SALSA Series 5 Weeks & After-Party :: Learn Salsa!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 5:15pm to 9:00pm

Big Red Barn


WEDNESDAYS- Starts June 19
Dates: 6.19, 6.26, 7.3, 7.10, 7.17
Beginner 1 6:30-7:45pm or 7:45-9:00pm (choose one when registering)
Beginner 2 & 3 5:15-6:25pm

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 by layered Afro-percussion based orchestral style music. Lead and follow between partners is created through the frame, points of connection, and tension. The flavor of Salsa derives from a core of Afro-Cuban, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latin and Iberian 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, inspiring, 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 individual dance style.

After Party!
Every Wednesday Salsa socials are held at Agava Restaurant. All students of these classes enjoy a 10% dinner discount on Salsa nights (orders need to placed by 10pm). See Salsa Fiesta Agava for event details. SPREAD THE WORD! Join Event on Facebook and invite your friends.

Class size limit: 35. 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.

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.

Non-students: $65 for series, $120 per couple, $15 drop-in.
Students: $55 for series, $100 per couple, $13 drop-in.
Register Online to guarantee place. On-site registration accepted pending space available.

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Instructor: Michael Luis Ristorucci
Questions? Email instructor

Event Type

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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Michael Ristorucci

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