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Salsa’s Manifestation

A definition for “dance”

  1. v.intr. To move rhythmically usually to music, using prescribed or improvised steps and gestures.
  2. v. To move with measured steps, or to a musical accompaniment; to go through, either alone or in company with others, with a regulated succession of movements, (commonly) to the sound of music; to trip or leap rhythmically.

There are two components to dance, movement and music. Unlike movement, we can't see music. Neither can we touch it. Maybe if we could, we'd pay more attention to the music and find out how it worked better.


Subject: Salsa tutorial web pages


Just thought I'd take a minute to say thanks very much for taking the time to put up your Salsa tutorial web pages! I've recently started salsa classes, and find it very helpful to have somewhere to go to check things out (and get a different perspective!)

I particularly like the tutorials about tuning in to the salsa music, as this is something I find helps enormously, but is very hard to pick up just from classes (and it's something that classes rarely seem to concentrate on)... maybe some people don't find learning the music as exciting as the moves, but plenty of us do, and your pages were exactly what I was looking for!

Many thanks,
Patrick S.


I feel that what is described as “ear training” by others, needs as much an evolution in attitude as it does an improved sensitivity to selected sounds. If only we spent as much time learning about music as we do about learning moves…

These tutorials are here for those of you who'd like to redress the balance: to explore the role of the dancer in music; to develop your ability to identify your rhythmic location in any song; to make a profound musical connection with salsa; and to ease your self-expression.

Being educators, dancers, and instrumentalists, I feel that our tutorial designers are ideally suited to the task. I hope that at the end of it, you'll share our passion and come to view dance as the physical manifestation of music.

Please note: in keeping with the principle of the programme, these tutorials feature audio support only.

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