville, Apaquogue, Aquebogue, Asharoken, Babylon, Babylon Baiting Hollow, Bay Point, Bay Shore, Bayport, Beach Hampton, Belle Terre, Bellport, Blue Point, Bohemia, Brentwood, Bridgehampton, Brightwaters, Brookhaven, Calverton, Captree Island, Center Moriches, Centereach, Centerport, Central Islip, Cherry Grove, Cold Spring Harbor, Commack, Copiague, Coram, Crab Meadow, Cutchogue, Davis Park, Deer Park, Dering Harbor, Dix Hills, East Farmingdale, East Hampton, East Hampton, East Islip, East Marion, East Moriches, East Northport, East Patchogue, East Quogue, East Setauket, Eastport, Eatons Neck, Elwood, Fair Harbor, Farmingville, Fire Island, Fire Island Pines, Fishers Island, Flanders, Fort Salonga, Gardiners Island, Gilgo Beach, Gordon Heights, Great River, Greenlawn, Greenport, Halesite, Hampton Bays, Hauppauge, Head of the  Harbor, Holbrook, Holtsville, Huntington, Huntington Bay, Huntington Station, Islandia, Islip, Islip Terrace, Jamesport, Kings Park, Kismet, Lake Grove, Lake Ronkonkoma, Laurel, Lindenhurst, Lloyd Harbor, Lloyd Neck, Manorville, Mastic, Mastic Beach, Mattituck, Medford, Melville, Middle Island, Miller Place, Montauk, Moriches, Mount Sinai, Napeague, Nesconset, New Suffolk, Nissequogue, North Amityville, North Babylon, North Bay,  Shore, North Bellport, North Great River, North Haven, North Lindenhurst, North Patchogue,  North Sea, Northport, Noyack, Oak Beach, Oakdale, Ocean Bay Park, Ocean Beach, Old Field, Old Mastic, Orient, Orient Point, Patchogue, Peconic, Plum Island, Poquott, Port Jefferson, Quioque, Quogue, Remsenburg, Ridge, Riverhead, Robins Island, Rocky Point, Ronkonkoma, Sag Harbor, Sagaponack, Saint James, Saltaire, San Remo, Sayville, Seaview, Selden, Setauket, Shelter Island, Shelter Island Heights, Shirley, Shoreham, Smithtown, Sound Beach, South Huntington, South Jamesport, South Setauket, Southampton, Southampton, Southold, Speonk, Springs, Star Island, Stony Brook, Terryville, Upton, Village of the Branch, Wading River, Wainscott, Water Mill, West Babylon, West Bay Shore, West Gilgo Beach, West Hampton Dunes, West Hills, West Islip, West Sayville, Westhampton, Westhampton Beach, Wheatley Heights, Wincoma, Wyandanch and Yaphank.

 Brooklyn

Bath Beach, Bay Ridge, Bedford-Stuyvesant Bensonhurst, Bergen Beach, Boerum Hill, Borough Park, Brighton Beach, Broadway Junction, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, Brownsville, Bushwick, Canarsie, Carroll Gardens, City Line, Clinton Hill, Cobble Hill, Coney Island, Crown Heights, Cypress Hills, Ditmas Park, Downtown Brooklyn, Dyker Heights, East Flatbush, East New York, Flatbush, Flatlands, Fort Greene, Fort Hamilton, Fulton Ferry, Georgetown, Gerritsen Beach, Gowanus, Gravesend, Greenpoint, Highland Park, Homecrest, Kensington, Manhattan Beach, Marine Park, Midwood, Mill Basin, New Lots, Ocean Hill, Ocean Parkway, Paerdegat Basin, Park Slope, Plum Beach, Prospect Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Prospect Park South, Red Hook, Remsen Village, Rugby, Sea Gate, Sheepshead Bay, Spring Creek, Sunset Park, Vinegar Hill, Williamsburg, Windsor Terrace and Wingate.

Bronx

Baychester, Bedford Park, Belmont, Bronx, Castle Hill, City Island, Clason Point, Country Club, Eastchester, Edgewater Park, Fieldston, Fordham, Hart Island, High Bridge, Hunts Point, Kings Bridge, Longwood, Melrose, Morris Park, Morrisania, Mott Haven, Mount Eden, Mount Hope, Norwood, Olinville, Parkchester, Pelham Bay, Port Morris, Rikers Island, Riverdale, Schuylerville, Soundview, Spuyten, Duyvil, Throgs Neck, Unionport, University Heights, Van Nest, Wakefield, West Farms, Westchester, Westchester Square, Williamsbridge and Woodlawn.

Staten Island

Annadale, Arden Heights, Arlington, Arrochar, Bay Terrace, Bloomfield, Bulls Head, Castleton Corners, Charleston, Chelsea, Clifton, Concord, Dongan Hills, Elm Park, Eltingville, Emerson Hill, Graniteville, Grant City, Grasmere, Great Kills, Greenridge, Grymes Hill, Heartland Village, Howland Hook, Huguenot, Lighthouse Hill, Mariners Harbor, Midland Beach, New Brighton, New Dorp, New Springville, Oakwood, Old Town, Port Ivory, Port Richmond, Prince's Bay, Randall Manor, Richmond Town, Richmond Valley, Rosebank, Saint George, Shore Acres, Silver Lake, South Beach, Stapleton, Staten Island, Sunnyside, Todt Hill, Tompkinsville, Tottenville, Travis, West New Brighton, Westerleigh and Woodrow.

 

 

 

 

 





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3 Ways Dance Lessons Can Give You Higher Levels of Confidence, Energy and Enthusiasm

3 Ways Dance Lessons Can Give You Higher Levels of Confidence, Energy and Enthusiasm

Wouldn’t if be great if everyday you had so much energy, so much confidence and so much enthusiasm that you could accomplish anything that you set your mind to do? Below are just three ways dance lessons benefits your life:

1.  Dance lessons increase your energy. It’s been proven that any regular physical activity increases your energy levels. Practicing dance lessons is no exception. Plus, the additional benefits and effects of training dance lessons take this increased energy to another level. Read on to find out more…
2. Dance lessons increase confidence. Dance lessons helps you create a self awareness like no other physical activity. You’ll also be able to get (and keep) your body and mind in tune with one another. By training a dance art, you will learn how to physically defend yourself. This ability gives you the confidence to control yourself in stressful situations. You’ll find that you’ll soon be able to defend yourself physically, emotionally and mentally – and, in turn, excel in your endeavors!
3. Dance lessons increases your enthusiasm. Once you find a dance lessons style, school and instructor that suit your needs and help you reach your goals, you’ll become so enthusiastic about your dance art experience that you’ll tell everyone you know. In addition to that, this enthusiasm (along with your increased energy and confidence) will carry over to other plessons of your life. Just think about it: If you are full of energy and have the confidence to reach your goals, you are going to be enthusiastic about your job, your family, your hobbies, and your life.

Just imagine, after even a few weeks of training in dance lessons you’ll be able to concentrate, focus and reach for whatever goals you want.

Now, we know that everyone has different goals in their lives – but that’s the beauty of dance lessons. The energy, confidence and enthusiasm you gain from dance lessons can be directed towards virtually any goal you have in mind. You’ll be able to work hard towards that promotion. You’ll be able to keep your family life moving smoothly. You’ll be able to reduce your stress while increasing your success.

Give it a try. You owe it to yourself to increase your energy, confidence, and enthusiasm. Make a commitment to start becoming unstoppable today and give us a call at (877)453-6501.

Dance Lessons and Children

Often, children are enrolled in dance lessons for vastly different reasons. You may want your child to develop self-discipline, a more respectful attitude, or get better grades. Perhaps you'd like to give your child the opportunity to experience individualized achievement. Whatever your main goal, you can count on dance lessons to increase your child's self-esteem.
Dance lessons focus the child's attention on moves and activities that require a great deal of self discipline to learn. Children are taught skills that not only allow them to master the positions and movements of their routines, but also improve their skills in daily life. The belt system is a very important tool that provides not only a goal but great positive reinforcement as well. As the children advance through the various levels, they learn what they are capable of, self control, respect for themselves and others and patience.

The Peace and Power of Dance

These days, it's widely accepted around the world that stress plays a major role in physical as well as emotional disorders.

BALLROOM DANCE AND LATIN DANCE RESOURCES
  • Ballroom Dance Organizations:
    USABDA: United States Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association— 
    (USA Dancesports, Colleges & Universities, Social & Recreational, Magazines, Chapters, Events, Comps, Press)
    USABDA Youth & College Network (YCN)  (Social Dancers, DanceSport Competitors, Youth & College Dancers, Membership & Benefits, Press Center)
    United States Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing  (About the Society, Mission, History, Newsletters, Publications, Membership, Exams & Medal Tests, Related Sites)
    NDCA: The National Dance Council of America  (Directories, Events, News & Press Releases, Information, Registration & Store, Search for a Member)
    Ballroom Dancing Worldwide  (List of dance organizations and societies from Argentina to Yugoslavia)
    International Dance Council  (Introduction, Members, Visitors, Press releases, Dance Directory, Publications, News)
  • Ballroom Dance Clubs:
    Brown Ballroom Dancing— (Class & Room Schedules, Special Events, Pictures, Private Lessons, Links)
     
