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Entroducing ;-)

From: Jonathan J.
Sent on: Monday, December 7, 2009 4:57 PM
What up Party People,

It's an honor to be organizing events for this group and I wanted to send out a formal introduction to all you New York Salsa Group members about who I am and what I aim to do for this group ;-)

I've been living in NYC since 2006 and just recently stepped onto the NY Salsa Scene on February of Last year. I was so new to Salsa that I never realized that New Yorkers who are serious with Salsa dance it on "2", where as every where else in the world is predominantly danced on "1".

Taken from Wikipedia:
"...New York style emphasizes efficiency of movement, elegance, and body isolations. By focusing on control, timing, and precision of technique, dancers aim for smooth execution of tightly woven complex patterns. In New York City this style is danced strictly On 2, although dancers around the world often integrate elements and repertoire from New York into their dancing On 1.[citation needed]

On 2 timing emphasizes the conga drum's tumbao pattern[citation needed], and encourages the dancer to listen to percussive elements of the music. Advocates of New York Style consider this to more accurately reflect the Afro-Caribbean ancestry of the music[citation needed].

Many also refer to this style as "Mambo" since it breaks on beat 2 of the measure, though there are other dance forms with a more legitimate claim to that name. See (Mambo.) Mambo has been taught in ballroom schools throughout the world since the 1950s. For years ballroom competitions have featured Mambo as a competition dance. N.Y. style salsa therefore, has dominated Mambo and Salsa competitions over the years, although other styles are gaining respect and are sometimes danced as alternate competition categories.

The etiquette of New York style (salsa) is strict about remaining in the "slot" and avoiding traveling.

New York style tends to place a greater emphasis on performing "shines" where dancers separate and dance solo for a time.

New York style dancers are typically very serious about the musicality and timing of their dancing. To satisfy their tastes, "socials" are often held that cater to almost exclusively playing "salsa dura" (lit. "Hard Salsa")[citation needed]. This is mid-to-up-tempo salsa with an emphasis on percussion and band orchestration rather than the vocals.
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Emphasis:

The Empahsis of this group will be to get YOU off your toosh and into the club dancing SALSA. Our events will be geared to getting you to learn how to Dance Salsa on 2. It's not about you being a super star dancer more than it is to get you to learn about and appreciate the culture and music (becoming a good dancer eventually "just happens" when you do the other two ;-).

We are a non judgmental crowd and all are welcomed. It does not matter what level you are! If you're looking to dance salsa or meet cool new people then we invite you to rock the dance floor with us! As much as people may like to have you think that they were born dancing Salsa with out making mistakes, it isn't so, everyone had to start somewhere. As a mentor of mine used to always say "An overnight success takes 20 years." ;-)


The 411:

A big thing for us is Awareness and Education. So most of the emails you will be getting from Me will contain links to Salsa songs or videos to watch (if you haven't checked out the PBS documentary on Salsa please do: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/latinmusicusa/#/en/wat/02/01).

In conjunction with the NYC Salsa Dance Co. (Our Sponsors) you will have the opportunity to learn Salsa on 2 and be a part of a really fun and amazing Salsa Social Circle. It's fun to dance but with out a social circle to do it with you'll pretty much be dancing solo. A sense of Community and building healthy thriving relationships within that Community is very important to me. I believe that whatever you put out in this world (Positive or Negative) you get back tenfold. Which is why I love being POSITIVE ;-)

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me under "contact Organizer" and I'll get back to you promptly.


Please continue to enjoy this amazing Year and I look forward to seeing each and everyone of you at our upcoming events.


Cheers,


-j

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