Cornell University


Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 7:25pm to 8:55pm

Helen Newman Hall, Dance Studio
North Campus

An introduction to Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Comparsa, Cha Cha Cha, and Son. Scroll to bottom for full course description.

Dates & Time
Tuesdays and Thursdays 6/25-81/, 7:25-8:55pm. 12 courses total, 1.5 hour each.

Helen Newman Hall Dance Studio, on Cornell’s North Campus. See Google Map or Campus Map.

Helen Newman Hall is located on Cradit Farm Road between Thurston Avenue and Pleasant Grove Road. Plenty of Parking is available in lots right before the building on its west side, next to Beebe Lake, and further uphill behind Appel Commons.

In person at 305 Helen Newman Hall, M-Th 7:30am-5:30pm, F 8:00am-4:00pm. If you cannot make it to the office before  Tuesday, but intend to register, you can come to the first class and register after the start date. Call 607-255-4286 for registration questions.
Payment: Credit card, cash or check accepted. $100 non-credit fee, same for all registrants.

Introduction to Latin Dance covers Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Comparsa, Cha Cha Cha, and Son. Salsa, the world’s most popular social dance, derives from the rhythms of Son, Rumba and Cha Cha Cha in Cuba, and fuses with a variety of sounds in Puerto Rico, Colombia and elsewhere in and around the Hispanic Caribbean, as well as with Jazz from the United  States. Bachata is a quintessential dance of the Dominican Republic; and Merengue of Latin America as a whole. Instruction emphasizes the development of dance foundations in musical timing, rhythm, body movement, lead-follow connection, and space use. Class begins with a  stretch and movement warm-up. We then teach steps and patterns across the floor, in rotating lines, as freestyle and in partner format. By the end of this course you will be able to take Latin dance to a higher level and pick up other partnered dances. No partner is necessary to register. Partners rotate. Class is gender-free: each student is free to learn the lead or follow role. Syllabus, music folders and social dance practice opportunities provided.

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Michael Ristorucci

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