    Cornell Ballroom Dance Club— 
    (Classes, Events, Pictures, Mailing List, Dance Organizations, Dance Supplies, Dance Library, Useful Dance Sites)
    Harvard Ballroom— 
    (Intro & FAQ, Dance Stuff, Social Dancing, Classes, Calendar, Guide to Local Dancing, Competitive Dancing)
    MIT Ballroom Dance Club— 
    (Overview, Club History, Workshops, Dance Parties, Formation Teams, Music, Dance Links)
    San Jose State University Ballroom Dance Club  
    (Class Schedule, Special Events)
    Stanford Ballroom Dance Club— 
    (Events, Outings, Etiquette, Dance FAQs, Volunteers, Dance Links)
    University of California Berkeley Ballroom Dancers — 
    (Current Schedule, Events & Outings, DanceSport, Competitions, FAQ, Elsewhere in the Bay, Directions & Map)
    University of Pennsylvania Ballroom Dance Society—
    (Club, Classes, Team, Photos, Links, Email)
    Yale Ballroom Dance— 
    (Club, Team, Events, Schedule, Competition, Links)
  • Ballroom Dance Articles:
    BALLROOM DANCING: The Russians Are Coming, Stepping Lightly (By JOSEPH BERGER, June 11, 2003)
    Before Dancers There Must Be Dance Teachers— 
    (by Jennifer Dunning, New York Times, April 28, 2002)
    And One and Two: The Dancers Are Off!— 
    (by Shayna Samuels, New York Times, April 21, 2002)
    Dance History Leaps to Life in the Archives— 
    (by Jennifer Dunning, New York Times, January 18, 2002)
    History of Modern Ballroom Dancing— 
    (by Don Herbson-Evans, Central Queensland University, Bundaberg, Australia, October 11, 1999)
    History of Latin-American Dancing— 
    (by Don Herbson-Evans, University of Sydney, Australia, September 20, 1999)
    Trends in Ballroom Dancing (by Dolly Reynolds)— 
    (An overview of popular dancing in America from the Swing era in the 1920s to the Argentine Tango of 1990s)
    Ballroom Dancing Gains New Popularity on Campus—
    (by Ethan Bronner, New York Times, January 1, 1999)
    Choreographer Has Line On Lively Steps— 
    (by Marcia Kaplan, San Francisco Chronicle, March 19, 1999)
    IN THE SWING: The Peninsula's vintage dancers kick up their heels with authority— 
    (by Kimberly Chun, San Francisco Chronicle, July 10, 1998)
    Passing Up Hip-Hop for the Lindy Hop— 
    (by Maitland Zane, San Francisco Chronicle, April 3, 1998)
    SHALL WE DANCE?: Sure, because charming Japanese comedy takes all the right steps— 
    (by Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle, July 18, 1997)
    Masayuki Suo's Whole Wide Whirl Japanese director's Shall We Dance has brought audiences to their feet— 
    (by Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle, July 13, 1997)
    Strictly Ballroom: It takes two to tango, and talent to win, in competitive dance— 
    (by Octavio Roca, San Francisco Chronicle, March 9, 1997)
    The Healing Powers Of Dance—
    (by Bill Workman, San Francisco Chronicle, May 10, 1996)
    Have A Ball: Some classy spots to do the waltz or fox-trot— 
    (by Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, March 3, 1996)
    All The Right Moves: PBS goes back to the ballroom— 
    (by John Carman, San Francisco Chronicle, February 7, 1996)
    Dance articles from the London Times 
    (Dozens of dance articles dating back to 1996 from UK's top daily newspaper)
    Stretching and Flexibility (by Brad Appleton)—
    (Physiology of Stretching, Flexibility, Types of Stretching, How to Stretch, Splits, Joint Motion)
    Ballroom Newsletter Articles (Ron & Rebecca Kellen: Prescott, Arizona)— 
    (Characteristics of Dances, Essential Information, History of Dances)
  • Ballroom Dance Music:
    BallroomDanceMusic.info (by George Lindholm)— 
    (By Rhythm, Recommended, New Albums, Albums by Artists, By Record Label, Ballroom related links, Tempos, Help me find...)
    Ballroom Dance Music (BallroomDancers.com)—
    (Browse by Dance Style, Browse by Album, Album Pick of the Week, Song & Ratings)
    Universal Ballroom Dance Music Listings (University of Pennsylvania)— 
    (Sorted by list compiler or by dance type.)
    Our Best Music (University of Pennsylvania)—
    (Top Discs, Argentine Tango, Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Hustle, Jive, Merengue, Paso Doble, Quickstep, Rumba/Bolero, Salsa/Mambo, Samba, Slow Waltz, Swings, Tangos, Viennese Waltz)
  • Cha Cha:
    Cha Cha— 
    (Cha Cha Music, Basic Elements, Featured Steps, Bronze-Silver-Gold Syllabus, Other Dances)
    Characteristics of American Style Cha Cha
    (July 1999 Ballroom Newsletter)
    History of the Cha Cha
    (February 2000 Ballroom Newsletter)

  • Foxtrot:
    Fox Trot Tutorial— 
    (Introduction, Basic Pattern, Left Turn, Conversation Step, Box Step, Turning Box, Side Step, Right Turn)
    Fox Trot: Box Step (Bernice Dubro Dance Studio, Dayton, Ohio)— 
    (Animated Gif of the Fox Trot's Box Step with count & rhythm for steps for man & woman)
    Foxtrot— 
    (History, Description, Overview, Basic Figure, Video Clips, Music)
    Piet Mondrian, Fox Trot; Lozenge Composition with Three Black Lines (1929)— 
    (Oil Painting at the Yale University Art Gallery)
    Fox Trot: The Official Web Site for the Comic Strip FoxTrot by Bill Amend— 
    (Note: When I taught 3rd Graders to design a web page of their favorite things, one student wrote "Foxtrot".
    I asked him when did he learn to do ballroom dancing, and he said "It's a comic strip!")
    History of Foxtrot 
    (October 1998 Ballroom Newsletter)

  • Hustle:
    Hustle Dance Club— 
    (Hustle Dance Club News, Where to Hustle Dance, Dance Club Images, Dance/Disco Links)
    Hustle FAQs—
    (On the count in Hustle, Tempo, Style variation, Rock steps, Character of Hustle, Slotted Hustle)

  • Rumba & Bolero:
    Rumba— 
    (International Style, American Style, Video Clips, Music)
    History of the Rumba 
    (December 1998 Ballroom Newsletter)
    Characteristics of Bolero
    (October 1999 Ballroom Newsletter; suggestions for Bolero danceable music)
    History of Bolero 
    (August 1998 Ballroom Newsletter)

  • Salsa:
    Salsa— 
    (Overview, Basic Figures, Video Clips, Music, Order Videos)
    Josie Neglia's Salsa Site (Josie Neglia: "Dance is life at its most sensational moment")— (What's New?, Video Clips, History Of Salsa Discussion, Photos, Life As A Dancer, Message Board, Chat Rooms, Tips Corner, Looking for Male & Female Partner, Events Calendar, Videos, FAQ, Mailing Lists)
    Characteristics of Salsa Timing 
    (August 2002 Ballroom Newsletter)

  • Swing:
    US Swing Dance Server
    (dance events, clubs, styles, techniques, steps, literature, music, videos, competition, quotes, links)
    Swing Moves 
    (a free, comprehensive, and useful online database of swing dance moves for swingers of all levels and styles)
    The Swing Jive Dance Company 
    (Events Lists, Online Dancing, History of Lindy Hop, Music, Today's Swing Scene)
    FAQ: West Coast Swing—
    (Specific to West Coast Swing, Ladies footwork, J-Lead, Arm tone & Body leads, Tricks for leaders & followers)
    History of East Coast Swing 
    (May 1999 Ballroom Newsletter)
    The Beginning of the Lindy Hop— 
    (Savoy Ballroom in Harlem 1926, Biographies, Motion Pictures, Links, Reading)
    Lindy Hop Links— 
    (116 links from Any Swing Goes to Yehoodi)

  • Tango:
    Argentine Tango Dancing 
    (By Larry E. Carroll: Seven Online Lessons)
    Argentine Tango Music, Tango Lyrics— 
    (News, Artists, Academy, Library, Tango Tracks, Tango Sites)
    Argentine Tango in San Francisco— 
    (Classes, Private Lessons, Parties, Tango Performances, Tango Videos, Tango Resources)
    Algo de Tango 
    (Technique Exercises, Elementary Dance Figures, Lagniappe of the Evening)
    Characteristics of American Style Tango 
    (January 2000 Ballroom Newsletter)
    History of the Tango 
    (April 1999 Ballroom Newsletter)
    Ernesto's Tango Page
    (Argentine Tango: read, listen, watch, and dance the tango— with hundreds of tango links)
    Nora's Tango Week— 
    (Class Schedules, Instructors, Celebration Tango!, History, Photo Gallery, Press, Links)
    Planet Tango— 
    (Complete connection to the world of Argentine Tango)
    Top 100 Tango recordings 
    (Tango music rankings in English, French, and Spanish)
    This Is The Tango 
    (3 hours of excellent radio programs about Tango history with Guadalupe Jolicoeur in 3 Real Audio files from CBC)
    Lausanne Tango Server— 
    (Special Events, Teaching, Library, Music, Dancers, Shows, and Musician Profiles, Fashion, Links)
    Forever Tango 
    (Luis Bravo's internationally acclaimed dance extravaganza from a year on Broadway and the national tour.)
    Northern California Argentine Tango Events— 
    (Compiled by Polo Talnir: La Milonguita Tango Activities List)
    The Stanford Tango Club— 
    (Classes, Practicas, Ben's FAQ, Links, Special Events)
    Tango Primer 
    (Music, Timing, Embrace, La Marca, Improvisation, Glossary)
    Tango, Our Dance— 
    (Articles published in El Firulete, The Argentine Tango Magazine)
    The Women's Technique Class— 
    (By Valorie Hart, El Firulete, The Argentine Tango Magazine, 6-5-2000)
    Radio Cubik Network—
    (Radio Tango, Radio Salsa, Bossa Brazil, Bop City Radio)

  • Two Step:
    Nightclub Two Step
    (Philip Seyer: Interview with Buddy Schwimmer, the creator of this beautiful "new" dance)
    Characteristics of Ballroom Two Step— 
    (February 2001 Ballroom Newsletter)
    History of Ballroom Two Step— 
    (March 2000 Ballroom Newsletter)
    Night Club Two Step (University of Saskatchewan DanceSport Club)— 
    (News, Classes, Articles, Training, Links)
    Night Club Two Step Videos (By Buddy Schmimmer)—
    (You'll find a list of 45 steps in the Beginning-Intermediate-Advanced Two Steps in the two videos)

  • Waltz:
    Waltz Tutorial— 
    (Basic pattern, positioning, leading & following, under arm turns, hesitation, twinkle)
    Welcome to the Waltz— 
    (History, Description, Music)
    American Silver Waltz Routine (Waltz Video in QuickTime)—
    (Promenade, Open Natural Turn, Tiplets, Natural Hesitation Drag, Rise-up Step to Promenade, Fallaway with Slip Pivot)

    Viennese Waltz:
    Viennese Waltz— 
    (Overview, 10 video clips of the basic figures, presented by Jonathan Atkinson & Melissa Winogrand)
    History of Viennese Waltz 
    (March 1999 Ballroom Newsletter)
    Split Tree Waltz Page 
    (Strauss Centennial Waltz Ball, Waltz Page Links, Year of Strauss 1999 100th Anniversary, History of the Waltz)
    Art Print: Viennese Waltz 
    (Hungarian print of "Vien Walz" circa 1820 photographed in Vienna)


  • CALENDAR OF REGULAR SALSA EVENTS
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    WHAT'S "MAMBO ON 2"?
    HOW IT FITS THE MUSIC?
    HOW TO DO IT?

