Dear Charlotte Salsa Maniac Dancers,
As many of you know, I have had the pleasure and great honor to be the Latin dance instructor at LaTorres, Cosmos, RiRas, Salamander at Morehead Café, Center Vibe (now Move Studio), the International House, A Piece of Havana, at numerous Universities, restaurants, festivals, and in places all along the East Coast, Puerto Rico, even in the Midwest. I have been blessed to have instructors from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Chile, El Salvador, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, and of course many from the United States. It has been a journey for which I am eternally grateful.
While I have been a performer and a competitor, my first love besides just doing the dance with people who share a passion for the dance, is teaching. I was born to teach. I served as a university professor for most of my working life. I love to teach, especially beginners, for the gift of dance is such a great gift, and it transforms one’s life.
I also love teaching those who already know how to dance well, for I love to help them find their own voice in the dance. Let me be more specific.
You can often tell where someone has studied because they dance like their teachers. This is not a bad thing. But, in my view, while I hope you will find in my dancing something you want to imitate or model in your dancing, what is more important to me is that I help you to find your voice, your style, your personal expression. How do we do this?
First you learn it, then you master it, then you make it beautiful? These were the words, the mantra from my Kung Fu Wu Su teacher in New York City, where I studied Shaolin Kung Fu Wu Su. Learning it requires being receptive. Mastering it requires understanding what you are learning and practicing it until it is second nature. Meaning, you don’t have to think about it. You just do it. Like walking; you have mastered it, so much so that you don’t think about walking, you just walk to where you want to go. And making it beautiful, that is where you make it beautiful to the eye, where the one looking at what you do, would say you make it look so easy and graceful; so beautiful . That means you have made your stamp on the dance; you have found your voice, your personal self-expression.
That is our goal, to make your body your instrument, so you can play your music. Remember when you get a musical instrument it is called an instrument. But, it is not an instrument until you master it, then it is an instrument by which you can bring forth your music.
That is what we are after with Salsa De Soul. When you see it, making it beautiful to me, means making it look smooth (which is just part of the “cool” family). And when you see two people doing it together, you will say that look so connected, their dance so romantic, and they appear to love what they are doing and to be lost in their own world. You will say their steps and their movements are so clear, and they seem magical; captivating, so ALIVE.
That is Salsa De Soul, and I am back to teaching classes as a course of study, starting July 16th. The particulars are included hereinafter. I hope you will join us.
Looking forward to seeing you on the dance floor,
“the Professor, the Cat in the Hat”
As already mentioned, starting Tuesday, July 16th,in addition to the A Piece of Havana free class on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month, I will be teaching a weekly class at a studio in the downtown East boulevard area. There is free parking, and the dance studio has wonderful hardwood floors and a wall of mirrors. So we will really able to do our work. The prices for the class are listed on the flyer: but here is a summary.
Per class $15.00
For entire five week course series of 5 classes: $60.00
Children (parent must discuss with me prior to enrolling) $10 per class, or $40 for the 5 week session.
You will note that by doing the full course session (either for Adult or child) you end up getting one class for free. I recommend you take the entire course of study. Not only will you save money, you will get the full curriculum of the five weeks which is designed to get you a great foundation, while we simultaneously have a great time along the way.
The details are described on the attached flyer. And I intend to put a cap on enrollment so I can give attention to each student. So I recommend you indicate and secure your place in the class while spaces are still available. I hope you will join us.
Note you can pay by cash, check, or credit card