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Muy Caliente: Spice up your dance moves with the salsa

Do you love to dance, but have a limited repertoire when it is time to get on the dance floor? Or are you like me, love dancing, but have two left feet? Whatever your capabilities, spice things up with a little salsa. A Latin dance that is a combination of other Spanish styles like the mambo and the bachata, the salsa has become very popular in the Philadelphia area with dance clubs and dance studios offering beginning and intermediate level classes.

Muy Caliente: Spice up your dance moves with the salsa

La Luna Dance Studio teaches salsa classes for different levels of experience (Photo courtesy of La Luna Dance Studio via Facebook)
La Luna Dance Studio teaches salsa classes for different levels of experience (Photo courtesy of La Luna Dance Studio via Facebook)

Do you love to dance, but have a limited repertoire when it is time to get on the dance floor? Or are you like me: love dancing, but have two left feet? Whatever your capabilities, spice things up with a little salsa.  A Latin dance that is a combination of other Spanish styles like the mambo and the bachata, the salsa has become very popular in the Philadelphia area with dance clubs and studios offering beginning and intermediate level classes. There are many different styles of salsa like the L.A. Style, New York Style and Miami Style so make sure you find out which type is being taught. Here are a few locations where you can get some salsafication.

Art in Motion Dance Academy, 231 N. 12th St., Philadelphia. Beginner and Intermediate classes and a kids’ class.

Brasil's, 112 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. Wednesday classes from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Stay for DJ Ray Rockwell spinning salsa, mernegue and bachata from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Community Education Center, 3500 Lancaster Ave., West Philadelphia. Beginner level on Wednesdays, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Salsa in the Suburbs Dance Studio, 1245 N. Providence Rd., Media, PA. Beginner and Intermediate level classes.

Club 212, 212 Bridge St., Phoenixville, PA. Beginner salsa on Thursdays, 8:30-9:30 p.m. Stay and practice your dance moves with the D.J. from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Stardust Ballroom 363 W. Browning Rd., Bellmawr, NJ. Beginner level class on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month.

La Luna Dance Studio 4610 Bensalem Blvd., Bensalem, PA. Beginner and Advanced classes and a Salsa Bootcamp starting June 22.

Salsa Dance Venue & Studio at Sunnybrook Farm, 50 Sunnybrook Rd., Pottstown, PA. Introduction to Salsa, Beginner and Intermediate Salsa

Check out each venue for the most up-to date schedule and registration information. Most lessons are held in 6-8 week sessions and while some places will let you jump in at any point in the schedule, others require you to wait until the beginning of the new session.

For the salsa newbies out there, here are a couple of tips to keep in mind when starting class. You don't have to worry about bringing a partner. There are usually plenty of partners to go around. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes that won’t fall off when you are spinning (no strappy sandals) and don’t wear boots because they slow down your turns. Many of these places will have a dress code. Casual usually means you can wear jeans but no shorts, t-shirts or sneakers.  Callo pero elegante (“street but elegant”) means classy but elegant. Usually this means jeans are okay, but dress them up a bit. If it is a "Date" dress code then jeans are not allowed.

Tracey Romero Philly.com
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