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SALSA


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SALSA CLASSES, LESSONS AND WORKSHOPS AT LATIN DANCE AUSTRALIA SYDNEY

Salsa is the most popular couple dance style in the world, and it’s quite easy to learn. The good thing about salsa is that if you enjoy going out, you are able to dance from Monday to Sunday, because salsa parties are very popular in Sydney. 
We also teach from beginners to the professional levels, so, if you fancy becoming a performer we tailor for that too.
At LDA we offer all styles of Salsa: Linear Salsa (A mix of LA and NY styles), On2 Salsa, Cuban Salsa, Rueda de Casino and more.
We cater from beginner to professional salsa dancers. 

ON1 LINEAR SALSA:
Dancers use lots of dips, flips, drops and tricks which make for a great show to watch. The back and forth Mambo basic,in a linear motion, is utilized with the leader breaking forward on 1. Because the dominating beat is the 1 beat which is the most accented beat in the series, the dancing looks and feels powerful and fast. L.A. style salsa has incorporated many other types of dancing including jazz, hip hop, and ballroom which is challenging for the dancers and entertaining for the viewers. Similar to the New York style salsa, many of the moves are created from cross body lead variations. Shines are an important component of this type of salsa with complicated, speedy footwork and jazzy moves.

ON2 SALSA/MAMBO:
On2 Salsa is basically salsa danced on the off beat of the music. The rhythm change enables you to slow your dance down and enjoy yourself by moving your body and relaxing more in your dance using everything you have already learnt in your Salsa On1 plus more. 
Technically speaking, dancing "On 2" refers to the beat the dancers break forward on. Followers will break forward with the left foot on the 2 and leaders will break forward on the 6. New York style salsa is distinguished by smooth, controlled, highly technical movements that are elegant, graceful, flow well and are not rushed. The style is very linear and many of the turn patterns evolve from cross body lead variations. Multiple spins, complicated footwork, Afro Cuban body movement and shines are a must. Dancing "On 2" is rhythmically more difficult as it is easier to hear the 1 beat and break on this beat. Many dancers learn to dance "On 1" first and then train "On 2" as they feel it is more musically and rhythmically rich and complex.

CUBAN SALSA/RUEDA DE CASINO:
Cuban salsa is most similar to the original form of salsa rooted in Cuba. It is characterized by Afro Cuban style body movement which includes body isolation and hip movement. Cuban style salsa does not have many fast spins. Instead the movement is very circular as opposed to linear and partners tend to travel around each other. The hip movement is more noticeable in this style and stems from the pumping of the knees. The footwork is quite simple - the complexity lies in the arm work which requires the follower to have limber, flexible arms. Cuban style salsa is considered "male dominated" in the sense that the leader tends to be more showy and will create a greater push/pull feel for the follower then many other styles. Most Cuban style dancers tap on the pauses which are on the 4th and 8th beats if the dancers dance on 1. However, Cuban style salsa dancers do not always stay on the 1 beat and tend to stray depending on where the music takes them.
Casino Rueda (meaning salsa wheel) is a group dance which originated in Havana , Cuba in the 1960s by a group called Guaracheros de Regla. In this dance, couples dance in a circle while one dancer, designated as "The Caller", provides hand signals or calls out the moves which will be executed by every couple in the circle simultaneously. Many of the Casino moves involve swapping or switching partners which makes the dance tricky to execute and spectacular to watch. Rueda is very popular in Cuba and Miami and has gained popularity all over the world. Cuban Rueda tends to be more playful with easy to follow fun moves while Miami Rueda has many complicated turn patterns and requires memorization and skill to execute. Many callers will know anywhere from 150-300 moves so memory, speed and accuracy is a key to ensuring the circle is not broken. The advantage of learning Casino Rueda is that all moves learned in the Rueda circle can be danced one on one with a partner adding to a dancer's repertoire of moves.

We offer over 15 Salsa classes a week on our regular courses timetable. Plus our performance courses.
Our classes are taught by selected instructors of the highest caliber. Most of them are winners of multiple championships.
We also offer Salsa Private Classes and Salsa corporate classes/team building. 

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SALSA PERFORMANCE COURSES AT LATIN DANCE AUSTRALIA SYDNEY

At LDA we offer countless opportunities for you to join Salsa performance courses and attend prestigious events around Sydney and interstate.
From Salsa beginners to advanced we offer choreographies catered for you. 
Usually you will learn a routine in 10 to 20 hours and then you will perform at major latin and salsa events around Australia.
Please check our performances page to learn more.

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SALSA COMPETITION TRAINING AND COURSES AT LATIN DANCE AUSTRALIA SYDNEY

At LDA we also offer opportunities for you to train hard and compete at major Salsa championships in Sydney and around the world.
Please check our competitions page to learn more.

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SALSA PARTIES IN SYDNEY

We run a few Salsa parties in Glebe/Sydney throughout the year. Convenient location. Easy to find and to park.
We have parties running at least once a month.
Please check our events page to see what is coming up.

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