Salsa

Salsa is a dance form with origins from Cuba and Puerto Rico as a major original American meeting point of Spanish (European) and African cultures.

Salsa is normally a partner dance, although there are recognized solo forms such as solo dancing « suelta » and « Rueda de Casino » where multiple couples exchange partners in a circle. Salsa can be improvised or performed with a set routine.

Salsa is popular throughout Latin America as well as in North America, Europe, Australia, and some countries in Asia and the Middle East. It is fast becoming a global phenomenon. In Egypt, Salsa has indeed become a new phenomenon, with many classes and workshops available in Cairo, as well as a few in Alexandria.

Salsa’s roots are based on Afro-Cuban Rumba and Son dancing, and is open to improvisation and thus it is continuously evolving. New modern salsa styles are associated and named to the original geographic areas that developed them. There are often devotees of each of these styles outside of their home territory. Characteristics that may identify a style include: timing, basic steps, foot patterns, body rolls and movements, turns and figures, attitude, dance influences and the way that partners hold each other. The point in a musical bar music where a slightly larger step is taken (the break step) and the direction the step moves can often be used to identify a style.

Incorporating other dance styling techniques into salsa dancing has become very common, for both men and women: shimmies, leg work, arm work, body movement, spins, body isolations, shoulder shimmies, rolls, even hand styling, acrobatics and lifts.

Latin American styles originate from Cuba and surrounding Caribbean islands and then expanding to Venezuela, Colombia, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and the rest of the Latin states; also heavily influence « Miami » style which is a fusion of Cuban style and North American version. The styles include « Casino », Miami-Style, Cali-style and Venezuelan Style.

North American styles have different characteristics: Los Angeles style breaks on the first beat « On 1 » while New York style breaks on the second beat « On 2 ». Both have different origins and evolutionary path, as the New York Salsa is heavily influenced by Jazz instruments in its early growth stage.

 

About the instructor

Khaled El Masry is a young Salsa instructor currently working in Alexandria. After a training in Egyptian folk dance and in Modern Dance in Cairo, Khaled soon discovered a very strong passion in Salsa and Latin dances. He trained in Cairo under the supervision of local renowned teachers as well as guest instructors coming from abroad. He started teaching Salsa in 2007. He also organises the weekly Salsa Night which takes place at the Montreal Cafe & Bar, Hotel Azur, on the seafront at Stanley Bridge.

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A propos de l’intervenant

Khaled El Masry est un jeune professeur de Salsa, qui travaille actuellement a Alexandrie. Après une formation en folklore égyptien et en danse moderne, Khaled s’est rapidement pris de passion pour la Salsa et les danses latines. Il a effectue une formation au Caire, sous la direction des grands professeurs locaux ainsi que de professeurs invites venant de l’étranger. Il a commence a enseigner la Salsa en 2007. Il organise également chaque mercredi la Soirée Salsa du Café & Bar Le Montréal, Hôtel Azur, a cote du Pont de Stanley.

 

Schedule

Sundays and Tuesdays at 7pm / Dimanche et Mardi a 19h

Special discounted rate = 4 weeks sessions, 2 classes a week, 200 LE (that is only 25 LE per class)

/ Tarif special = sessions de 4 semaines, 2 classes par semaine, 200 LE (seulement 25 LE par classe)

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