September 27, 2013
We have successfully completed two class series, and as we begin our third series, we are now adding an intermediate level or level two class. This class will allow those who have begun to still continue their growth as dancers. In order to accommodate both classes (beginners and intermediates) we have two separate times and I have other instructors to assist me; although I will be the lead instructor for both classes. Having other instructors, makes it possible to give lots of individual attention. We want you to truly "get it."
The revised schedule is:
6:15 p.m - 7:15 pm. The beginner's class - Level 1
7:15 pm. - 8:15 pm. Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Level
Level 2 dancers should be able to comfortable do a cross body lead with inside turn. That means, leaders should be able to properly lead such a turn, and followers should be able to properly follow the lead, and maintain their balance while doing the turn.
Level 2 will focus on musicality, footwork, partnership work with some patterns, proper leading, proper following; men and women's styling; and comfort with some of the styles of salsa such as Cuban, Africando, and Colombian.
As with all the levels, we will focus on connection; connection with yourself first (being fully present), with your partner, and with the music.
We will focus on how to interpret the music, create your own dance, and find your personal style or signature... your dance voice.
As a former professional musician and artist, I hope to give you a perspective on the dance, a window through which you can see the music in a way that most people miss.
While we come to the class with a teaching plan, we will make adjustments in accordance with who are the students in the class. We move at a pace that works for our students.
Also, if you start in level 1 and find you are better prepared than you thought, you can move to level 2 (at least within the first two weeks of the course).
In like fashion, if you find that level 2 is more than you bargain for, you can move to level 1 to firm up your foundation, so that you are not just taking a course, you are mastering the essential elements of the course.
In Level 1 and level 2; we will at some juncture video tape you so you can see how you look when you dance. This is not mandatory, but it is highly recommended.
After we video tape your dance, we will immediately upload it to YOUTUBE. Just kidding, just checking to see if you are paying attention; to see if you are fully present.
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 you 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 lost
in their own world. You will say their steps and 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, we did our first
series starting July 16th – August 13th we completed our second series on Tuesday, September 24, and we begin our third series on Tuesday, October 1.
While I have already provided you with some of the particulars regarding course goals and course content, included hereinafter are few remaining details regarding costs and I hope you will join us.
Looking forward to seeing you on the dance floor,
“the Professor, the Cat in the Hat”
Tuesday, October 1,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.
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.
Abundant Life Creative Expressions Studio 1800 Camden
Road Suite 203 Charlotte, NC 28203 Please call the center at 9704)[masked] or
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