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    NYISC MEET N' GREET & OFFICIAL WELCOME PARTY - NYC - 8PM - 3AM - The 4th NYISC pre-party - A special Wednesday evening mambo event in a Manhattan nightclub for all the Full Pass VIP Package holders, with complementary food & 2 hour open bar, to Meet N Greet each other & afterwards to welcome all the attendees to NY and commemorate the 10th anniversary of the New York Int'l Salsa Congress - with DJ's El Maestro, Ray Colon & Guest DJs - Special performances TBA

    TRAVESURA SALSA WEDNESDAYS @ CAFE NUNEZ - Midtown Manhattan, NYC - 8:00 PM - 1:00 PM or later - FREE - Dance performance TBA - This is an On 2 classic salsa event held in a restaurant / night club - Attended by a friendly crowd of available partners - DJ Alejandro Bouza plays a wide ranging mix of salsa, cha cha plus more - Presented by DJ Alejandro Bouza & Joe Burgos from Piel Canela Dancers

    SALSA WEDNESDAYS @ LQ - NYC -  7:00 PM - 12:00 midnight or later - Free buffet 6:00 - 7:00 PM - With salsa & other music being played by rotating DJs - Band (subject to changes):  TBA

     

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    THE NEW YORK SALSA CONGRESS
    Manhattan, New York City - An international salsa event featuring performances, workshops, bands & social dancing with mambo dancers from around the world - Tonight's band:  Conjunto Imagen


    MAMBO CLASICO NIGHT @ THE MONTECARLO ROOM - Kingsbridge Heights, Bronx - 10:00 PM - until very late - A classic uptown mambo night held in a very attractive night club with full bar & good dance floor & sound system - Presented by veteran instructor & performer Vittico "La Magia" & his crew who invite everyone to come & party - Vittico  teaches a mambo lesson at 9:00 PM

    SALSA FEVER @ DEITY LOUNGE - Downtown Brooklyn - 8:00 PM - 1:00 AM - This Event WILL be happening tonight - Free All Night - An On 2 mambo event held at an attractive nightclub / lounge converted from a former church - Presented by fellow Brooklyn salseros Marcus & Jose from Salsa Salsa Dance Studio & Marisol from Latin Fever Dance Studio with plenty of classic salsa & more by DJ Marcus Gonzalez & guests DJs - All NY salseros are invited

     

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    THE NEW YORK SALSA CONGRESS
    Manhattan, New York City - An international salsa event featuring performances, workshops, bands & social dancing with mambo dancers from around the world - Tonight's band:  Son Boricua


    LORENZ DANCE STUDIO - MAMBO MADNESS ON MYRTLE - Glendale, Queens - Cancelled for tonight

    SALSA SALSA DANCE STUDIO SOCIAL - Park Slope, Brooklyn -Cancelled for tonight

    SALSA FRIDAYS WITH RODNEY LOPEZ - NYC - 9:30 PM - 1:00 AM - This event presented by instructor & performer Rodney Lopez, with DJ Rodney & DJ Juan Montoya playing plenty of salsa music - Held at Dance Manhattan Studios on the 4th floor - excellent wooden floor & sound system

     

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    THE NEW YORK SALSA CONGRESS
    Manhattan, New York City - An international salsa event featuring performances, workshops, bands & social dancing with mambo dancers from around the world - Tonight's band:  La Japonesa Salsera Yoko


    MAMBO SATURDAYS PARTY WITH CARLOS  - NYC - 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM - This Event WILL be happening tonight - Presented by veteran instructor & performer Carlos Konig who invites everyone for this classic mambo social, an evening of lots of salsa & a bit of cha cha in a big modern multi-room studio - Refreshments & snacks are available - Music is by  DJ Carlos & guest DJs

    KARISMA SALSA SOCIAL - NYC - 10:00 PM - 3:00 AM - Cancelled for tonight

    LORENZ DANCE STUDIO - MAMBO MADNESS IN CORONA - Corona, Queens - Cancelled for tonight

     

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    THE NEW YORK SALSA CONGRESS
    Manhattan, New York City - An international salsa event featuring performances, workshops, bands & social dancing with mambo dancers from around the world - Tonight's band:  El Gran Combo


    LATIN SUNDAYS PARTY WITH JIMMY ANTON - NYC - 5:00 - 9:00 PM - This Event WILL be happening tonight - Dance performances by M.D.M Dance Company from Michael's Dance Magic  (Arizona) and Andrea E Stefania from Estudio Tropical (Italy) - Held at Dance Manhattan Studios - The longest running & most attended mambo social in New York City since 1993 - A destination for dancers from all over the world - Great music & sound system, excellent studio floor & hundreds of dance partners for you - A not to be missed event - Presented by long-time mambo instructor & performer Jimmy Anton

    SABROSURA SALSA SUNDAYS @ Rm. FIFTY 5 - NYC - 6:00 PM - 12:00 midnight or 1:00 AM - This Event WILL be happening tonight  - FREE admission - A Sunday evening On 2 mambo event held in a classy chic night club next to the Dream Hotel in midtown Manhattan - With DJ Woody - Presented by fellow salsera, performer & instructor Desiree Dicupe & her cousin Sonia Dicupe of SIDEntertainment - Free salsa class by Carabali Dance & drink specials all night

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    THE NEW YORK SALSA CONGRESS
    Manhattan, New York City - 3:00 PM Salsa On The Hudson River Mambo Cruise Plus After Party 9:00 PM


    SALSA CON MAMBO MONDAYS @ SESSION 73 - NYC - 8:00 PM - 1:00 AM - Dance performance by Jose Bolivar (LI) - Dancing to classic salsa & cha cha by DJ Babaloo of RadioBomba Productions- & guest DJ Dave (Germany) - Dance lesson 8:00 PM by instructor Cynthia "La China" & Hector Pena - Held in an attractive club with full bar & restaurant & 2 excellent dance floors - Complementary hors d'ouvres on some nights - The crowd is friendly, multi-cultural & educated with groups of all ages. NYC Dance Classes.

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    SOCIAL SALSA TUESDAYS @ HONEY - Downtown Manhattan - 7:30 PM - 1:30 AM - $10 admission tonight for live band:  Mojo On 2 with Chico Alvarez & Michael Amitin - A weekly mambo event catering to the On 2 dancers - Plenty of classic salsa & cha cha plus more by fellow salsero DJ Rudy Acosta played on a good sound system - Held in an attractive nightclub with full bar & late food menu - A sociable place with plenty of partners

    SALSA EN EL WEST VILLAGE - TIMBAL TUESDAYS @ VERANDA LOUNGE - Downtown Manhattan, NYC - 8:00 PM - 1:45 AM - FREE - Every Tuesday, fellow salsero DJ Mustachio welcomes all the On 2 dancers to this mambo event in an attractive West Village restaurant & full bar lounge - He plays a nice wide variety of classic salsa, plus a bit of cha cha & more, on a good sound system - Late food menu

    COPA LATIN TUESDAYS @ COLUMBUS 72ND - NYC - 6:00 PM - midnight or later - $3 admission all night includes complementary buffet 6:00 - 8:00 PM plus dance lesson - Mostly salsa plus some cha cha, merengue & bachata played by DJ Jeff  or DJ Woody - Schedule subject to changes so call the club. Dance Classes in NYC.

    MAMBO TUESDAYS @ 46 LOUNGE - Totowa, NJ - 7:30 PM - 1:30 AM - An afterwork and later salsa event in a very attractive & spacious nightclub with an excellent dance floor & 3 bars with seating - Lots of classic salsa plus a bit of other Latin music played by DJ Ray Colon - Full bar with drink specials, outside patio & a complementary Latin buffet until 10:00 PM - A local hangout for the mambo dancers

     

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    TRAVESURA SALSA WEDNESDAYS @ CAFE NUNEZ - Midtown Manhattan, NYC - 8:00 PM - 1:00 PM or later - FREE - Dance performance TBA - This is an On 2 classic salsa event held in a restaurant / night club - Attended by a friendly crowd of available partners - DJ Alejandro Bouza plays a wide ranging mix of salsa, cha cha plus more - Presented by DJ Alejandro Bouza & Joe Burgos from Piel Canela Dancers

    SALSA WEDNESDAYS @ LQ - NYC -  7:00 PM - 12:00 midnight or later - Free buffet 6:00 - 7:00 PM - With salsa & other music being played by rotating DJs - Band (subject to changes):  TBA

    SALSA EN ASTORIA @ BUNGALO LOUNGE - Astoria, Queens - 10:00 PM - 1:30 AM or later -  Every Wednesday, fellow salsero DJ Mustachio welcomes all the On 2 dancers to this mambo event in an attractive Astoria, Queens, lounge club  restaurant with full bar & late night appetizer & dinner menu - He plays a nice wide variety of classic salsa, plus a bit of cha cha & more, on a good sound system - Free dance lesson 9:00 - 10:00 PM

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    GRAND OPENING PARTY - SALSA EN EL EAST VILLAGE - HOT JUEVES @ VIBRATIONS LOUNGE - Lower East Side, Manhattan - 9:00 PM until late - Free Admission - Every Thursday, fellow salsero DJ Mustachio welcomes all the On 2 dancers to this mambo event in an attractive East Village restaurant & full bar lounge - He plays a nice wide variety of classic salsa, plus a bit of cha cha & more, on a good sound system - Late food menu - Classy funky East Village atmosphere

    MAMBO CLASICO NIGHT @ THE MONTECARLO ROOM - Kingsbridge Heights, Bronx - 10:00 PM - until very late - Performances tonight:  Viticco "La Magia" Dance Company will be debuting a new number, plus 3 other teams TBA will perform - A classic uptown mambo night held in a very attractive night club with full bar & good dance floor & sound system - Presented by veteran instructor & performer Vittico "La Magia" & his crew who invite everyone to come & party - Vittico  teaches a mambo lesson at 9:00 PM

    SALSA FEVER @ DEITY LOUNGE - Downtown Brooklyn - 8:00 PM - 1:00 AM - Free All Night - An On 2 mambo event held at an attractive nightclub / lounge converted from a former church - Presented by fellow Brooklyn salseros Marcus & Jose from Salsa Salsa Dance Studio & Marisol from Latin Fever Dance Studio with plenty of classic salsa & more by DJ Marcus Gonzalez - All NY salseros are invited

     

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    AN EVENING WITH ABAKUA - NYC - 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM - A salsa dancing party held in the attractive "Club 412" of You Should Be Dancing Studios - Pure classic salsa & cha cha by DJ Frankie Martinez -  Hosted by Manny Blackett - An event presented by  Frankie Martinez of Abakua Afro-Latin Dancers

    LORENZ DANCE STUDIO - MAMBO MADNESS ON MYRTLE - Glendale, Queens - 9:00 PM - 12:00 midnight - A weekly On 2 mambo social presented by Howie Lorenz & the folks at Lorenz Dance Studio - Everyone is invited for classic salsa & cha cha in a friendly environment

    LATIN REFLECTIONS SOCIAL @ LA SALSA DE HOY - Sunset Park, Brooklyn - 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM - Dance performances by the Dance Atlantic Kids, Clase Social from Viva Salsa Dance Studio and Simply Salsa from La Salas De Hoy (Brooklyn) - Plenty of classic salsa plus a bit of cha cha, bachata & merengue by DJ Leyenda - Latin Reflections director Mike Rodriguez invites all dancers to come and enjoy his social

     

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    PIEL CANELA SALSA DANCE SOCIAL - NYC - 7:00 - 11:00 PM - An On 2 event with lots of classic salsa in the spacious ballroom of Pearl Dance Studio by DJ Miguel Rodriguez & guest DJs -  Presented by instructor & performer Joe Burgos, Director of the Piel Canela Dance Studio & the Piel Canela crew

    MAMBO FATEEGZ QUE VIVA LA SALSA SATURDAYS @ BALLROOM OFF FIFTH STUDIO - NYC - 9:00 PM - 1:45 AM - Presented by fellow salsero Choco from Mambo Fateegz, organizer & director of the New York Salsa Congress & partner salsero Edwin Harrell.  Classic salsa dura social at  Ballroom Off Fifth Dance Studio -  Lots of salsa & a bit of cha cha by DJ Mar Y Soul - Free admission with purchase of full VIP pass to the New York Salsa Congress

