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Salsa Boot Camp and Workshop - Beginners

Dear Charlotte Salsa Maniacs Community,

If you are an absolute beginner, this workshop is for you

If you are not an absolute beginner, but you want a review and to advance your dance skills, this workshop is for you.

If you haven’t danced salsa in a while and you want to get back in the groove, this workshop is for you.

If you have been trying to get your friend or your partner into salsa, bring your friend and help him or her to start the journey.  This workshop is for you. The workshop will not exceed twenty people so as to provide real individual attention and input.

Come join us on Saturday, June 7 from 11 am to 12:30 pm.  At the Abundant Life  Dance Studio at 2424 North Davidson Street,  Suite 110 Charlotte, NC I [masked] or [masked] Questions: Call Mariah at[masked]

The price is $25.00 per person, or $40 per couple. But For Charlotte Salsa Maniacs Meetup Members, the price is $20 per person or $30 per couple. If you do the second immediate workshop that starts at 12:30 - 2; your price is $15 per workshop (a great savings).

If you don't like to read, and if you like your information short and sweet. Well you got it. You got the when, where, what, and how. If you want more detail. Read on.

We will start with warm up exercises and Bachata (if you don’t know Bachata, you will learn)

Then you will learn about the music and how to listen and how to dance to the music. You are not dancing in a vacuum. You are dancing to the music, and you are as much a part of the experience as are the singers and the musicians; your body is your instrument.  The dance begins within you. It is all about the joy in dancing, and about finding your own dancing voice and style.

  Body work

              Most instructors focus on dancing with focus on the steps

              But you don’t dance on your feet; you dance with your feet,

              You dance with your entire body. We will get your body involved



              The salsa basic step (with variations)

              The Cuban style basic side step

              The Cumbia style basic back side  step

  Africando sytle elements (focus on body movement, rhythm, and creative use of foot work and the pauses)



             Left turn

             Side turns (right and left)

             Back around turns

             Half turns

  Styling (the Flavor)

       How and when; most people love to style, but do it as part of a routine, or so        frequently as to dilute its impact. Styling is an embellishment.  It is the flavor, the seasoning sauce on your Salsa. If you use it all the time, it spoils the flavor, it is distracting, and it means you are not really dancing to the music, for the music tells you when to style. As a musician, who played congos with Puerto Rican and Afro Cuban bands in NYC , and trumpet in R&B bands, before I learned a single Salsa step, I can attest to the fact that most dancers don’t bring real real real listening to their dance.  Listening is the key, not only to styling, but to leading and to following.  As a Tanguero, I can attest that listening is the key in Argentine Tango, and as a Salsero, I feel it gives so much more depth and possibility to my salsa dancing. Most of all, it gives me more connection to my partner.

If you want to find your own style, your own voice, it begins with listening, and with dancing from the inside out, from your heart, from your soul.  That is the first component of my style: Salsa de Soul. 

A Simple pattern and routine to help you practice.

Partnership work

  Dancing in partnerships

  For leaders, how to lead effectively

  For followers, how to follow

  Cross body lead

  Cross body lead with turns

Dance Floor Etiquette and Related Matters

When you finish this boot camp workshop, you will be able to dance go out dancing, and dance with anyone.

Note:  As most of my students know, I am teaching very few group classes in June and July. So these workshops provide a concentrated version of what I would ordinarily teach over several weeks.  It is an opportunity I hope you will not miss.

Looking forward to seeing you at the bootcamp/workshop this Saturday and at Social on Tuesday.

Muhammad Abdullah,

The Professor, the Cat in the Hat

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  • christine s.


    1 · June 7, 2014

    • Muhammad A.

      Christine, so glad you came and that you had a great time. It was a pleasure to meet you, and you did so well too.

      June 10, 2014

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