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Learn Ballroom Dances – It’s Easier Than You Think

There are many reasons why you should learn dancing. It’s fun, stimulating, social, and a great workout just to name a few. And you know what - anybody can learn how to dance. If you can walk, you can dance. Yes, even if you think you have two left feet. Of course, you must have reasonable expectations. For example, you won’t learn everything overnight. You will have to commit yourself to it, but if you take the right approach, it’s going to be both easy and enjoyable. If you want to learn waltz, foxtrot, rumba, samba, cha cha, jive, swing, or tango - the sooner you start, the sooner you will get there. Dancing is essentially easy, you just need to take the right approach. What do I mean by that? Firstly, you need good ballroom dance lessons. All beginners need lessons, there are no shortcuts here. Today, you have a few options.

You can take a dancing class of your choice or you can get lessons on DVDs. Dancing classes are good, but they can be quite expensive and are often inconvenient. They are also not a very good choice for timid beginners who are afraid they will embarrass themselves in public. You won’t believe how many people don’t start dancing just because of this reason. But luckily there are other options like DVDs. Dance courses on DVDs are great to get your feet wet. Especially if you’re afraid to embarrass yourself. You can learn everything you need to know in the privacy of your own home. And there is also another advantage and that is that you can learn at your own pace. Of course, not all DVDs are made equally, so do your research and choose wisely. The best DVD ballroom dance course that I have seen is from Legacy Learn & Master series. You can’t go wrong with that.

When learning the ballroom dances, be prepared to learn things like measures, counting, tempos, and so on. Don’t be intimidated by these words, they actually quite easy to understand. But you will have to get familiar with them, if you truly want to get the dance you’re learning. And which dance should you learn first? This is a common beginner’s question. You can’t go wrong with the classics like Waltz or Foxtrot, but on the other hand, you can’t go wrong with any other ballroom dances either. Eventually you’ll get familiar with most of them. The bottom line - learning how to ballroom dance isn’t as difficult as many would have you believe. So put the dancing shoes on and start learning. You definitely won’t regret it.

The History Of Salsa

Salsa is an excellent dance - exciting, romantic and incredibly sensuous. And in case you didn’t know it already - it is also very beginner friendly. If you’re new to Latin American dances, then Salsa is an excellent choice to get your feet wet.

Salsa instructors like to say - if you can walk, you can Salsa. And you know what - they are totally right. But in this post, we won’t be learning how to dance Salsa, instead we’ll have a quick peek into the history of Salsa.

Salsa has a rather complicated history. We don’t really know who invented it. It has been refined and transformed significantly over time from the combination of several Latin and Afro-Caribbean dances. It’s not really known where it came from. Some say Cuba, others believe Puerto Rico. We’ll never know for sure.

Next, the name. Why is Salsa Salsa? You probably know that the word Salsa originates from the Spanish language. It essentially means sauce, a hot and spicy sauce, to be precise. But exactly why was the Spanish word for sauce used to describe a form of dance? Excellent question.

It would appear that it was because to the cuban composer Ignacio Pineiro, who composed a song titled Echale Salsita. In 1930s when this song was composed, the word Salsa grew to become a common nickname for several Latin dances including rumba, cha cha cha, mambo, cumbia, plena, festejo, merengue, danzon, son, and so on.

The style of dancing which we at present know as Salsa has been inspired, for the lack of better word, by a number of other dances of the Latin origin. Mambo, for instance, is very like Salsa (or perhaps it is the other way around). Both these dances share many moves and have a sequence of 6 steps danced over 8 counts of music.

Through the years several different forms of Salsa appeared:, so today we have New York style, LA style, Puerto Rican style, Cuban style, Colombian or Cumbia style, Rueda style, Cali style, and Miami style just to name a few. All are Salsa, but they might have distinct step patterns, moves, turns, timing and so forth.

Nowadays, Salsa is danced and enjoyed across the globe by men and women of all ages and sizes. As one of the least complicated dances to learn, it’s also an ideal choice for people who are newcomers to the world of dancing. Try it out for yourself, you wont regret it.


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