    LATIN FEVER DANCE STUDIO SOCIAL - Ditmas Park, Brooklyn - 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM or later - Everyone is invited to this On 2 mambo social with music by DJ Suave & guest DJs  playing plenty of salsa, cha cha plus a bit more Latin music - Presented by instructor & performer Marisol Ramirez & the Latin Fever Crew - Held at the Flatbush Avenue studio - CLICK HERE for location

    LORENZ DANCE STUDIO - MAMBO MADNESS IN CORONA - Corona, Queens - 9:00 PM - 12:00 midnight - A weekly On 2 mambo social presented by Howie Lorenz & the folks at Lorenz Dance Studio - Salsa & cha cha, plus a little  bachata & merengue by DJ Jose Mariscal - Everyone is invited for classic salsa & cha cha in a friendly environment

     

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    MAMBO SUNDAYS PARTY WITH CARLOS KONIG - NYC - 5:30 - 9:30 PM -  An On 2 social that has been running for many years in a friendly welcoming atmosphere - Carlos invites us for nonstop dancing & socializing in a large modern studio - Lots of  classic salsa & cha cha music by DJ Carlos Konig plus guest DJs - Held at Ripley Grier Studios in midtown Manhattan - Free snacks

    LVG - LA VIEJA GUARDIA  SALSA SOCIAL - NYC - 5:00 - 9:00 PM - A pure mambo social featuring excellent classic salsa music including some from original vinyl recordings - Brought to us by local salseros instructor/performer Joel Dominguez, photographer Alfredo "Felix"" and DJ Antonio "La Conga" - Lots of classic salsa & cha cha music by DJ Antonio "La Conga"

    SABROSURA SALSA SUNDAYS @ Rm. FIFTY 5 - NYC - 6:00 PM - 12:00 midnight or 1:00 AM - FREE admission - Dance classes in Manhattan. A Sunday evening On 2 mambo event held in a classy chic night club next to the Dream Hotel in midtown Manhattan - With DJ Woody or DJ Andy - Presented by fellow salsera, performer & instructor Desiree Dicupe & her cousin Sonia Dicupe of SIDEntertainment - Free salsa class by Carabali Dance & drink specials all night

     

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    SALSA CON MAMBO MONDAYS @ SESSION 73 - NYC - 8:00 PM - 1:00 AM - Band:  Johnny Almendra - Jovenes Del Barrio - Dancing to classic salsa & cha cha by DJ Babaloo of RadioBomba Productions plus guest DJ Pepe (Switzerland) - Dance lesson 8:00 PM by instructor Cynthia "La China" & Hector Pena - Held in an attractive club with full bar & restaurant & 2 excellent dance floors - Complementary hors d'ouvres on some nights - The crowd is friendly, multi-cultural & educated with groups of all ages. Manhattan dance lessons offered.

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    SOCIAL SALSA TUESDAYS @ HONEY - Downtown Manhattan - 7:30 PM - 1:30 AM - FREE - A weekly mambo event catering to the On 2 dancers - Plenty of classic salsa & cha cha plus more by fellow salsero DJ Rudy Acosta played on a good sound system - Held in an attractive nightclub with full bar & late food menu - A sociable place with plenty of partners

    SALSA EN EL WEST VILLAGE - TIMBAL TUESDAYS @ VERANDA LOUNGE - Downtown Manhattan, NYC - 8:00 PM - 1:45 AM - FREE - Every Tuesday, fellow salsero DJ Mustachio welcomes all the On 2 dancers to this mambo event in an attractive West Village restaurant & full bar lounge - He plays a nice wide variety of classic salsa, plus a bit of cha cha & more, on a good sound system - Late food menu and tour dance studios in NYC.

    COPA LATIN TUESDAYS @ COLUMBUS 72ND - NYC - 6:00 PM - midnight or later - $3 admission all night includes complementary buffet 6:00 - 8:00 PM plus dance lesson - Mostly salsa plus some cha cha, merengue & bachata played by DJ Jeff  or DJ Woody - Schedule subject to changes so call the club

    MAMBO TUESDAYS @ 46 LOUNGE - Totowa, NJ - 7:30 PM - 1:30 AM - An afterwork and later salsa event in a very attractive & spacious nightclub with an excellent dance floor & 3 bars with seating - Lots of classic salsa plus a bit of other Latin music played by DJ Ray Colon - Full bar with drink specials, outside patio & a complementary Latin buffet until 10:00 PM - A local hangout for the mambo dancersd

     

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    TRAVESURA SALSA WEDNESDAYS @ CAFE NUNEZ - Midtown Manhattan, NYC - 8:00 PM - 1:00 PM or later - FREE - Dance performance TBA - This is an On 2 classic salsa event held in a restaurant / night club - Attended by a friendly crowd of available partners - DJ Alejandro Bouza plays a wide ranging mix of salsa, cha cha plus more - Presented by DJ Alejandro Bouza & Joe Burgos from Piel Canela Dancers

    SALSA WEDNESDAYS @ LQ - NYC -  7:00 PM - 12:00 midnight or later - Free buffet 6:00 - 7:00 PM - With salsa & other music being played by rotating DJs - Band (subject to changes):  TBA

    SALSA EN ASTORIA @ BUNGALO LOUNGE - Astoria, Queens - 10:00 PM - 1:30 AM or later -  Every Wednesday, fellow salsero DJ Mustachio welcomes all the On 2 dancers to this mambo event in an attractive Astoria, Queens, lounge club  restaurant with full bar & late night appetizer & dinner menu - He plays a nice wide variety of classic salsa, plus a bit of cha cha & more, on a good sound system - Free dance lesson 9:00 - 10:00 PM

     

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    SALSA EN EL EAST VILLAGE - HOT JUEVES @ VIBRATIONS LOUNGE - Lower East Side, Manhattan - 9:00 PM until late - Free Admission - Every Thursday, fellow salsero DJ Mustachio welcomes all the On 2 dancers to this mambo event in an attractive East Village restaurant & full bar lounge - He plays a nice wide variety of classic salsa, plus a bit of cha cha & more, on a good sound system - Late food menu - Classy funky East Village atmosphere

    MAMBO CLASICO NIGHT @ THE MONTECARLO ROOM - Kingsbridge Heights, Bronx - 10:00 PM - until very late - Dance performances by the Viticco "La Magia" Dancers, the Yamule Pro Team (Bronx) and the Pzazz Dance Company (NJ) - A classic uptown mambo night held in a very attractive night club with full bar & good dance floor & sound system - Presented by veteran instructor & performer Vittico "La Magia" & his crew who invite everyone to come & party - Vittico  teaches a mambo lesson at 9:00 PM

    SALSA FEVER @ DEITY LOUNGE - Downtown Brooklyn - 8:00 PM - 1:00 AM - Free All Night - An On 2 mambo event held at an attractive nightclub / lounge converted from a former church - Presented by fellow Brooklyn salseros Marcus & Jose from Salsa Salsa Dance Studio & Marisol from Latin Fever Dance Studio with plenty of classic salsa & more by DJ Marcus Gonzalez and guest DJ "Doc Salsa" Steve Shaw - All NY salseros are invited

     

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    MAMBO FATEEGZ SALSA FRIDAYS @ BALLROOM OFF FIFTH  - NYC -  9:00 PM - 1:45 AM - Presented by fellow salsero Choco from Mambo Fateegz, organizer & director of the New York Salsa Congress & partner salsero Edwin Harrell, invite everyone to this classic salsa dura social at  Ballroom Off Fifth Dance Studio -  Lots of salsa & a bit of cha cha by DJ El Maestro - Free admission with purchase of a full pass VIP Package to the New York Salsa Congress

    LORENZ DANCE STUDIO - MAMBO MADNESS ON MYRTLE - Glendale, Queens - 9:00 PM - 12:00 midnight - A weekly On 2 mambo social presented by Howie Lorenz & the folks at Lorenz Dance Studio - Everyone is invited for classic salsa & cha cha in a friendly environment

    SALSA SALSA DANCE STUDIO SOCIAL - Park Slope, Brooklyn - 10:00 PM - 1:00 AM - Celebrating Ydhelca birthday - Everyone is invited to this On 2 mambo social held at Salsa Salsa's new Park Slope studio - Plenty of classic salsa music plus a little cha cha & more - Presented by Marcus Gonzalez, Jose Rivera, Ray Colon & the Salsa Salsa crew

    SALSA FRIDAYS WITH RODNEY LOPEZ - NYC - 9:30 PM - 1:00 AM - This event presented by instructor & performer Rodney Lopez, with DJ Rodney & DJ Juan Montoya playing plenty of salsa music - Held at Dance Manhattan Studios 5th floor, excellent wooden floor & sound system

    MDN LATIN DANCE STUDIO SALSA SOCIAL @ THE POLISH NATIONAL HOME - Harrison, NJ - 9:00 PM - 1:30 AM - Turn pattern class 9:00 - 10:00 PM taught by Marcus Nieves - Social  dancing 10:00 - 1:30 AM - Instructor & performer Marcus Nieves invites all the dancers to a classic mambo social held in a big entertainment hall with full bar, seating & big dance floor - Classic salsa & cha cha plus more by DJ Ray Colon -

     

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    LVG - LA VIEJA GUARDIA RUMBAMBA SATURDAYS @ BASIC BALLROOM - NYC - 10:00 PM -2:00 AM - Dance performances by Cristel (NY) and also Reflejos De Sabor from Melanie Torres (NYC) - A pure mambo social featuring excellent classic salsa music - Brought to us by local salseros instructor & performer Joel Dominguez, photographer Alfredo "Felix"" and DJ Antonio "La Conga" - Lots of classic salsa & cha cha music by DJ Antonio "La Conga" plus guest DJ "Doc Salsa" Steve Shaw

    LORENZ DANCE STUDIO - MAMBO MADNESS IN CORONA - Corona, Queens - 9:00 PM - 12:00 midnight - A weekly On 2 mambo social presented by Howie Lorenz & the folks at Lorenz Dance Studio - Salsa & cha cha, plus a little  bachata & merengue by DJ Jose Mariscal - Everyone is invited for classic salsa & cha cha in a friendly environment

     

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    LATIN SUNDAYS PARTY WITH JIMMY ANTON - NYC - 5:00 - 9:00 PM - Held at Dance Manhattan Studios - The longest running & most attended mambo social in New York City since 1993 - A destination for dancers from all over the world - Great music & sound system, excellent studio floor & hundreds of dance partners for you - A not to be missed event - Presented by long-time mambo instructor & performer Jimmy Anton

    SABROSURA SALSA SUNDAYS @ Rm. FIFTY 5 - NYC - 6:00 PM - 12:00 midnight or 1:00 AM - FREE admission - A Sunday evening On 2 mambo event held in a classy chic night club next to the Dream Hotel in midtown Manhattan - With DJ Leonard "The Salsa Crackhead" - Presented by fellow salsera, performer & instructor Desiree Dicupe & her cousin Sonia Dicupe of SIDEntertainment - Free salsa class by Carabali Dance & drink specials all night

