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Salsa-Cultural Dance Presentation

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Ashna Gandhi

on 9 April 2014

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Transcript of Salsa-Cultural Dance Presentation

Salsa is a Latin dance that originated from Cuba and Columbia. It was first created in Cuba between 1950 to 1970. Then it became popular in places in the states like New York. Salsa can now be danced at special clubs that are usually available for all ages, at performances, or the everyday streets of Cuba, Mexico, Columbia and more.
The dance is done to fast Salsa music that is now popular worldwide, but the dancers can also dance at a slow pace depending on how skilled the person is. There are also many different types of salsa but they are all done to beats of 8.

Bajate is a type of Colombian salsa. It can be started from either the left or right. If it is started from the left, then the sequence would be left, left, left, pause right, right, right, pause and then repeat. If the dance would have been started from the right it would be the opposite. Whenever there is a pause dancers add a little tap to make it look nicer and more interesting. There are also many different series of more complicated steps that can include more intense foot work.
Salsa is usually done in pairs of one girl and one boy with the boy being the leader. This dance also requires lifts which means both the dancers have to trust each other and be comfortable with each other for the dance to look smooth, graceful and precise.

Salsa music
Costumes and Props
Salsa Music
Salsa dancing must be done in sync with salsa music so the music plays a big part. The music originally started with a mix of african drum rhythm and spanish guitar. After some time it changed in to some Latin American rhythms like the ones Cha Cha Cha, Carnival, and Tango. Some famous salsa songs include Quimbara by Celia Cruz, Lloraras by Oscar and El Sol de la Noche by salsa celtica.
Salsa clothing is designed to be comfortable to be able to dance in but at the same time look exotic and elegant. The salsa costume has to be coordinated with their partners.Girls costumes usually include of a skirt or a cocktail dress. There can be a lot of different colours and patterns used. For example crimped halters, one shoulder sleeved, floor length etc. Their costumes also consists of ruffles and frills because it makes them look even better when they have to turn or spin. For shoes they can go for comfort but they still have to look presentable or wear heels. For men they usually wear long sleeved , silk shirts in vibrant colours with sequins near the pockets to match dresses of their female partners. For bottoms they wear black or brown tight fitting pants and formal leather shoes. Props are not usually used in salsa dancing because the main attraction is the dancing between the two dancers.
Salsa dancing represents passion and freedom. The drumming patterns in salsa music were dedicated to African gods during a period of slavery. Salsa also represents coordination and perfection of the moves in sync with the beats and timings of the music.

Ashna, Puneet, and Krishna

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