Cornell University

SALSA Class 5 Week Series with After-Party

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 6:15pm to 8:40pm

Big Red Barn

Learn the world's most popular social dance - Salsa!

Dates: 9.11, 9.18, 9.25, 10.2, 10.9
Beginner 1 6:15-7:25pm
Beginner 2 2 7:30-8:40pm
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Students beginning on 9.11 will be integrated and caught up with those who started a week prior. Beginner 1 covers the fundamentals of timing, rhythm, body movement, lead-follow connection, basic step patterns and partner combinations. Students learn principles of Latin dance and musicality and how to incorporate this into Salsa dancing. Beginner 2 partner repertoire incorporates the components of Beginner 1 - right turns, cross-body leads, veils, hand changes, basic steps in closed and open position -  and adds to it: left turns, open-break turns, cross-body lead variation, and styling. Social dance practice with availability of one-on-one assistance is held at the end of each class. Music folders provided.

Class begins with a body movement warm-up. We teach Salsa step variations (aka "shines") and movement patterns in rotating lines. In the second half of class we apply these step patterns and turns in partner format, where combinations are formed through the acquisition of lead-follow technique. Class ends with a 15 minute practice session, where repetition of moves and individual assistance from instructors help students solidify skills.

Salsa Musicality
In Salsa, timing, rhythm and dance flow is cued to the dancer through richly layered music. Lead and follow between partners is created through the frame, points of connection, and tension. The flavor of Salsa derives from a fusion of Afro-Latin and European music and dance forms, enhanced by contributions from cultural phenomena around the world, including jazz, ballroom and various styles of pop music. Salsa is ecumenical, dynamic and accessible. Beginner Salsa will help you acquire the skills and sensibility necessary to survive on the dance floor, advance to higher levels, and form a basis for your own dance style.

Wear comfortable, fitted, non-baggy attire. For your feet, we suggest dance shoes, flats, worn sneakers or other well-fitted footwear that is easy to move in. Loose shoes and high heels not recommended.

Dinner & Dance Party
Every Wednesday Salsa socials are held after class at Agava Restaurant. All students taking Salsa class at the Barn receive a 10% dinner discount on Wednesdays. Enjoy DJd Latin dance music, extra instruction, classy ambience, outdoor patio and a fabulous drink menu.
Join Salsa at Agava Facebook Event and invite your friends!

Class size limit: 30. Partners rotate. Rotation not required for couples. Gender free: each student is free to learn the lead or follow role. New students register for Beginner 1. Beginner 2 or higher for continuing students who have completed Beginner 1 or have instructor permission.

Cost (for 5 weeks of class):
Non-students: $65 for series, $120 per couple, $15 drop-in.
Students: $55 for series, $100 per couple, $13 drop-in.
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Instructor: Michael Luis Ristorucci
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Cultural, Dance (Social), Music, Class/ Workshop


Student Organization, Latino Studies Program





Non-students: $65 for series, $120 per couple, $15 drop-in. Students: $55 for series, $100 per couple, $13 drop-in.

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