     

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    SALSA CON MAMBO MONDAYS @ SESSION 73 - NYC - 8:00 PM - 1:00 AM - Dancing to classic salsa & cha cha by DJ Babaloo of RadioBomba Productions plus guest DJ "Doc Salsa" Steve Shaw (www.SalsaNewYork.com)  - Dance lesson 8:00 PM by instructor Cynthia "La China" & Hector Pena - Held in an attractive club with full bar & restaurant & 2 excellent dance floors - Complementary hors d'ouvres on some nights - The crowd is friendly, multi-cultural & educated with groups of all ages

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    SOCIAL SALSA TUESDAYS @ HONEY - Downtown Manhattan - 7:30 PM - 1:30 AM - FREE - A weekly mambo event catering to the On 2 dancers - Plenty of classic salsa & cha cha plus more by fellow salsero DJ Rudy Acosta played on a good sound system - Held in an attractive nightclub with full bar & late food menu - A sociable place with plenty of partners

    SALSA EN EL WEST VILLAGE - TIMBAL TUESDAYS @ VERANDA LOUNGE - Downtown Manhattan, NYC - 8:00 PM - 1:45 AM - FREE - Every Tuesday, fellow salsero DJ Mustachio welcomes all the On 2 dancers to this mambo event in an attractive West Village restaurant & full bar lounge - He plays a nice wide variety of classic salsa, plus a bit of cha cha & more, on a good sound system - Late food menu

    COPA LATIN TUESDAYS @ COLUMBUS 72ND - NYC - 6:00 PM - midnight or later - $3 admission all night includes complementary buffet 6:00 - 8:00 PM plus dance lesson - Mostly salsa plus some cha cha, merengue & bachata played by DJ Jeff  or DJ Woody - Schedule subject to changes so call the club. Also dance classes available in our Manhattan dance studios.

    MAMBO TUESDAYS @ 46 LOUNGE - Totowa, NJ - 7:30 PM - 1:30 AM - An afterwork and later salsa event in a very attractive & spacious nightclub with an excellent dance floor & 3 bars with seating - Lots of classic salsa plus a bit of other Latin music played by DJ Ray Colon - Full bar with drink specials, outside patio & a complementary Latin buffet until 10:00 PM - A local hangout for the mambo dancers

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    TRAVESURA SALSA WEDNESDAYS @ CAFE NUNEZ - Midtown Manhattan, NYC - 8:00 PM - 1:00 PM or later - FREE - Dance performance TBA - This is an On 2 classic salsa event held in a restaurant / night club - Attended by a friendly crowd of available partners - DJ Alejandro Bouza plays a wide ranging mix of salsa, cha cha plus more - Presented by DJ Alejandro Bouza & Joe Burgos from Piel Canela Dancers

    SALSA WEDNESDAYS @ LQ - NYC -  7:00 PM - 12:00 midnight or later - Free buffet 6:00 - 7:00 PM - With salsa & other music being played by rotating DJs - Band (subject to changes):  Dance Studios in NYC offering Ballroom and Latin dance classes in NYC.

    SALSA EN ASTORIA @ BUNGALO LOUNGE - Astoria, Queens - 10:00 PM - 1:30 AM or later -  Every Wednesday, fellow salsero DJ Mustachio welcomes all the On 2 dancers to this mambo event in an attractive Astoria, Queens, lounge club  restaurant with full bar & late night appetizer & dinner menu - He plays a nice wide variety of classic salsa, plus a bit of cha cha & more, on a good sound system - Free dance lesson 9:00 - 10:00 PM

    Dance NYC presents ballroom dance classes and latin dance classes in our dance studios in Manhattan. Call us for a free tour of our dance studios in Manhattan and our introductory ballroom dance class registration.

    You can choose from Salsa dance classes or a private dance lesson for your introductory lesson in our modern dance studios in NYC.

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    SALSA EN EL EAST VILLAGE - HOT JUEVES @ VIBRATIONS LOUNGE - Lower East Side, Manhattan - 9:00 PM until late - Free Admission - Every Thursday, fellow salsero DJ Mustachio welcomes all the On 2 dancers to this mambo event in an attractive East Village restaurant & full bar lounge - He plays a nice wide variety of classic salsa, plus a bit of cha cha & more, on a good sound system - Late food menu - Classy funky East Village atmosphere

    MAMBO CLASICO NIGHT @ THE MONTECARLO ROOM - Kingsbridge Heights, Bronx - 10:00 PM - until very late - Tonight's dance performance by Marcus Nieves & Diana Osorio (New Jersey) - A classic uptown mambo night held in a very attractive night club with full bar & good dance floor & sound system - Presented by veteran instructor & performer Vittico "La Magia" & his crew who invite everyone to come & party - Vittico  teaches a mambo lesson at 9:00 PM

    SALSA FEVER @ DEITY LOUNGE - Downtown Brooklyn - 8:00 PM - 1:00 AM - Free All Night - An On 2 mambo event held at an attractive nightclub / lounge converted from a former church - Presented by fellow Brooklyn salseros Marcus & Jose from Salsa Salsa Dance Studio & Marisol from Latin Fever Dance Studio with plenty of classic salsa & more by DJ Marcus Gonzalez - All NY salseros are invited

     

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    AN EVENING WITH ABAKUA - NYC - 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM - A salsa dancing party held in the attractive "Club 412" of You Should Be Dancing Studios - Pure classic salsa & cha cha by DJ Frankie Martinez -  Hosted by Manny Blackett - An event presented by  Frankie Martinez of Abakua Afro-Latin Dancers. Dance classes in New York.

    14TH ANNIVERSARY GALA CELEBRATION - SANTO RICO'S SPECIAL MAMBO EXTRAVAGANZA @ SIDE STREET - Westchester Square, Bronx - 9:00 PM until late - Please Note:  This Event Is Sold Out - Only Advance Ticket Holders Will Be Admitted -  Showtime at 11:00 PM sharp  with dance performances by Eddie Torres Dance, Karisma Dancers, Melissa Rosado (NYC), Addie-Tude Dance Company (Westchester), Anderson & Vanessa (Brazil) &, of course, the Santo Rico Dance Company, the Santo Rico Angels, the SantoChiquitas, the SantoRiquitas, & Xibicion Santo Rico - A special swinging affair to celebrate 14 years of Santo Rico, the internationally famous dance company & studio directed by Thomas Guerrero - Excellent classic salsa by one of NY's best, DJ David Salsa - Complementary Latin buffet dinner - Tonight:  Different Bigger Location - CLICK HERE for special location

    LORENZ DANCE STUDIO - MAMBO MADNESS ON MYRTLE - Glendale, Queens - 9:00 PM - 12:00 midnight - A weekly On 2 mambo social presented by Howie Lorenz & the folks at Lorenz Dance Studio - Everyone is invited for classic salsa & cha cha in a friendly environment

    LATIN REFLECTIONS SOCIAL @ LA SALSA DE HOY - Sunset Park, Brooklyn - 10:00 PM - 2:00 AM - Dance performances by the Mambo Bravo Divos (Queens), Arelis Beato's Tropical Image Dancers (Brooklyn) and Franklin & Johana - Celebrating the birthdays of Nathaly Cosme & DJ Leyenda - Plenty of classic salsa plus a bit of cha cha, bachata & merengue by DJ Leyenda - Latin Reflections director Mike Rodriguez invites all dancers to come and enjoy his social - PLEASE NOTE:  This event will be held across the street at 505 46th Street

     

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    PIEL CANELA SALSA DANCE SOCIAL - NYC - 7:00 - 11:00 PM - An On 2 event with lots of classic salsa in the spacious ballroom of Pearl Dance Studio by DJ Miguel Rodriguez & guest DJs -  Presented by instructor & performer Joe Burgos, Director of the Piel Canela Dance Studio & the Piel Canela crew

    YAMULEE'S BOOGIE DOWN MAMBO PARTY - Mt. Eden, Bronx - 9:00 PM - 2:00 AM - New Bigger Air Conditioning System - Dance performance by the Griselle Ponce Dance Company (New Jersey) - Another swinging affair presented by Osmar Perrones & the Yamulee crew - MC'd by famous Levi "La Leña" - Lots of great old & new salsa, plus a little good merengue & bachata, by DJ Osmar "Jean Claude Van Damme" Perrones ", DJ "Doc Salsa" Steve Shaw and DJ Jose "La Salsa" - Everyone's invited to this classic uptown social with plenty of partners at all levels

    LATIN FEVER DANCE STUDIO SOCIAL - Ditmas Park, Brooklyn - 8:00 PM - 1:00 AM or later - Everyone is invited to this On 2 mambo social with music by DJ Suave & guest DJs playing lots of classic salsa, cha cha & more - Presented by instructor & performer Marisol Ramirez & the Latin Fever Crew - PLEASE NOTE:  Tonight's social is held at Solo Kitchen Bar - CLICK HERE for location

    DANCE ATLANTIC STUDIO SIZZLING SATURDAYS - Cypress Hills, Brooklyn - 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM or later -  Attracting dancers from all over, this event is presented by instructor & performer Melody Andino & the welcoming gang at Dance Atlantic - Plenty of classic salsa & more on a pro sound system, in a dance studio with wooden floor, plus delicious Latin food & welcoming atmosphere

    LORENZ DANCE STUDIO - MAMBO MADNESS IN CORONA - Corona, Queens - 9:00 PM - 12:00 midnight - A weekly On 2 mambo social presented by Howie Lorenz & the folks at Lorenz Dance Studio - Salsa & cha cha, plus a little  bachata & merengue by DJ Jose Mariscal - Everyone is invited for classic salsa & cha cha in a friendly environment

    GALA 5TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY - SALSA FEVER DANCE SOCIAL WITH "MAMBO MARIO B" - Jersey City, NJ - 9:00 PM - 3:00 AM - Dance performances by Darlin & Liz from Art In Motion (Philadelphia) and Mariano Neris and Vera Rowe (Boston) - Mario B is one of the few New Jersey instructors & performers who are internationally known representatives of our NY On 2 style, & he is a one of a kind great guy - Now he celebrates 5 years of his own independent studio & invites all the NY & NJ dancers to come celebrate & party with him at this pure mambo social in his studio - No age limit, no dress code, no excuses - Free drinks, snacks, dips - Lots of classic salsa & more by DJ Mario B (NJ) & guest DJ Leonard "The Salsa Crackhead" (NJ)

     

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    MAMBO SUNDAYS PARTY WITH CARLOS KONIG - NYC - 5:30 - 9:30 PM -  An On 2 social that has been running for many years in a friendly welcoming atmosphere - Carlos invites us for nonstop dancing & socializing in a large modern studio - Lots of  classic salsa & cha cha music by DJ Carlos Konig plus guest DJs - Held at Ripley Grier Studios in midtown Manhattan - Free snacks

    LVG - LA VIEJA GUARDIA  SALSA SOCIAL - NYC - 5:00 - 9:00 PM - A pure mambo social featuring excellent classic salsa music including some from original vinyl recordings - Brought to us by local salseros instructor/performer Joel Dominguez, photographer Alfredo "Felix"" and DJ Antonio "La Conga" - Lots of classic salsa & cha cha music by DJ Antonio "La Conga"

    SABROSURA SALSA SUNDAYS @ Rm. FIFTY 5 - NYC - 6:00 PM - 12:00 midnight or 1:00 AM - FREE admission - A Sunday evening On 2 mambo event held in a classy chic night club next to the Dream Hotel in midtown Manhattan - With DJ Woody or DJ Andy  - Presented by fellow salsera, performer & instructor Desiree Dicupe & her cousin Sonia Dicupe of SIDEntertainment - Free salsa class by Carabali Dance & drink specials all night.

