Tuesday, November 28, 2006

DANCIN' MY BLUES AWAY


I am no dancer

The term "2 left feet" was probably coined keeping souls like me. How does one rate my dancing? Jerky, yes. Graceful? No !!!! Choreograph me & I might oblige. Leave me to dance on my own, and first-aid kits might need to be stocked.

However, there's been a novel interest in dance lately, namely Salsa. Joined classes after some persuasion, and loved it!!!! Though I know nothing of the dance form, I am LOVIN' IT!!!! The first class was a disaster even by my own standards, but ever since it has been JOY and the flesh is responding better to the moves demanded.

Dance can work magic through its graceful complexities. Salsa is watching two bodies move as one, in absolute agreement. There is magic in it for sure. Poetry in motion? Hell YEAH ! But not the slow, boring kind!!! No way. Try it for yourself, no matter how much you suck at dancing. If I can dance, even a dinosaur can (if they still existed, that is - pardon the archaic metaphor) I can feel the energy & enthusiasm coursing through my body & soul. Am gonna love the months to come :)


Salsa is usually a partner dance form that corresponds to salsa music. In some forms, it can also appear as a performance dance. The word is the same as the Spanish word salsa meaning sauce, or in this case flavour or style.

According to testimonials from musicologists and historians of music, the name salsa was gradually accepted among dancers throughout various decades. The very first time the word appeared on the radio was a composition by Ignacio Piñeiro, dedicated to an old African man who sold butifarras (a sausage-like product) in Central Road in Matanzas. It is a song titled Échale salsita, wherein the major refrain and chorus goes "Salsaaaaa! échale salsita, échale salsita." During the early 1950s, commentator and DJ "bigote" Escalona announced danceables with the title: "the following rhythm contains Salsa." Finally, the Spanish-speaking population of the New York area baptized Celia Cruz as the "Queen of Salsa."

Salsa is danced on music with a recurring eight-beat pattern, i.e. two bars of four beats. Salsa patterns typically use three steps during each four beats, one beat being skipped. However, this skipped beat is often marked by a tap, a kick, a flick, etc. Typically the music involves complicated percussion rhythms and is fast with around 180 beats per minute (see salsa music for more).

Salsa is a slot or spot dance, i.e., unlike Foxtrot or Samba, in Salsa a couple does not travel over the dance floor much, but rather occupies a fixed area on the dance floor. In some cases people do Salsa alone.




2 comments:

  1. 2 left feet...make that a pair of 2 left feet...ya sure wld love to learn and then ask..'Shall We Dance?'...

    and btw..just noticed it....thanks for the add-on!

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  2. Hi....Again commenting on old post....Sorry ! !! !!!

    Dance,.....hmmmmmmmm..... u know its always my passion....Always wanted to learn sumthingm but....Fav excuse..... didnt get time.... So i decided that atleast my sis who also got liking for dance will learn dance.... she has just started.... but still feel very happy to see her dancing.

    sumtime u feel happy 2 c that ur loved once r pursuing the things that u always wanted to do....

    "Kya ise hi kahte hai dusro ki khushi mai apni kushi manana?"....

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