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    SALSA CON MAMBO MONDAYS @ SESSION 73 - NYC - 8:00 PM - 1:00 AM - Band:  Grupo Latin Vibe - Dancing to classic salsa & cha cha by DJ Babaloo of RadioBomba Productions - Dance lesson 8:00 PM by instructor Cynthia "La China" & Hector Pena - Held in an attractive club with full bar & restaurant & 2 excellent dance floors - Complementary hors d'ouvres on some nights - The crowd is friendly, multi-cultural & educated with groups of all ages Dance Lessons NYC & Ballroom Dance NYC.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    SOCIAL SALSA TUESDAYS @ HONEY - Downtown Manhattan - 7:30 PM - 1:30 AM - FREE - A weekly mambo event catering to the On 2 dancers - Plenty of classic salsa & cha cha plus more by fellow salsero DJ Rudy Acosta played on a good sound system - Held in an attractive nightclub with full bar & late food menu - A sociable place with plenty of partners

    SALSA EN EL WEST VILLAGE - TIMBAL TUESDAYS @ VERANDA LOUNGE - Downtown Manhattan, NYC - 8:00 PM - 1:45 AM - FREE - Every Tuesday, fellow salsero DJ Mustachio welcomes all the On 2 dancers to this mambo event in an attractive West Village restaurant & full bar lounge - He plays a nice wide variety of classic salsa, plus a bit of cha cha & more, on a good sound system - Late food menu

    COPA LATIN TUESDAYS @ COLUMBUS 72ND - NYC - 6:00 PM - midnight or later - $3 admission all night includes complementary buffet 6:00 - 8:00 PM plus dance lesson - Mostly salsa plus some cha cha, merengue & bachata played by DJ Jeff  or DJ Woody - Schedule subject to changes so call the club

    MAMBO TUESDAYS @ 46 LOUNGE - Totowa, NJ - 7:30 PM - 1:30 AM - An after work and later salsa event in a very attractive & spacious nightclub with an excellent dance floor & 3 bars with seating - Lots of classic salsa plus a bit of other Latin music played by DJ Ray Colon - Full bar with drink specials, outside patio & a complementary Latin buffet until 10:00 PM - A local hangout for the mambo dancers

     

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    SALSA WEDNESDAYS @ LQ - NYC -  7:00 PM - 12:00 midnight or later - Free buffet 6:00 - 7:00 PM - With salsa & other music being played by rotating DJs - Band (subject to changes):  TBA

    SALSA EN ASTORIA @ BUNGALO LOUNGE - Astoria, Queens - 10:00 PM - 1:30 AM or later -  Every Wednesday, fellow salsero DJ Mustachio welcomes all the On 2 dancers to this mambo event in an attractive Astoria, Queens, lounge club  restaurant with full bar & late night appetizer & dinner menu - He plays a nice wide variety of classic salsa, plus a bit of cha cha & more, on a good sound system - Free dance lesson 9:00 - 10:00 PM Dance studio nyc Dance studio manhattan offers dance lessons in nyc, dance classes nyc and dance classes manhattan.Jose from Salsa Salsa Dance Studio & Marisol from Latin Fever Dance Studio with plenty of classic salsa & more by DJ Marcus Gonzalez - All NY salseros are invited

     

     

     

     

     

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    SALSA EN EL EAST VILLAGE - HOT JUEVES @ VIBRATIONS LOUNGE - Lower East Side, Manhattan - 9:00 PM until late - Free Admission - Every Thursday, fellow salsero DJ Mustachio welcomes all the On 2 dancers to this mambo event in an attractive East Village restaurant & full bar lounge - He plays a nice wide variety of classic salsa, plus a bit of cha cha & more, on a good sound system - Late food menu - Classy funky East Village atmosphere

    MAMBO CLASICO NIGHT @ THE MONTECARLO ROOM - Kingsbridge Heights, Bronx - 10:00 PM - until very late - A classic uptown mambo night held in a very attractive night club with full bar & good dance floor & sound system - Presented by veteran instructor & performer Vittico "La Magia" & his crew who invite everyone to come & party - Vittico  teaches a mambo lesson at 9:00 PM

    SALSA FEVER @ DEITY LOUNGE - Downtown Brooklyn - 8:00 PM - 1:00 AM - Free All Night - An On 2 mambo event held at an attractive nightclub / lounge converted from a former church - Presented by fellow Brooklyn salseros Marcus & Jose from Salsa Salsa Dance Studio & Marisol from Latin Fever Dance Studio with plenty of classic salsa & more by DJ Marcus Gonzalez - All NY salseros are invited

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


     

     

     

     

     

     


     

     

     


     

     

     


     

     

     

     

     

     


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  • Ballroom dancing

    From Dance Magazine by Rebecca Smith

    • The intimacy of ballroom dancing gives it new life.

      In the early sixties, when Chubby Checker performed the twist on American Bandstand, he changed the face of social dancing. It was the beginning of the end for "touch dancing," an era that began in the late eighteenth century with the waltz, and included such dances as the fox-trot, tango, rumba, samba, and swing, to name a few. But just as the waltz takes its dancers full circle across the dance floor, returning them to where they first began, today's baby boomers and members of Generation X are turning back to the dances of the past, embracing each other on the dance floor while embracing the dance styles of their parents and grandparents.

      Since 1990 there has been a dramatic increase in the number of twenty- and thirtysomethings turning to ballroom dance. Figures shows a 110-percent increase among those under the age of thirty, and a 75-percent increase among those in their thirties and forties, according to the United States Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association, a nationwide organization that governs and promotes ballroom dance locally, nationally, and internationally.

      Social dance is a continually evolving from that reflects the spirit of the time and, in particular, the ever-changing relations between the sexes. What does this trend back to touch dancing tell us then about the status of sexual relations today?

      "Monogamy is in," says Carlan Russell, ballroom dance instructor and co-owner of Aequus Dance Studio in New York City. And when relationships are in, according to Russell, so is ballroom dance. She has a point. The last time touch dancing had such a strong hold on young people was in the 1940s, during World War II, when the uncertainties of that time encouraged the intimacy of clinging together on, as well as off, the dance floor. There is uncertainty among today's young people too, the uncertainty brought on by AIDS. But the paradox of AIDS is that it encourages people to enter into monogamous relationships at the same time that it hinders from finding such relationships. Singles are apprehensive about the prospect of meeting and dating, let along making contact and touching. Ballroom dance provides a safe form of contact, so safe, it seems, that many women now go to ballroom dance clubs alone.

      "I feel comfortable going by myself, because I know the people are there to dance," says Gail, a thirty-one-year-old schoolteacher. "A man typically will dance a few dances with me and then go ask another woman." Men, too, feel less threatened in an atmosphere that stresses dancing. "There's not some agenda where I have to check someone out before I dance. Who's my next partner? I don't know. I'm just going to enjoy the dance," says one man.

      For some, ballroom dance is a form of "safe sex." Says Matthew, a thirty-eight-year-old computer programmer: "When I've danced with a hundred women in one week, I don't feel the need to date anybody. If I meet a woman, I'll spend all this money, go out to a restaurant and try to get to know her, talk to her, and then hopefully three or four days later we're going to dance and that will be the best part. This way I can do the best part again and again and again. So I don't have that craving for a dating situation. I come home totally, totally sated."

      Figueroa, dance instructor at Stepping Out Dance Studio in New York City. "The way the dances are choreographed, you're with a partner for a while and you can talk. With freestyle dance, the music is so loud you're apart and yelling at each other." The ballroom dance club is a breed apart from the traditional club or disco, which many young people find alienating. Remarks one man, "At the discos, people eyeball each other and avoid each other and wish they weren't there. You leave feeling much lonelier than when you came and wishing you'd never gone."

      In large part, the greater satisfaction given by touch dancing is due to the form and structure that determine not only the dance steps but also the interaction between the dancers. Dale Stotts, a dance instructor, points out that the steps are not the only thing students learn from ballroom dance: "It teaches you proper etiquette. A lot of people need to improve their social skills, just saying hello to someone." This structure, when it comes to the conduct between the sexes, is not new to ballroom dance. Guides and handbooks from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries presented strict guidelines to be followed by dancers in the ballroom. Such issues as how many times a man should ask a woman to dance, appropriate topics for conversation during a dance, and the significance of an introduction made in the ballroom were as relevant as learning the steps to the waltz.

      And how do today's young dancers feel about such structure? One of them tells me, "It's so much better. Structure means we can do something with each other, not just at each other. When you're apart, you're both doing something sort of show-offy, but when you're doing a rumba, for example, you're totally coordinated, two bodies doing one thing." The structure that at first glance may seem cold and formal actually helps in promoting intimacy. It makes it easier to touch and hold each other. As one instructor puts it, "Ballroom dance is sort of like a buffer. People want a reason to say, 'I have to communicate with you.' They can't do the dancing without touching someone, so it's almost like someone's saying, 'You have my permission to touch this person, to hold them, to ask them to dance.'" Perhaps, then, it is not the structure that is the key, but what the structure leads to.

      What it leads to is intimacy, and intimacy has always been a part of touch dancing. When the waltz hit the dance floor at the end of the eighteenth century, the dancers were not looking for structure but looking to abandon it. The waltz turned away from set forms and dance formations, from dancing at arm's length, which had been the practice for four previous centuries. It abandoned logic and rules, turned to emotion, and threw men and women into each other's arms, creating a private world in a public place. Is this what is happening today?

      Rather than looking for a set of rules and guidelines to follow, today's twenty- and thirtysomethings may be looking for ways to banish such guidelines; they are tired of hearing about safe sex and sexual harassment. The trend to ballroom dancing could represent a search for the days when much about love and sex was left unsaid instead of being topics for seemingly endless debates about what is careful and correct in the matter of sexual relations. Ballroom dance offers a way to close the gap between the sexes, to achieve closeness, intimacy, passion, and romance.

      "The nineties are a time for searching for new norms of behavior. How do we relate?" asks Antioch University President Alan E. Guskin, in response to his school's "sexual offense policy" (nine pages of sexual conduct codes that demand verbal consent at each minute stage of sexual interaction). But in ways that verbal communication taken to extremes, as at Antioch, pushes the sexes apart, touch dancing steps in to bring them together.

      "We're alienated. This forces us to run up against each other," says Matthew. "You get this person you've never met, you're holding them in a consensual way, and it's not crossing anybody's boundaries. It allows a form of closeness, it's not an offensive thing, and it feels incredibly alive." While touch dancing is choreographed with conversation in mind, the communication that occurs during a touch dance is primarily nonverbal. "It's a way to meet people without necessarily being verbal," says Kyle Larsen, a dance instructor. "I think it's very rough today. You don't have a lot of physical contact with people. People just have contact with the people in their office. But there's something about either holding somebody in your arms or being held by somebody gently and dancing around that's really lovely. It's like you're taking care of each other."

      While each dance communicates its own message, the Argentine tango is probably the most conversational. It is the one dance in which the man and woman are not the mirror image of each other. In this dance, the woman can initiate many of the moves. "It's like making love," says Regan, a thirty-nine-year-old composer. Men and women agree that of all the dances the tango is the one that most naturally evokes an image of passion. Carlan Russell claims that this is because of the music. A tango in 2/4 time has a simplistic, unrelenting rhythm similar to Ravel's Bolero. And like Bolero, it strikes a chord of emotion.

      Bob Crease, president of the New York Swing Dance Society and professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, thinks this trend has ultimately to do with music. Usually new dances come in tandem with new popular music. In the Big-Band era, musicians made their living and became big names by traveling from club to club playing for kids who wanted to dance to their music. But after the war, music was increasingly produced in recording studios. "When the music detached itself from the dancing, it became something almost cerebral. There is a fundamental human need to celebrate one's body through movement," says Crease. And this need, he claims, has been denied young people.

      "I think twenty- and thirty-year-olds feel like they've missed out on ballroom," says Angel Figueroa. "Now we've given it a title; it's 'ballroom dancing,' whereas to our parents it was just dancing. It didn't matter what kind it was. You could do it in the basement of your house or in the speakeasies, the little basement apartments with the little blue and red lights on them. But I think the young people are catching up with it again, and I don't think they're going to let it go this time."

      How should we define Ballroom dancing? The safe sex of the nineties? The vertical expression of a horizontal thought? A satisfaction of the fundamental need to celebrate one's body through movement to music?

      In Ettore Scola's 1982 film, Le Bal, life from the 1930s to the 1980s is depicted on the dance floor in a Paris dance hall. As the social and political climate changes, fashions change, faces change, even the dances change. But two things remains constant, the space in which the dancers move and the need to eliminate that distance between them. Scola's characters leave the dance hall as they entered it, alone. If this is symbolic of life, is it any wonder that we look for moments when we can share a dance, an embrace, a chance for happiness, a bit of heaven here on earth? One thing is certain: In a world in which people feel increasingly alienated, touch dancing provides a form of contact. As Irving Berlin wrote, "Heaven, I'm in heaven . . . / And I seem to find the happiness I seek / When we're out together dancing cheek to cheek."


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      The intimacy of ballroom dancing gives it new life.

      In the early sixties, when Chubby Checker performed the twist on American Bandstand, he changed the face of social dancing. It was the beginning of the end for "touch dancing," an era that began in the late eighteenth century with the waltz, and included such dances as the fox-trot, tango, rumba, samba, and swing, to name a few. But just as the waltz takes its dancers full circle across the dance floor, returning them to where they first began, today's baby boomers and members of Generation X are turning back to the dances of the past, embracing each other on the dance floor while embracing the dance styles of their parents and grandparents.

      Since 1990 there has been a dramatic increase in the number of twenty- and thirtysomethings turning to ballroom dance. Figures shows a 110-percent increase among those under the age of thirty, and a 75-percent increase among those in their thirties and forties, according to the United States Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association, a nationwide organization that governs and promotes ballroom dance locally, nationally, and internationally.

      Social dance is a continually evolving from that reflects the spirit of the time and, in particular, the ever-changing relations between the sexes. What does this trend back to touch dancing tell us then about the status of sexual relations today?

      "Monogamy is in," says Carlan Russell, ballroom dance instructor and co-owner of Aequus Dance Studio in New York City. And when relationships are in, according to Russell, so is ballroom dance. She has a point. The last time touch dancing had such a strong hold on young people was in the 1940s, during World War II, when the uncertainties of that time encouraged the intimacy of clinging together on, as well as off, the dance floor. There is uncertainty among today's young people too, the uncertainty brought on by AIDS. But the paradox of AIDS is that it encourages people to enter into monogamous relationships at the same time that it hinders from finding such relationships. Singles are apprehensive about the prospect of meeting and dating, let along making contact and touching. Ballroom dance provides a safe form of contact, so safe, it seems, that many women now go to ballroom dance clubs alone.

      "I feel comfortable going by myself, because I know the people are there to dance," says Gail, a thirty-one-year-old schoolteacher. "A man typically will dance a few dances with me and then go ask another woman." Men, too, feel less threatened in an atmosphere that stresses dancing. "There's not some agenda where I have to check someone out before I dance. Who's my next partner? I don't know. I'm just going to enjoy the dance," says one man.

      For some, ballroom dance is a form of "safe sex." Says Matthew, a thirty-eight-year-old computer programmer: "When I've danced with a hundred women in one week, I don't feel the need to date anybody. If I meet a woman, I'll spend all this money, go out to a restaurant and try to get to know her, talk to her, and then hopefully three or four days later we're going to dance and that will be the best part. This way I can do the best part again and again and again. So I don't have that craving for a dating situation. I come home totally, totally sated."

      Figueroa, dance instructor at Stepping Out Dance Studio in New York City. "The way the dances are choreographed, you're with a partner for a while and you can talk. With freestyle dance, the music is so loud you're apart and yelling at each other." The ballroom dance club is a breed apart from the traditional club or disco, which many young people find alienating. Remarks one man, "At the discos, people eyeball each other and avoid each other and wish they weren't there. You leave feeling much lonelier than when you came and wishing you'd never gone."

      In large part, the greater satisfaction given by touch dancing is due to the form and structure that determine not only the dance steps but also the interaction between the dancers. Dale Stotts, a dance instructor, points out that the steps are not the only thing students learn from ballroom dance: "It teaches you proper etiquette. A lot of people need to improve their social skills, just saying hello to someone." This structure, when it comes to the conduct between the sexes, is not new to ballroom dance. Guides and handbooks from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries presented strict guidelines to be followed by dancers in the ballroom. Such issues as how many times a man should ask a woman to dance, appropriate topics for conversation during a dance, and the significance of an introduction made in the ballroom were as relevant as learning the steps to the waltz.

      And how do today's young dancers feel about such structure? One of them tells me, "It's so much better. Structure means we can do something with each other, not just at each other. When you're apart, you're both doing something sort of show-offy, but when you're doing a rumba, for example, you're totally coordinated, two bodies doing one thing." The structure that at first glance may seem cold and formal actually helps in promoting intimacy. It makes it easier to touch and hold each other. As one instructor puts it, "Ballroom dance is sort of like a buffer. People want a reason to say, 'I have to communicate with you.' They can't do the dancing without touching someone, so it's almost like someone's saying, 'You have my permission to touch this person, to hold them, to ask them to dance.'" Perhaps, then, it is not the structure that is the key, but what the structure leads to.

      What it leads to is intimacy, and intimacy has always been a part of touch dancing. When the waltz hit the dance floor at the end of the eighteenth century, the dancers were not looking for structure but looking to abandon it. The waltz turned away from set forms and dance formations, from dancing at arm's length, which had been the practice for four previous centuries. It abandoned logic and rules, turned to emotion, and threw men and women into each other's arms, creating a private world in a public place. Is this what is happening today?

      Rather than looking for a set of rules and guidelines to follow, today's twenty- and thirtysomethings may be looking for ways to banish such guidelines; they are tired of hearing about safe sex and sexual harassment. The trend to ballroom dancing could represent a search for the days when much about love and sex was left unsaid instead of being topics for seemingly endless debates about what is careful and correct in the matter of sexual relations. Ballroom dance offers a way to close the gap between the sexes, to achieve closeness, intimacy, passion, and romance.

      "The nineties are a time for searching for new norms of behavior. How do we relate?" asks Antioch University President Alan E. Guskin, in response to his school's "sexual offense policy" (nine pages of sexual conduct codes that demand verbal consent at each minute stage of sexual interaction). But in ways that verbal communication taken to extremes, as at Antioch, pushes the sexes apart, touch dancing steps in to bring them together.

      "We're alienated. This forces us to run up against each other," says Matthew. "You get this person you've never met, you're holding them in a consensual way, and it's not crossing anybody's boundaries. It allows a form of closeness, it's not an offensive thing, and it feels incredibly alive." While touch dancing is choreographed with conversation in mind, the communication that occurs during a touch dance is primarily nonverbal. "It's a way to meet people without necessarily being verbal," says Kyle Larsen, a dance instructor. "I think it's very rough today. You don't have a lot of physical contact with people. People just have contact with the people in their office. But there's something about either holding somebody in your arms or being held by somebody gently and dancing around that's really lovely. It's like you're taking care of each other."

      While each dance communicates its own message, the Argentine tango is probably the most conversational. It is the one dance in which the man and woman are not the mirror image of each other. In this dance, the woman can initiate many of the moves. "It's like making love," says Regan, a thirty-nine-year-old composer. Men and women agree that of all the dances the tango is the one that most naturally evokes an image of passion. Carlan Russell claims that this is because of the music. A tango in 2/4 time has a simplistic, unrelenting rhythm similar to Ravel's Bolero. And like Bolero, it strikes a chord of emotion.

      Bob Crease, president of the New York Swing Dance Society and professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, thinks this trend has ultimately to do with music. Usually new dances come in tandem with new popular music. In the Big-Band era, musicians made their living and became big names by traveling from club to club playing for kids who wanted to dance to their music. But after the war, music was increasingly produced in recording studios. "When the music detached itself from the dancing, it became something almost cerebral. There is a fundamental human need to celebrate one's body through movement," says Crease. And this need, he claims, has been denied young people.

      "I think twenty- and thirty-year-olds feel like they've missed out on ballroom," says Angel Figueroa. "Now we've given it a title; it's 'ballroom dancing,' whereas to our parents it was just dancing. It didn't matter what kind it was. You could do it in the basement of your house or in the speakeasies, the little basement apartments with the little blue and red lights on them. But I think the young people are catching up with it again, and I don't think they're going to let it go this time."

      How should we define Ballroom dancing? The safe sex of the nineties? The vertical expression of a horizontal thought? A satisfaction of the fundamental need to celebrate one's body through movement to music?

      In Ettore Scola's 1982 film, Le Bal, life from the 1930s to the 1980s is depicted on the dance floor in a Paris dance hall. As the social and political climate changes, fashions change, faces change, even the dances change. But two things remains constant, the space in which the dancers move and the need to eliminate that distance between them. Scola's characters leave the dance hall as they entered it, alone. If this is symbolic of life, is it any wonder that we look for moments when we can share a dance, an embrace, a chance for happiness, a bit of heaven here on earth? One thing is certain: In a world in which people feel increasingly alienated, touch dancing provides a form of contact. As Irving Berlin wrote, "Heaven, I'm in heaven . . . / And I seem to find the happiness I seek / When we're out together dancing cheek to cheek."

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      Dance Lessons LI offered areas covering Albertson, Alden Manor, Atlantic Beach, Baldwin, Baldwin Harbor, Barnum Island, Baxter Estates, Bayville, Bellerose, Bellerose Terrace, Bellmore, Bethpage, Brookville, Carle Place, Cedarhurst, Centre Island, Cove Neck, East Atlantic Beach, East Hills, East Massapequa, East Meadow, East Norwich, East Rockaway, East Williston, Elmont, Farmingdale, Floral Park, Flower Hill, Franklin Square, Freeport, Garden City, Garden City Park, Garden City South, Glen Cove, Glen Head, Glenwood Landing, Great Neck, Great Neck Estates, Great Neck Plaza, Greenvale, Harbor Hills, Harbor Isle, Hempstead, Hempstead Village, Herricks, Hewlett, Hewlett Bay Park, Hewlett Harbor, Hewlett Neck, Hicksville, Inwood, Island Park, Jericho, Kensington, Kings Point, Lake Success, Lakeview, Lattingtown, Laurel Hollow, Lawrence, Levittown, Lido Beach, Locust Grove, Locust Valley, Long Beach, Lynbrook, Malverne, Manhasset, Manhasset Hills, Manorhaven, Massapequa, Massapequa Park, Matinecock, Meadowmere Park, Merrick, Mill Neck, Mineola, Munsey Park, Muttontown, New Cassel, New Hyde Park, 
      North Bellmore, North Hempstead, North Hills, North Massapequa, North Merrick, North New Hyde Park, North Valley Stream, North Wantagh, North Woodmere, Oceanside, Old Bethpage, Old Brookville, Old Westbury, Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove, Plainedge, Plainview, Plandome, Plandome Heights, Plandome Manor, Point Lookout, Port Washington, Port Washington North, Rockville Centre, Roosevelt, Roslyn, Roslyn Estates, Roslyn Harbor, Roslyn Heights, Russell Gardens, Saddle Rock, Saddle Rock Estates, Sands Point, Sea Cliff, Seaford, Searingtown, South Farmingdale, South Floral Park, South Hempstead, Stewart Manor, Syosset, Thomaston, Uniondale, University Gardens, Upper Brookville, Valley Stream, Wantagh, Westbury, West Hempstead, Williston Park, Woodbury, Woodmere and Woodsburgh. 

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      Dance Lessons LI offered in areas covering Amagansett, Amity Harbor, Amityville, Apaquogue, Aquebogue, Asharoken, Babylon, Babylon Baiting Hollow, Bay Point, Bay Shore, Bayport, Beach Hampton, Belle Terre, Bellport, Blue Point, Bohemia, Brentwood, Bridgehampton, Brightwaters, Brookhaven, Calverton, Captree Island, Center Moriches, Centereach, Centerport, Central Islip, Cherry Grove, Cold Spring Harbor, Commack, Copiague, Coram, Crab Meadow, Cutchogue, Davis Park, Deer Park, Dering Harbor, Dix Hills, East Farmingdale, East Hampton, East Hampton, East Islip, East Marion, East Moriches, East Northport, East Patchogue, East Quogue, East Setauket, Eastport, Eatons Neck, Elwood, Fair Harbor, Farmingville, Fire Island, Fire Island Pines, Fishers Island, Flanders, Fort Salonga, Gardiners Island, Gilgo Beach, Gordon Heights, Great River, Greenlawn, Greenport, Halesite, Hampton Bays, Hauppauge, Head of the  Harbor, Holbrook, Holtsville, Huntington, Huntington Bay, Huntington Station, Islandia, Islip, Islip Terrace, Jamesport, Kings Park, Kismet, Lake Grove, Lake Ronkonkoma, Laurel, Lindenhurst, Lloyd Harbor, Lloyd Neck, Manorville, Mastic, Mastic Beach, Mattituck, Medford, Melville, Middle Island, Miller Place, Montauk, Moriches, Mount Sinai, Napeague, Nesconset, New Suffolk, Nissequogue, North Amityville, North Babylon, North Bay,  Shore, North Bellport, North Great River, North Haven, North Lindenhurst, North Patchogue,  North Sea, Northport, Noyack, Oak Beach, Oakdale, Ocean Bay Park, Ocean Beach, Old Field, Old Mastic, Orient, Orient Point, Patchogue, Peconic, Plum Island, Poquott, Port Jefferson, Quioque, Quogue, Remsenburg, Ridge, Riverhead, Robins Island, Rocky Point, Ronkonkoma, Sag Harbor, Sagaponack, Saint James, Saltaire, San Remo, Sayville, Seaview, Selden, Setauket, Shelter Island, Shelter Island Heights, Shirley, Shoreham, Smithtown, Sound Beach, South Huntington, South Jamesport, South Setauket, Southampton, Southampton, Southold, Speonk, Springs, Star Island, Stony Brook, Terryville, Upton, Village of the Branch, Wading River, Wainscott, Water Mill, West Babylon, West Bay Shore, West Gilgo Beach, West Hampton Dunes, West Hills, West Islip, West Sayville, Westhampton, Westhampton Beach, Wheatley Heights, Wincoma, Wyandanch and Yaphank.

      Dance Lessons Brooklyn

      Dance Lessons Brooklyn offered in areas covering Bath Beach, Bay Ridge, Bedford-Stuyvesant Bensonhurst, Bergen Beach, Boerum Hill, Borough Park, Brighton Beach, Broadway Junction, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, Brownsville, Bushwick, Canarsie, Carroll Gardens, City Line, Clinton Hill, Cobble Hill, Coney Island, Crown Heights, Cypress Hills, Ditmas Park, Downtown Brooklyn, Dyker Heights, East Flatbush, East New York, Flatbush, Flatlands, Fort Greene, Fort Hamilton, Fulton Ferry, Georgetown, Gerritsen Beach, Gowanus, Gravesend, Greenpoint, Highland Park, Homecrest, Kensington, Manhattan Beach, Marine Park, Midwood, Mill Basin, New Lots, Ocean Hill, Ocean Parkway, Paerdegat Basin, Park Slope, Plum Beach, Prospect Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Prospect Park South, Red Hook, Remsen Village, Rugby, Sea Gate, Sheepshead Bay, Spring Creek, Sunset Park, Vinegar Hill, Williamsburg, Windsor Terrace and Wingate.

      Dance Lessons Bronx

      Dance Lessons Bronx offered in areas covering Baychester, Bedford Park, Belmont, Bronx, Castle Hill, City Island, Clason Point, Country Club, Eastchester, Edgewater Park, Fieldston, Fordham, Hart Island, High Bridge, Hunts Point, Kings Bridge, Longwood, Melrose, Morris Park, Morrisania, Mott Haven, Mount Eden, Mount Hope, Norwood, Olinville, Parkchester, Pelham Bay, Port Morris, Rikers Island, Riverdale, Schuylerville, Soundview, Spuyten, Duyvil, Throgs Neck, Unionport, University Heights, Van Nest, Wakefield, West Farms, Westchester, Westchester Square, Williamsbridge and Woodlawn.

      Dance Lessons SI - Dance Lessons Staten Island

      Dance Lessons SI offered in areas covering Annadale, Arden Heights, Arlington, Arrochar, Bay Terrace, Bloomfield, Bulls Head, Castleton Corners, Charleston, Chelsea, Clifton, Concord, Dongan Hills, Elm Park, Eltingville, Emerson Hill, Graniteville, Grant City, Grasmere, Great Kills, Greenridge, Grymes Hill, Heartland Village, Howland Hook, Huguenot, Lighthouse Hill, Mariners Harbor, Midland Beach, New Brighton, New Dorp, New Springville, Oakwood, Old Town, Port Ivory, Port Richmond, Prince's Bay, Randall Manor, Richmond Town, Richmond Valley, Rosebank, Saint George, Shore Acres, Silver Lake, South Beach, Stapleton, Staten Island, Sunnyside, Todt Hill, Tompkinsville, Tottenville, Travis, West New Brighton, Westerleigh and Woodrow.

      History of Salsa Dance and Music

      Salsa is not easily defined. What is Salsa? A sauce, a recipe, a dance? Who invented salsa? The Cubans, Puerto Ricans? Salsa is a distillation of many Latin and Afro-Caribbean dances. Each played a large part in its evolution.

      Salsa is similar to Mambo in that both have a pattern of six steps danced over eight counts of music. The dances share many of the same moves. In Salsa, turns have become an important feature, so the overall look and feel are quite different form those of Mambo. Mambo moves generally forward and backward, whereas, Salsa has more of a side to side feel.

      A look at the origin of Salsa

      By: Jaime Andrés Pretell

      It is not only Cuban; nevertheless we must give credit to Cuba for the origin and ancestry of creation. It is here where Contra-Danze (Country Dance) of England/France, later called Danzón, which was brought by the French who fled from Haiti, begins to mix itself with Rhumbas of African origin (Guaguanco, Colombia, Yambú). Add Són of the Cuban people, which was a mixture of the Spanish troubadour (sonero) and the African drumbeats and flavora and a partner dance flowered to the beat of the clave.

      This syncretism also occurred in smaller degrees and with variations in other countries like the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Puerto Rico, among others. Bands of these countries took their music to Mexico City in the era of the famous films of that country (Perez Prado, most famous ...). Shortly after, a similar movement to New York occurred. In these two cities, more promotion and syncretism occurred and more commercial music was generated because there was more investment.

      New York created the term "Salsa", but it did not create the dance. The term became popular as nickname to refer to a variety of different music, from several countries of Hispanic influence: Rhumba, Són Montuno, Guaracha, Mambo, Cha cha cha, Danzón, Són, Guguanco, Cubop, Guajira, Charanga, Cumbia, Plena, Bomba, Festejo, Merengue, among others. Many of these have maintained their individuality and many were mixed creating "Salsa".

      If you are listening to today's Salsa, you are going to find the base of són, and you are going to hear Cumbia, and you are going to hear Guaracha. You will also hear some old Merengue, built-in the rhythm of different songs. You will hear many of the old styles somewhere within the modern beats. Salsa varies from site to site. In New York, for example, new instrumentalization and extra percussion were added to some Colombian songs so that New Yorkers - that dance mambo "on the two" - can feel comfortable dancing to the rhythm and beat of the song, because the original arrangement is not one they easily recognize.

      This is called "finishing", to enter the local market. This "finish" does not occur because the Colombian does not play Salsa, but it does not play to the rhythm of the Puerto Rican/Post-Cuban Salsa. I say Post-Cuban, because the music of Cuba has evolved towards another new and equally flavorful sound.

      Then, as a tree, Salsa has many roots and many branches, but one trunk that unites us all. The important thing is that Salsa is played throughout the Hispanic world and has received influences of many places within it. It is of all of us and it is a sample of our flexibility and evolution. If you think that a single place can take the credit for the existence of Salsa, you are wrong. And if you think that one style of dance is better, imagine that the best dancer of a style, without his partner, goes to dance with whomever he can find, in a club where a different style predominates. He wouldn't look as good as the locals. Each dancer is accustomed to dance his/her own style. None is better, only different. Viva la variedad, Viva la Salsa!

       

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